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NU7528 Haemato-Oncology Nursing (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Recognize the psychological issues of transplant for the patient and their significant others.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of a patient undergoing stem-cell harvesting.
  • Compare and contrast allogenic and autologous bone marrow transplant.
  • Differentiate between the commonly anticipated complications of Bone Marrow
  • Transplant/Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant and discuss the management of these complications.
  • Discuss the nursing care of immuno-compromised patient.
  • Discuss the principles of management of oncological emergencies.
  • Analyse current practices in relation to clinical trials in oncology and haematology.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

Nursing patients’ with haematological/oncological malignancies involves managing a wide number of conditions including the leukaemias and site specific cancers. One of the treatments faced by patients with a haematological malignancy and their families is a haematopoietic stem cell transplant. This is a complex treatment, fraught with dangers and complications both immediate and delayed. Transplant can include the use of cytotoxic medications, radiotherapy and bone marrow ablation and rescue. The aim of this module is to facilitate the nurse to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively care for the patient undergoing treatment of a haematological disorder or site specific cancer.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

  • Brown, C. G. (2010) A Guide To Oncology Symptom Management. Oncology Nursing Society: Pittsburgh.
  • Grundy M. (ed.) (2006) Nursing in Haematological Oncology 2nd edn. Bailliere Tindall: London.
  • Hatton, C.S. Hughes-Jones N.C. Hay, D. (2013) Lecture Notes: Haematology, 9th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Hoffbrand A.V. & Moss P.A.H. (2011) Essential Haematology 6th edn. Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Langhorne, M.E. Fulton, J.S. and Otto, S.E. (2007) Oncology Nursing 5th edn. Mosby: London.
  • Provan, D. Chisholu, H. Duncombe, A. Singer, C. & Smith, A. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology 3rd edn. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.