Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee Addresses Need for Educational Materials in Palliative Care and Symptom Management
by Susan L. Beck, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States. ISNCC Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee Chair, ISNCC Conference Management Committee Member.
One of the major objectives of the Knowledge Development and Dissemination (KDD) Committee is to improve the utilization of the ISNCC website as a point of access for nurses to find and utilize educational materials. The ISNCC Strategic Plan (http://www.isncc.org/?page=StratPlan) specifically outlined the following activities which the KDD Committee is addressing.
- Develop a system for identifying existing international educational resources and linking to these resources.
- Review content of newsletter and website based on feedback from educational needs survey and update as appropriate.
- Offer educational resources in languages other than English.
- Develop links with other organizations that have relevant educational material in languages other than English
- Develop dissemination plan for existing educational resources.
The KDD Committee began this process by assessing both the educational needs of our members and reviewing which resources are currently available. The Communications Committee conducted a Needs Assessment via a Member Survey in 2014. The participants included 15 full organizational members and 265 nurses who are individual members or potential individual members of ISNCC from around the world. The three most important categories for continuing education for cancer nurses rated by both full/association and individual members were the same: evidence-based practice in cancer care, management of symptoms and treatment induced complications and cancer prevention and screening. However, when individual members were grouped by level of income country, the most important category rated by the respondents from high and upper-middle income country was different from that rated by those from lower-middle and low income country. The former group chose evidence-based practice, whereas the latter group rated palliative and supportive care as the most important category for continuing education for cancer nurses, followed by cancer prevention and screening.
Current resources available from ISNCC are located on the ISNCC Insight (http://www.isncc.org/?page=Insight). Three types of Resources are available; in some cases access is only available to nurses who are ISNCC members.
Online Resources (http://www.isncc.org/default.asp?page=InsightResources) which contain a variety of types of resources, fact sheets, guidelines, patient tools etc. Many are focused on specific types of cancer treatment such as targeted therapies and have resulted from special projects funded with generous grant support from industry. Many of these are available in more than one language.
Resources from Past Conferences (http://www.isncc.org/?page=PreviousICCN). This section includes slides (in pdf format) or recordings from the major plenary presentations from International Conferences on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) held since 2006. The ICCN is the longest running international conference for our profession and offers a unique opportunity to meet with international cancer nursing leaders from around the world, in one place, at one time. All recordings are in English.
Webinar Library (http://www.isncc.org/?page=Webinars) The ISNCC Educational Webinar Library features experts in the field speaking on relevant hot topics. Topics include: (1) Workforce/Workplace Issues and Strategies for Success, (2) Long Term Breast Cancer Survivorship Care – Who will Provide it and What are the Needs, (3) Patient Safety Issues, Including Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs, Infections, (4) Treatment Updates – New Treatments and Their Nursing Implications-Including Target Treatments, (5) New Chemotherapy regimens/Drugs, New Radiotherapies, (6) Psychosocial and Communication Issues, (7) Nutritional Issues in Cancer, (8) Women’s Health Issues in Cancer Specifically Sexuality, Intimacy, and Other Issues, and (9) Abstract Writing, Submission and Presentation Skills. All webinars are in English.
Based on this assessment, the KDD Committee identified a significant gap in educational resources in a high priority area – palliative care and symptom management. The committee decided to create a web-based resource for our members that will include educational materials for nurses as well as patients and families. Resources/information will be shared on the website in ISNCC Resources. ISNCC Insight. The Committee agreed to concentrate on pain and nausea/vomiting as the first topics, as these are prevalent and troublesome symptoms regardless of type of cancer or setting. There are ample resources available for both patients and nurses related to these symptoms and the most efficient strategy is to easily link oncology nurses around the world to these educational materials. Committee members have now identified a “first wave” of candidate resources for the members to review. Criteria for inclusion include the following.
- Are the materials from a credible source?
- Are the materials relevant and helpful to ISNCC members?
- Are the materials no more than 5 years old?
We have developed an annotation template and are recruiting volunteers from member organizations to review and annotate materials in specific languages that may not be represented by our KDD Committee members. We will be evaluating the numbers of individuals who access these resource summaries once they are made available. If you have a potential patient or nurse educational resource related to pain or nausea/vomiting that you would like us to include, please send it to ISNCC Head Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Stay tuned for an announcement of the availability of this new resource in 2016.