Nursing Currents: The 7th Vital Sign - The Role of Nutrition in Oncology Nursing

Program Date: June 2012
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours

Course Description:

This issue highlights improvements in patient care quality that resulted when oncology nurses included the "7th vital sign" of nutrition screening and intervention into their nursing routine at three cancer centers in the United States.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe how adequate nutrition benefits the oncology patient.
  • Identify most common side effects of cancer treatment that impede proper nutrition.
  • Describe a method of malnutrition screening.
  • Media Format(s): Article (English)

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Carrie Daly, RN, MS, AOCN

Advanced Practice Nurse and Oncology Nurse Manager
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Carrie Daly, RN, MS, AOCN, is an Advanced Practice Nurse and Oncology Nurse Manager at Rush University Medical Center in Radiation Oncology. She has been a nurse for over 30 years. Head and neck cancer and symptom management have long been Carrie's specialty and passion.

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Carla Grieshop, BSN, RN, BA

Radiation Oncology Nurse Manager
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
Columbus, OH

Carla Grieshop, BSN, RN, BA, has been a Radiation Oncology Nurse Manager for the past 5 years, working not only to provide clinical nursing support, but to develop innovative ways to improve patient outcomes in Radiation Oncology. Her passion is striving to make the patient experience the best that it can be.

Rhone Levin, M.Ed, RD, CSO, LD

Oncology Dietitian
Mountain States Tumor Institute
St. Luke's Health System
Meridian, Idaho

Rhone Levin, M.Ed, RD, CSO, LD has been a Registered Dietitian for 24 years, and has specialized in oncology nutrition. She is a board certified in Oncology Nutrition. Rhone has been an oncology dietitian at the Mountain States Tumor Institute for St. Luke’s Health System for 3 years.


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