Resources Can Help Guide Nurse Staffing in Radiation Oncology

If you are seeking resources related to determining nurse staffing in radiation oncology, the following organizations can help guide you.

As part of its mission, the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) has developed a Practice Accreditation Program, consisting of standards for radiation oncology. According to the Manual for ACRO Accreditation, general staffing recommendations call for 1 nurse per 200–300 new patients per year.

In May 2011, the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) hosted an intersociety meeting to focus on revising the guidance provided in its "Blue Book," which looks at staffing patterns in radiation oncology. Through collaborative discussion and multidisciplinary writing groups, Safety Is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation and Oncology Care, was developed. The book focuses on four main areas:

  • Safety
  • The process of care
  • The radiation oncology team (including suggested staffing requirements)
  • Management and assurance of quality

Learn more about ASTRO's safety initiative.

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