ONS Nursing Documentation Standards for Cancer Treatment provides distinct elements required for appropriate nursing documentation that can be used consistently across practice settings. Through proper documentation, practitioners can ensure the highest level of comprehensive cancer care by eliminating potential gaps in patient reporting. With the Affordable Care Act’s focus on reporting quality outcomes, proper documentation is essential in all practice settings.
The documentation standards allow future healthcare professionals to understand the care that’s been previously delivered, and they eliminate missed information when working with an interdisciplinary team or patients with comorbidities. Raising the level of care through proper documentation is a must for healthcare professionals now and in the future.