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Moore-Higgs GJ , Watkins-Bruner D , Balmer L , Johnson-Doneski J , Komarny P , Mautner B , Velji K
The role of licensed nursing personnel in radiation oncology part A: results of a descriptive study
Oncology Nursing Forum.. 2003 Jan-Feb;30(1) :51-8
PMID: 2003038394   
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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To identify the specific administrative, clerical, patient care, patient education, and research responsibilities that licensed nursing personnel perform in the field of radiation oncology. DESIGN: Descriptive. SAMPLE: 281 licensed nursing personnel employed in the field of radiation oncology in North America. METHODS: Subjects completed a six-page, self-administered questionnaire comprised of fixed-choice and open-ended questions. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Demographics, employment settings, and administrative, clerical, patient care, patient education, and research responsibilities. FINDINGS: Nurses in radiation oncology tend to be older (41-60 years of age) and considerably well educated, with many years of experience in this field. Nurses are responsible for a wide variety of tasks. The study found a strong demonstration of the role of nurse educator among radiation oncology nurses. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Radiation oncology nursing is a subspecialty in evolution. The data should provide support for further exploration of how patient education and support influence patient outcomes in radiation oncology.
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