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Nursing Research and Education

Nursing Research and Education
The Division of Nursing Research and Education is nationally renowned for its collaborative, multidisciplinary scientific studies on oncology care. The research program is organized around two major themes: quality of life and symptom management. Studies range from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care, providing valuable insights in cancer control and population science. Research conducted by this division has improved the care delivered to patients throughout the nation. The Division also holds several professional educational programs each year. Please click on the "Upcoming Conferences" tab for information and a listing of current educational opportunities.
Research Objectives
  • Conducting collaborative research studies on quality of life and/or symptom management in City of Hope’s targeted areas: prostate, colorectal,pancreatic, ovarian,breast and lung cancers; leukemia, lymphoma and other hematologic disorders.
  • Providing nursing research presence and expertise at all Cancer Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee and Institutional Review Board meetings.
  • Exploring strategies for nurse retention, with an emphasis on decreasing the stress of working with a cancer patient population.
  • Expanding research participation and evidence-based practice activities toward achieving Magnet Status criteria.
  • Disseminating findings of research studies, including information available on palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship, to those at City of Hope and throughout the United States.
Programs for Health Professionals
City of Hope’s Division of Nursing Research and Education conducts interdisciplinary research organized around the quality of life and symptom management of oncology patients. Multiple courses are offered throughout the year to health professionals from across the country.

Current Research

Goal 1
Describe the effects of cancer and cancer treatment on quality of life and symptoms in cancer patients throughout the trajectory of disease.
Ongoing studies include:
  • Describing quality of life in colorectal cancer survivors with stomas
  • Describing illness perception, pain and symptom distress in gastrointestinal cancers

Goal 2
Test interventions to improve quality of life and symptom management for cancer patients from diagnosis and throughout treatment, survivorship and end of life care.
Ongoing studies include:
  • Palliative care for patients with all stages of lung cancer
  • Support for family caregivers
  • Palliative care for patients in Phase 1 clinical trials
  • Use of technology to deliver communication training
  • Survivorship care planning in gastrointestinal and lung cancers
  • Comprehensive program to support recovery for patients and informal caregivers after thoracic surgery

Goal 3
Develop and disseminate curricula on palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship for health professions involved in cancer patient care.
Ongoing studies include:
  • Disseminating the end-of-life curriculum for nursing faculty and clinical nurses
  • Disseminating and evaluating survivorship education for multidisciplinary teams caring from cancer patients
  • Disseminating and evaluating transdisciplinary palliative care education for psycho-oncology professionals
  • Communication skills for oncology nurses and other professionals
  • Interprofessional team training for palliative-care communication
City of Hope's Breakthroughs blog has featured articles on the study of palliative care for lung cancer patients, our caregiver study and an most recently an Institute of Medicine Report  and video about delivering high quality cancer care for patients and their families.

Upcoming Conferences

Educational Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals
Pain Resource Nurse (PRN) Training Course
Visit the course website. and contact: Maggie Johnson, mjohnson@coh.org 626-256-4673 ext. 63202
  • August 26, 27, 28, 2014: Pasadena, CA
Preparing Professional Nurses for Cancer Survivorship Care
Visit the course website. or contact: Liz Gourdine: mgourdine@coh.org 626-256-4673 ext. 63488
Clinical Trials Training
Contact: Liz Gourdine, mgourdine@coh.org 626-256-4673 ext. 63488
New! Palliative Care Communication Training for Improved Quality of Care
This free two day grant-funded course will provide communication training for palliative care  professionals. The curriculum is appropriate for all core disciplines (physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain).  Participants will be comprised of competitively selected two-person teams from California palliative care programs. Using a goal directed method of teaching, faculty will help teams develop three goals for implementing process improvement related to communication. Goals will be followed at six and nine months post-course. CE/CME will be offered. Please contact Lisa Kilburn, pallcarecomm@coh.org for more information and to apply.
National ELNEC Courses 2014-2015

For more information about ELNEC & registration, please visit:  www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec
ELNEC-Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
     Aug. 21-22, 2014: Portland, OR
    *Oct. 20-22, 2014: Orlando, FL
*Indicates course offered and sponsored by Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

NEW!  For 2015
ELNEC- Core 2015
January 19 - 20, 2015- Anaheim, CA
August 19 - 20, 2015- Kona, HI
ELNEC- Pediatric
January 19 - 20, 2015- Anaheim, CA
August 19 - 20, 2015- Kona, HI
ELNEC- Geriatric
January 19 - 20, 2015- Anaheim, CA
August 19 - 20, 2015- Kona, HI

ELNEC- Critical Care
January 19 - 20, 2015- Anaheim, CA
August 19 - 20, 2015- Kona, HI
ELNEC- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
January 19 - 20, 2015- Anaheim, CA (Adult & Pediatric)
August 19 - 20, 2015- Kona, HI
ELNEC - Asian Pre-Conference
August 18, 2015-Kona, HI
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
June TBD 2015 - St. Louis, MO
All courses offer CE and/or CME units. Please contact us for more information

Research Staff

Administrative Staff

Current NRE Programs for Health Professionals

Recognized nationwide for its innovative biomedical research, City of Hope's Beckman Research Institute is home to some of the most tenacious and creative minds in science.
City of Hope has a long-standing commitment to Continuing Medical Education (CME), sharing advances in cancer research and treatment with the health-care community through CME courses such as conferences, symposia and other on and off campus CME opportunities for medical professionals.
City of Hope is one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, the highest designation awarded by the National Cancer Institute to institutions that lead the way in cancer research, treatment, prevention and professional education.
For the 11th year, U.S.News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.

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