A keynote presentation on â€œfingerprintsâ€ might be more suited to a police convention than an oncology nursing symposium.Â That is unless Selinza Mitchell is the speaker. Mitchell, a nurse educator and presenter was the keynote speaker at the third annual Winship Oncology Nursing Symposium, held March 18 and 19 at the Evergreen Conference Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Mitchellâ€™s presentation focused on the impact oncology nurses have on the hundreds of patients and families they touch, both literally and figuratively.Â It is the oncology nurse whose â€œfingerprintsâ€ are on the entire matrix of therapies, from administration of todayâ€™s latest targeted-therapy drugs to helping patients and families navigate an increasingly complex health care system.
That concept also formed the basis of many of the discussion groups that were part of the symposium.Â â€œThe entire model of care delivery is changing,â€ says Amelia Langston, MD, professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute.Â â€œCare delivery is more of a team approach and is less physician-centered.Â Therefore there is great interest in the expanding role of nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.â€
The Winship Oncology Nursing Symposium has grown in three short years into one of the most informative and influential among this growing market of nursing continuing education opportunities.Â Among the topics covered in this yearâ€™s meeting were cancer genetics, image-guided medicine, minimally invasive treatment, disease-specific topics and the expanding role of non-physician providers against the backdrop of health care reform.
â€œThe health care system is demanding cost effective, clinically relevant continuing education programs in nursing and specifically in oncology nursing,â€ says Joan Giblin, MSN, FNP, a course director for the symposium and Manager of Patient Access at Winship.Â â€œOffering a high quality, regional program that can provide the latest information on advanced nursing practice, research, and other issues is central to meeting that need.â€
In addition to Joan Giblin, course directors for the event were Deena Gilland, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing at Winship, and Kevin Schreffler, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Winship.