Twenty nurses at Memorial Medical Center – Lufkin recently joined the more than 68,000 nurses nationwide who have taken the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course. The course is designed to create consistency in chemotherapy administration.
Nurses from the Kurth 3 (K3) nursing unit at Memorial participated in the 2-day class that provided a comprehensive overview of chemotherapy and biotherapy issues. The class provides a theoretical knowledge base needed to administer treatments, including cellular kinetics, drug classifications, safe handling of hazardous drugs, administration, side effect management and more.
“It feels like the standard of care is changing daily in the world of health care,” said Brenda Taylor, Interim Nurse Manager on K3. “We encouraged our nurses to take part in this class in an effort to assure that we provide the highest level of care to our patients requiring chemotherapy and biotherapy treatments.”
“While the class is not a requirement for nurses treating cancer patients, it helps nurses caring for these patients stay up-to-date on the treatments they are administering. While all of our nurses who deal with cancer patients are highly trained, this course just adds to our standard of care at Memorial,” added Taylor.
Cutline: Nurses at Memorial Medical Center – Lufkin recently attended the 2-day Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course. Those who attended, include (back row l to r) Laurie Smith RN (DSU), Ajo Samuel RN (K3), Denita Criswell RN (DSU), Willie Spikes RN (K3), Angela Marquardt RN (K3), Randi Harmon RN (PCU), Vernon Austin RN (K3), Sarah Wade RN (K3), Stephanie Kitchens RN (K3), Jordan Redmond RN (K3), Misty Stewart RN (K3), Laurie Wood RN (K3), Melony Wilkerson RN (DSU), Reeja Joby RN (K3), (front row l) Charrie Ramos RN (PCU), Lisa West RN (K3), Kristen Mendez RN (K3), Brenda Taylor, RN, Interim Nurse Manager (K3), Lisa Green MSN, RN, AORN from MD Anderson, Brittany Davis RN (K3), and Jennifer Eaves RN (K3) (not pictured Doris Duffield, RN, Nurse Manager K3).