Quality-of-Life Issues—Oncology APN

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Learn how you can better address quality-of-life (QOL) issues with your patients to help them maintain QOL throughout the cancer continuum. Specifically created to address the needs of oncology APNs, the Quality-of-Life Issues—Oncology APN online course presents an extensive look at QOL considerations related to psychosocial issues, survivorship, and palliative care. This course is designed for advanced practice nurses with some experience in oncology.

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 six months.

Course Topics

QOL is a multidimensional concept that can be difficult to define due to the subjective nature of both positive and negative aspects of life. In this course you will further discover how psychosocial issues in cancer, cancer survivorship, and palliative care impact a patient’s QOL.

  • Psychosocial Issues in Cancer: theories, QOL, distress, cultural influences, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, spirituality, sexual alterations
  • Cancer Survivorship: survivorship issues, treatment effects, survivorship care planning, lifestyle and employment, case study
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care: definitions, difficult conversations, advanced care planning, care settings, medicare hospice benefits, interprofessional teams, symptom management, psychosocial support

This course is included in the AOCNS® and AOCNP® Certification Review Bundles. It is a recommended course if you are studying for your certification exam or are renewing your certification via the ILNA option. You may take this course on its own or purchase the bundle of five courses plus a practice test at a discounted rate.

AOCNP® Certification Review Bundle 

AOCNS® Certification Review Bundle

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based strategies and guidelines for quality-of-life, survivorship, and end-of-life care of the patient with cancer by achieving at least 80% on the post-test.

Target Audience

This course is designed for APNs with oncology experience who want to increase their knowledge about critical components of the APN's role in cancer care. This course is also appropriate for APNs preparing for advanced oncology certification or renewal via ILNA renewal points.

ILNA Breakdown

Content in this learning activity is applicable to meeting individual requirements for certification renewal through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation's Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method.

Up to 6.38 ILNA points may be applied to End-of-Life OR Professional Practice OR Psychosocial OR Survivorship.

No more than 6.38 total points may be claimed for the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Address the APN role in early recognition and effective clinical management for specific psychosocial issues related to cancer.
  • Discuss strategies for the implementation of survivorship care plans and summaries into advanced nursing practice.
  • Outline techniques for managing patients with cancer who are experiencing end-of-life issues.
  • Discuss the role of the oncology APN in helping to address the legal and ethical issues related to end-of-life care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course offer pharmacology content?

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

Technical Requirements

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