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Oncological Emergencies: Recognize and Respond

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Course Overview

Oncological Emergencies: Recognize and Respond
Maureen Sullivsn-Tevault author

Author: Maureen Sullivan-Tevault

Oncology patients can present significant challenges for both healthcare providers and caregivers. Modern-day chemotherapies may cause potentially life-threatening oncological emergencies. Nurses working with oncology patients must recognize signs and symptoms of such emergencies and be knowledgeable in treatment therapies aimed at reducing these risks (1). 

Course Outline

  1. Overview of Oncological Emergencies 
  2. Tumor Lysis Syndrome 
  3. Febrile Neutropenia 
  4. Superior Vena Cava Syndrome 
  5. Malignant Pericardial Effusion 
  6. Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone 
  7. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation 
  8. Hypercalcemia of Malignancy 
  9. Extravasation of Chemotherapy 
  10. Infusion Reactions (Hypersensitivity and Anaphylactic) 
  11. Case Study  
  12. Information on Oncology Nursing Society and Oncology Nursing Certification 
  13. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss various oncological emergencies as well as their signs, symptoms, and appropriate treatments. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss risk factors for oncology emergencies in certain patient populations (cancer-specific). 
  2. Verbalize the pathophysiology and etiology behind various oncological emergencies. 
  3. Identify clinical signs and symptoms of the most common oncology emergencies. 
  4. Outline nursing interventions associated with neutropenia precautions. 
  5. Identify nursing guidelines for the administration of IV chemotherapy. 
  6. Discuss patient education regarding prevention of oncology emergencies (early symptom recognition). 
  7. Verbalize critical differences between hypersensitivity reactions and anaphylaxis. 
  8. Describe the oncology nurse’s role in promoting compassionate end-of-life care and the correct treatment for the (advanced stage) oncology patient. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: July 07, 2021

Course Expires on: July 07, 2024

Course Offering: #104