The ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents. The course content is appropriate for nurses who are new to chemotherapy/biotherapy administration in the oncology setting or for those who want a comprehensive review of this topic.
Nurses without oncology experience may not have sufficient background to place the information into context. They should consider a basic review course or self-study prior to attending. For nurses administering these drugs in non-oncologic settings, the Treatment Basics Course may be more appropriate.
- Identify various therapeutic modalities used to treat cancer with emphasis on chemotherapy and biotherapy.
- Describe the investigational process all drugs undergo to gain approval for use.
- Review ethical and legal issues related to cancer therapy.
- Identify factors affecting response to cancer therapy.
- Identify selected commonly used agents, their mechanisms of action, and any unique administration issues.
- Discuss safety precautions necessary when handling cytotoxic agents.
- Review chemotherapy dose calculations and practice examples.
- Identify nursing procedures and interventions for administering cytotoxic and biologic agents.
- Discuss two immediate complications of cancer therapy, extravasation and hypersensitivity, and the nursing measures required to prevent and/or reduce these complications.
- Identify selected systematic side effects of cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents and the nursing interventions required to manage these side effects.
- Review specific patient and family education that may prevent and/or reduce the impact of systemic side effects.
The intended learner for this program is a licensed registered nurse with a minimum of 6 months employment as a nurse, who possesses a basic understanding of cancer biology.
ONS will award 13.5 contact hours to nurses who meet all course requirements.
ONS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
ONS is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 2850