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Oncology Class Education: Excitement

  • 1.  Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 11-30-2019 11:18
    Hi All

    Anyone out there participated or held a chemo/oncology topics class that has ideas to keep students engaged?  Any technology tools you used in the classroom to keep the lecture interesting, such as interactive quizzes, group projects, etc.?  Some topics can be very dry and I'm thinking of creative ways to keep students engaged/interested in the material.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Melissa Arangoa
    Oncology CNS
    UChicago Medicine
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  • 2.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 12-02-2019 16:04
    Any time I have taught a class, I make it personal. Even the driest topics have affected real human patients, and you are taking to an audience of caregivers. Create a scenario.

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    John Hillson RN
    Hillsborough NC
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  • 3.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 12-04-2019 13:27
    Hi Melissa,

    I coordinate a series of 3 oncology courses which entails many of the oncology fundamentals (e.g. onc symptom & emergency mgt, ​chemo/immune admin, haz drug handling, clinical trials, palliative and survivorship). We utilize a blended or flipped classroom model whereby nurses complete a series of ONS modules prior to attending a class. Then we spend class time reinforcing the content using a variety of ways to deliver the education. A few ways for delivering the classroom education  in a way that maintains interest and is interactive are:
    • Concept Mapping
    • Simulation
    • Hands-on skills
    • Games (Oncology Jeopardy, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune) (Good for ice-breaking in the beginning of class)
    • Bring in guest speakers -ask them to pose/take questions versus just giving a slide show
    • Kahoot.com is a great (free) online tool for quick interactive games (learners use a cell phone to pick their answers). You can pay $$ to receive a more advanced option -one that permits you to present slides along with the quiz.
    • Time your hands-on or really interactive topics late morning, just after lunch to help keep the stamina going.
    • Love John's recommendation to tell clinical stories to illustrate the content. I think it humanizes it, puts it into context, and perhaps makes an emotional memory which can be powerful for learning.

    Hope this helps,

    Kevin Brandini
    Portland, OR

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    Kevin Brandini
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Providence Portland Medical Center
    Portland OR
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  • 4.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 12-05-2019 11:54
    Hi Kevin,

    I live and work in Eastern Oregon in a small community outpatient oncology clinic.   Your oncology courses that you coordinate is this only for staff at your facility?  Or can outside nurses attend?  This is something I'd be very interested in participating in.

    Thanks

    Jennifer



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    Jennifer Barnhart
    RN
    Pendleton OR
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  • 5.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 12-06-2019 18:48

    Hi Jennifer,

    The Courses are offered only to staff within our health system. But I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. 


    Thanks, Kevin. 



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    Kevin Brandini
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Providence Portland Medical Center
    Portland OR
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  • 6.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 12-07-2019 02:31
    Our local CA clinic comes to our unit and does a monthly CA topic. The last two topics were Tumor Lysis Syndrome and Immunotherapy Toxicities.

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    Melinda Zyre
    RN
    Anchorage AK
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  • 7.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 12-07-2019 09:43

    Hi Melissa,
    ive Been teaching oncology classes for years and here is what I've found to work:
    - present case scenarios BEFORE teaching the content. Have them work in small groups and each have a different scenario. Then each groups presents and the whole class can discuss. After that, you teach the content and it goes faster and makes more sense to the class. Personal experiences related to content also makes it relatable. Games can get things going- there are app's for creating a Jeopardy game with content. You can divide the room into two teams with a token prize for the winning team. I'm happy to share whatever I have that may be useful. You can reach me at ljjohnson57@yahoo.com.
    Best of luck to you!
    Lori



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    Lori Johnson RN MSN
    QCP Site Surveyor
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    El Cajon CA
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