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Surveys Reveal Oncology Nurses’ CNE Preferences

Oncology nurses' CNE preferences.

At the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 44th Annual Congress in Anaheim, California, in April 2019, i3 Health surveyed oncology nurses regarding their educational needs on a variety of topics, including immune checkpoint inhibitors, cyclin dependent kinase (CDK)4/6 inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, poly(ADP)-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, and biosimilars. Regardless of the survey topic, all respondents were asked about their practice role, practice setting, and preferred formats for continuing nursing education (CNE) activities.

The 304 respondents included 107 inpatient nurses (35.2%), 67 clinic nurses (22.0%), 59 infusion nurses (19.4%), 31 nurse educators (10.2%), 18 nurse practitioners (5.9%), 17 clinical nurse specialists (5.6%), 16 nurse managers and supervisors (5.3%), 15 nurse navigators (4.9%), 13 research nurses (4.3%), 10 triage nurses (3.3%), 6 administrators (2.0%), and 2 nurses involved in quality control or patient safety (0.6%).

Ninety-two respondents (30.2%) worked in community cancer center or community hospital inpatient settings, while 67 (22.0%) worked in community cancer center or community hospital outpatient settings. Sixty-seven (22.0%) worked in academic cancer center outpatient settings; 65 (21.4%) worked in academic cancer center inpatient settings. Sixteen (5.3%) worked in community private practice. Eleven (3.6%) listed other practice settings, including nurse education, hospital safety nets, research, risk management, and home care.

The most popular format for CNE activities was local meetings such as ONS chapter meetings or in-hospital meetings, with 53.0% of respondents indicating a preference for this mode of learning. National conferences were preferred by 24.3%, print materials by 21.7%, and regional conferences by 20.4%. Live online activities such as webcasts and webinars were the second most popular activity format (37.5%). Between the preferences for live online activities, mobile apps (28.9%), and enduring online activities such as monographs, videos, and podcasts (23.3%), many respondents expressed interest in technologically based learning.

Two hundred and fifty (82.2%) of the nurses surveyed indicated that they would like to receive additional education on the topic of the survey they had completed.

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