ICCN 2023

2022 Instructional Sessions

Instructional Sessions During ICCN 2022

Instructional Session 1

Title: Managing A Palliative Care Population on an Inpatient Oncology Unit
Speakers: Ms. Kathleen Shuey, Lisa Chartrand, Sasilekha Jyothik
Date and Time: 24 February 2022 @ 11:15 – 12:30 GMT

At the end of this session, participants will be able to discuss
1. Management of end-of-life patients using a palliative care model,
2. Opportunities for future improvements based on unit metrics and future trends.

In 2021, 5 beds on a medical oncology unit were dedicated to Palliative Care for of end-of-life patients. Nursing leadership collaborated with the Palliative Care Team to develop an implementation plan that supported the existing nursing staff while improving the quality of life for the patient/family.

• Background on palliative care versus hospice
• Comparison / differences of the patient population, medical oncology versus palliative care, (e.g., goals of therapy, medical management, use of rapid response team, nursing care)
• Patient/family resources (dedicated palliative care staff: e.g., physician [admitting versus consulting], advance practice provider, chaplain, child life services, music therapy)
• Unit preparation (e.g., review of procedures, staff education)
• Opening day
• Issues identified after the opening of unit and resolution (e.g., visitor guidelines, disease treatment options)
• Metrics (e.g., patient-focused, nurse focused)
• Future trends

Instructional Methods
The session will include didactic content with a PowerPoint presentation. The session will be interactive with polling questions for participants.

Instructional Session 2

Title: Using Patient Reported Outcomes (Pros) to Guide In-person and Virtual Nursing Practice
Speakers: Dr. Linda Watson, April Hildebrand, Lindsi Chmielewski
Date and Time: 25 February 2022 @ 02:15 – 03:30 GMT

This session will highlight the utility of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) in nursing practice to deliver person-centered, responsive symptom management and care coordination. This instructional session will provide case-based scenarios of how PROs can be used in virtual or in-person nursing assessments and implementation strategies for different settings.

1. Understand the benefits and use of PROs as a component of person-centred care
a. Discuss tangible strategies for embedding PROs in nursing practice in both in-person and virtual care
2. Explore how PROs can support tailored care delivery
3. Discuss how change management principles can support the use of PROs in nursing practice

• Foundational knowledge of person-centered care in nursing practice
• Concepts, evidence, and case studies supporting the use of PROs in routine nursing practice as a component of person-centered care
• Overview of key change management principles to support both individuals and teams/programs in implementing PROs in a variety of settings
• Targeted strategies for implementing and educating staff to use PROs as a routine piece of nursing practice both for in-person and virtual care

Instructional Method(s)
• Content review related to theory/principles supporting person-centered care, PROs, and symptom management
• Case-based discussion
• Group discussion

Instructional Session 3

Title: A Road Map for Developing Health Policy
Speakers: Yael Ben Gal, Julia Downing and Stella Aguinaga Bialous 
Date and Time: 25th February 2022 @ 06:00 – 07:15 GMT

The purpose of this session is to look at how we develop and use policy and position statements that are appropriate, useful, and can bring about change in practice. The session will draw together many of the themes of the conference such as health disparities, health crises, global health, and the impact of health on the environment.

By the end of the instructional sessions participants should be able to:
1. Describe the process of developing and utilising policy statements
2. Discuss how to identify priorities for policy statements
3. Discuss how to write a policy statement
4. Describe some of the key issues in the implementation and dissemination of policy statements

Many nurses think of health policy as something that other people are involved in, that is for the health leaders and shakers within their country, region, and globally. However, policy is important for all of us. Policy will drive what we do, whether that be policy at the global, national, organisational, or departmental level. Thus, we all need to have an interest in policy, in understanding the policy context, and how to implement and use policy. Policy and position statements are important, but they need to be useful and helpful to us in practice, thus the development of an advocacy framework around the use of policies helps us to identify how they can be used, what we can do with them, and monitor and evaluate their use.

This session will take us through the process of developing and utilising policy/position statements.
1. It will start by looking at how we identify priorities for the development of policy statements – what is the policy environment that we need to be concerned with, and therefore how do we decide if there are gaps in policy and whether there needs to be a new policy and position statements.
2. Once we have identified the gap, how do we then go about planning and writing the policy/position statements – how are these informed, how do we frame them, how long should they be, what about language?
3. Dissemination and implementation – How do we use policy statements and disseminate them in order to have the greatest impact. Examples will be shared from within cancer nursing throughout the session

By the end of the session it is hoped that nurses attending will have a better idea of how they can develop and utilise policy within their workplace, and what ISNCC is doing with regards to policy statements Discussion: Empowering and inspiring nurses in all aspects of cancer care, including policy is essential if we are to reduce health disparities and make a difference globally as cancer nurses.