ONF podcasts feature insightful and informative interviews with authors who expand on the topics and questions raised in their articles. Listen instantly at your computer, or download to your iPod or MP3 player.
Self-Advocacy: How do cancer survivors manage symptoms? How does self-advocacy impact symptom management? How can healthcare providers facilitate patient empowerment? Listen in as lead author Teresa Hagan, BSN, RN, BA, responds to these and similar questions as she discusses her article “Ovarian Cancer Survivors’ Experiences of Self-Advocacy: A Focus Group Study.” In this podcast, the concept of self-advocacy, as defined in the literature, is discussed in regard to how it applies to the cancer survivor. Also, themes that emerged from focus groups will be presented from the perspective of the ovarian cancer survivor, and nursing implications for clinical practice will be described to support survivors’ symptom management and the process of self-advocacy.
Managing Uncertainty: What uncertainties are experienced by breast cancer survivors? Does an uncertainty management intervention change coping strategies? Are there differences between uncertainty management between younger African American and Caucasian breast cancer survivors? Lead author Barbara B. Germino, PhD, RN, will describe uncertainty in young breast cancer survivors and respond to these and similar questions as she discusses her article "Outcomes of an Uncertainty Management Intervention in Younger African American and Caucasian Breast Cancer Survivors." Highlighted in this podcast is the uncertainty management intervention, which was intended to teach strategies for managing uncertainty in younger breast cancer survivors.
Sexuality Problems: Do all patients experience sexuality problems associated with diagnosis and treatment? What is the best approach to discuss sexuality with patients? What are nursing interventions to assist patients with sexuality issues? In this podcast, Pam McGrath, BSocWk, MA, PhD, discusses these questions and presents implications for oncology nurses about her article "The Impact on Sexuality After Diagnosis and Treatment for a Hematologic Malignancy: Findings From Australia." This qualitative research, which was part of a larger study exploring issues associated with the experience of survivorship, expands on previous research by exploring sexuality in patients undergoing treatment for hematologic malignancies.
Phenomenologic Inquiry: In this podcast, coauthor Norma Krumwiede, EdD, RN, describes van Manen's phenomenologic inquiry and analysis as she discusses her article "The Lived Experience of Men Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer." The aim of this qualitative study was to explore men's experiences and perspectives of prostate cancer to gain a better understanding of this phenomenon and related coping mechanisms and needs.
Mirrors After Mastectomy: Lead author Wyona Freysteinson, PhD, MN, discusses the unique experience of a woman viewing herself in a mirror following a mastectomy as presented in the article "The Experience of Viewing Oneself in the Mirror After a Mastectomy." Findings suggest that each woman creates her own meaning and interpretation of self by explaining what she sees in a mirror.
Radiation in Head and Neck Cancer: In this podcast, lead author Mary Ellen Haisfield-Wolfe, PhD, RN, OCN®, discusses strategies to assist patients with head and neck cancer that were presented in her article "Perspectives on Coping Among Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Receiving Radiation." This qualitative study explores coping strategies and resources used by patients with laryngeal or oropharyngeal cancer during radiation.
Pediatric Chemotherapy: Cheryl Rodgers, PhD, RN, CPNP, CPON®, presents implications for oncology nurses caring for children receiving chemotherapy who experience nausea and vomiting as she discusses her article "Children's Coping Strategies for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting." This study not only evaluates frequency, duration, and distress of CINV but also expands upon previous research.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Among African Americans: In this podcast, Kelly Brittain, discusses her article "Sociocultural Differences and Colorectal Cancer Screening Among African American Men and Women," which expands on previous research investigating the relationship between cultural identity, family support and influence, colorectal cancer beliefs, and informed decision making among African Americans. Factors that affect the decision-making process related to colorectal cancer screening are presented, highlighting differences and similarities among African American men and women.
Hermeneutic Phenomenology: Lead author Meghan L. Underhill, PhD, RN, AOCNS®, brings us to the philosophical clearing in the woods in regard to breast surveillance with her article "Engaging in Medical Vigilance: Understanding the Personal Meaning of Breast Surveillance." In this podcast, in-depth hermeneutic phenomenology is explored and discussed, particularly related to understanding of the phenomenon of breast surveillance among women who are the "experts on their illness."
Distance Caregivers: How do we define “distance” in caregiving? Is it measured in miles, time, feelings, or relationships? This month, lead author Polly Mazanec, PhD, ACNP, AOCN®, answers these and similar questions as she discusses her article “Lack of Communication and Control: Experiences of Distance Caregivers of Parents With Advanced Cancer.” In this podcast, the benefits and burdens of distance caregiving are explored as well as ways to support adult children of parents with advanced cancer.
Partners of Breast Cancer Patients: Listen in to this interview of Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN, the lead author of “Exploring a Diffusion of Benefit: Does a Woman With Breast Cancer Derive Benefit From an Intervention Delivered to Her Partners?” In this podcast, Cochrane elaborates on the role of partners and the promise of an indirect effect of a nursing intervention on the psychosocial well-being of women with breast cancer.
End-of-Life Care: This podcast features an interview with Carla P. Hermann, PhD, RN, the lead author of the article "Determinants of Quality of Life in Patients Near the End of Life: A Longitudinal Perspective."
Physical Access Barriers: Listen to an interview with Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, lead author of the article "Physical Access Barriers to Care for Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer Among Women With Mobility Impairments."
Fatigue in Adolescents: How does the experience of treatment-related fatigue affect the adolescent? Do boys experience it differently than girls? Are older teens more distressed than younger ones? Jeanne Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN®, the lead author of the article “Patterns of Fatigue in Adolescents Receiving Chemotherapy,” discusses her article and describes patterns of fatigue through the eyes of the adolescent.
Lesbian Women and HPV: Authors Carolee Polek, RN, PhD, AOCNS®, and Thomas Hardie, EdD, PMHCNS-BC, discuss their article “Lesbian Women and HPV Knowledge" in this podcast. Every woman, regardless of her sexual orientation, needs to be informed about routine health screenings and her relative risk for the development of diseases. Despite extensive outreach aimed at younger women, public health messages have failed to reach a sexually active subset of women.
Parental End-of-Life Decisions for Children: Cindy Rishel, RN, BSN, OCN®, author of "Conceptual Framework for the Study of Parental End-of-Life Decision Making in Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation," will address end-of-life decision making for parents and discuss why pediatric bone marrow transplant nursing should be viewed as a specialty practice and not merely an extension of pediatric oncology nursing.
Diagnostic Delay: What do you do if your patient says "If I can’t feel it, it’s not there"? What situational and cultural factors are barriers to participating in clinical trials? What are women’s reasons for diagnostic delay? Debra Wujcik, RN, PhD, AOCN®, author of "Delay in Diagnostic Testing After Abnormal Mammography in Low-Income Women," will answer these and other questions in this podcast.
Cultural Sensitivity: Carolyn Spence Cagle, PhD, RNC, author of "Blending Voices of Mexican American Cancer Caregivers and Healthcare Providers to Improve Care," will discuss cultural beliefts related to caregiving in this podcast as well as ways to optimize staffing models to improve cultural sensitivity in health care.
Centering Prayer: In this podcast, Mary Johnson and Marlene Frost, RN, PhD, AOCN®, share their experience with, demonstrate their dedication to, and describe their research on the effect of prayer as an intervention. Listen in as Johnson and Frost are asked questions about centering prayer and discuss their article "Centering Prayer for Women Receiving Chemotherapy for Recurrent Ovarian Cancer: A Pilot Study."
Loneliness in Breast Cancer Survivors: Breast cancer survivors can feel alone as they experience ongoing symptom burden and a changed sense of identity and connection. Mary Rosedale, PhD, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC, author of "The Survivor-Loneliness of Women Following Breast Cancer," says, "As even more women live with ongoing symptoms and awareness of their mortality, it is vital that treatment shifts toward greater attention to survivorship." Rosedale discusses this and more in this podcast.
ONS Research: In this interview with Ruth McCorkle, PhD, FAAN, the ONS research agenda is discussed, along with translating research into practice, the "best of the past," and more. (View the abstracts for the ONS 10th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research.)
Pediatric Hospice Care: In this podcast, Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, RN, PhD, is interviewed about her article "Physical Symptoms of Children Receiving Pediatric Hospice Care at Home During the Last Week of Life." This study explores the experiences of children of various ages as they receive end-of-life care from a pediatric hospice, reveals parents' preferences for strategies used by pediatric hospice programs to support dying children, and examines hope and spiritual well-being in adolescents with cancer.
Symptom Clusters: Listen to Sally L. Maliski, RN, PhD, author of "Symptom Clusters Related to Prostate Cancer Treatment," as she weighs in on the current controversy about prostate cancer screening and answers the questions "Who is the best observer of clusters of symptoms—the patient or the spouse/partner?" and "Do symptoms always cluster?"
Blaming the Patient: In this podcast, Michelle M. Lobchuk, RN, PhD, shares her experiences working with family caregivers of people with lung cancer and talks about the article "Does Blaming the Patient With Lung Cancer Affect the Helping Behavior of Primary Caregivers?" Lobchuk explains how she uses attribution theory to clarify controversial feelings experienced by family members and describes the value of empathic communication. She also provides suggestions for how nurses may help caregivers and patients work through the negative feelings associated with a lung cancer diagnosis.
Childhood Cancer Survivors: This podcast features an interview with Cheryl Cox, RN, PhD, lead author of "Supporting Breast Self-Examination in Female Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Secondary Analysis of Behavioral Intention." Cox shares her research experiences with children who have survived childhood cancer and its treatments and relates what we have learned about survivorship in general from this ever-increasing population of patients with special nursing needs.
Experiences With Suffering: Listen in as Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Nessa Coyle, PhD, RN, FAAN, discuss their article "The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing." Nurses who care for patients and families regularly need to protect themselves from compassion fatigue. Coyle and Ferrell discuss this danger and some of the ways in which nurses can develop some resilience.