A review of the educational needs of nurses administering cancer chemotherapy in rural and remote areas of Queensland

McCarthy, Alexandra & Hegney, Desley (2001) A review of the educational needs of nurses administering cancer chemotherapy in rural and remote areas of Queensland. Cancer Forum, 25(1), pp. 17-20.

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This paper describes current issues in chemotherapy nursing practice in rural and remote Australia. There is a trend to refer chemotherapy clients back to their rural and remote health facility for treatment from major oncology centres in Australia. However, it is increasingly apparent that the majority of nurses administering chemotherapy in smaller centres lack the theoretical and clinical knowledge to ensure optimum client outcomes and nurse/client safety. There are also issues unique to rural and remote life which will influence optimum chemotherapy service delivery.

The research program described in the paper will ascertain the education requirements of rural and remote nurses administering chemotherapy and the design and delivery of a chemotherapy education package specific to the rural and remote context. Similar programs will ensure the best standards of chemotherapy practice in non-metropolitan areas by enhancing the practical and theoretical knowledge base of rural and remote nurses.

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ID Code: 64546
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nursing education, chemotherapy, rural and remote, Queensland, review
ISSN: 0311-306X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2013 01:37
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 01:37

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