Post-Master's Foundation in Cancer Care

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Are you an advanced practice nurse new to oncology? Maybe you work outside of cancer care but are seeing these patients in your practice. Either way, this course is for you. You’ll learn to identify the principles of cancer biology, genetics, and genomics and the roles they play in managing a patient with cancer. You’ll use the course ebook—Advanced Oncology Nursing Certification Review and Resource Manualrecommended readings, learning checkpoints, case studies, and more to help you build a the foundation you need to care for patients with cancer.

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for 180 days.

Course Topics

  • Cancer Basics, Genetics, Prevention, and Early Detection
  • Diagnosis, Staging, and Treatment Planning
  • Cancer Treatment: surgery, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies
  • Side Effect and Symptom Management: gastrointestinal and peritoneal/ascites, myelosuppression, pain and peripheral neuropathies, respiratory
  • Oncologic Emergencies
  • Survivorship
  • Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Psychosocial Issues
  • Professional Practice
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of skills and tools for advanced assessment and collaborative management of patients with cancer by achieving a post test score of ≥ 80%.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and/or clinical nurse specialists) in all clinical settings with limited or no prior oncology experience or knowledge and who are interested in identifying advanced concepts in oncology care.

ILNA Breakdown

Candidates may claim 36.5 CNE or ILNA points in any area of their choosing on the following blueprint areas: Diagnosis and Staging, End-of-Life, Oncologic Emergencies, Palliative Care, Professional Practice, Psychosocial, Survivorship, Symptom Management, Treatment.

Candidates will not be able to place the 36.5 ILNA points under both categories as the number of points claimed cannot exceed the total CNE points for the offering.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the principles of cancer biology, genetics, and genomics and how they play a role in the management of a patient with cancer.
  • Discuss the role of the advanced practice provider in screening, early detection, and prevention efforts.
  • Describe various diagnostic studies and how their results factor into the staging and prognosis of specific tumor types.
  • Discuss the care of the patient undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and or hormonal therapy for the treatment of cancer.
  • Explain strategies to address the identification, assessment, and treatment of specific side effects and symptoms related to cancer and its treatment.
  • Identify appropriate management strategies for the oncology APN to initiate for oncologic emergencies.
  • Describe methods to assess for key survivorship issues and the role of survivorship care plans and summaries into advanced nursing practice.
  • Identify principles of palliative and end of life care.
  • Discuss the role of the oncology APN in helping to address the legal and ethical issues related to end-of-life care.
  • Discuss the psychosocial aspects of the cancer experience including cultural influences.
  • Recognize standards of care and professional practice for oncology advanced practice nurse practitioners.
  • Describe different complementary and alternative medicine / integrative therapies and their use in the care of the oncology patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course offer pharmacology content?

Yes, this course contains some pharmacology content. View our estimated pharmcology content page for an estimate for this particular course.

Technical Requirements

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