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Oncology Class Education: Excitement

  • 1.  Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 5 days ago
    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!

    Melissa Arangoa
    Oncology CNS
    UChicago Medicine

  • 2.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 2 days ago
    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.

    John Hillson RN
    Hillsborough NC

  • 3.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted yesterday
    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
    • 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

    Kevin Brandini
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    Providence Portland Medical Center
    Portland OR

  • 4.  RE: Oncology Class Education: Excitement

    Posted 3 hours ago
    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.



    Jennifer Barnhart
    Pendleton OR