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The use of a clinical resource nurse for newly graduated nurses in a pediatric oncology setting.

Authors
  • MacKay, Lyndsay Jerusha1
  • Bellamy-Stack, Catherine
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of pediatric oncology nursing : official journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
27
Issue
6
Pages
338–343
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1043454210368531
PMID: 20639344
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The pediatric oncology nursing unit at the Alberta Children's Hospital experienced a large influx of new staff nurses between May 2008 and November 2008. There were 16 in total, and only a few had previous experience, whereas the majority was newly graduated nurses. As a solution to the high numbers of new staff nurses, the role of a Resource Nurse was developed as a temporary position to assist new staff nurses with their patient assignment, prioritize their day, and deal with complex patient procedures/treatments. Also, the Resource Nurse assisted all staff on the unit in dealing with increased patient acuity, chemotherapy administration, acuity issues, family teaching, and complicated family situations. A total of 55 prebooked shifts were scheduled from November 2008 to January 2009. A questionnaire was handed out to the staff nurses as a means to determine the effectiveness of having a Resource Nurse work on the unit. Twenty-three nurses responded by filling out the confidential questionnaire. Overall, respondents reported that the Resource Nurse was beneficial to their practice on the unit.

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