Nursing

Research, Clinical Trials and Evidence-Based Practice Implementation

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is taking ownership for developing implementation plans and creating research orders to best support the needs of its patients.

Clinical Operations – Research Services (CORS)

The CORS team provides concierge services and partners with research teams to support faster study start-up and improved research care delivery. Research nurses are dedicated to individual studies and play an integral role in the research team.

Clinical Trials Unit

SCCA’s Clinical Trials Unit provides highly specialized care to patients who are participating in clinical trials. Nurses on the clinical trials unit work closely with research teams to deliver care and conduct important tasks for data collection and monitoring.

Nursing-led Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement

SCCA nurses are encouraged to take part in research, evidence-based practice (EBP) and quality improvement (QI) initiatives in their departments and across the organization. Every year, SCCA nurses promote the art and science of oncology nursing by writing abstracts, publishing articles and presenting posters based on their work at conferences all over the world. 

Past projects

2021

Abstract/Project Title

Team Members

Conference

Training for Telephone Triage

Martha Read, Jennifer Singer, Phuong Huynh, Stacey Chochoms, Sydne Mead-Smith, & Terri Cunningham

ONS Congress

Improving Chemotherapy Patient Education Through Standardization: Does A Policy Help?

Martha Read, Eve Segal, Laura Carr, Laura Crandall, & Terri Cunningham

ONS Congress

Developing Nursing Education Curriculum for a New Clinic Space and Model of Care

Jennifer Singer, Sarah Kimbrough, & Amelia Sherinski

ONS Congress

Going Virtual: Reimagining the Delivery of Continuing Education Through a Virtual CE Library

Briana Sanger, Katheryn Christiansen, & Kathleen Shannon Dorcy

ONS Congress

Providing Nursing Education in the Outpatient Oncology Setting During a Global Pandemic

Anna Peterson & Kimberly Ito

ONS Congress

Oncology Care in a Global Pandemic: Innovation to Enhance Patient Safety and Quality Care

Angie Rodriguez, Kim Koegel, & Jeannine Sanford

ONS Congress

Refining the Bone Marrow Processing Procedure to Create a More Efficient and Safer Product

Kristen Williams

American Society for Apheresis Conference

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Saline-Only Flush for Powerflow Locking

Emily Anderson

American Society for Apheresis Conference

Implementation of a Study Program for Qualification in Apheresis (QIA) Exam During COVID-19 Pandemic

Kristen Williams

American Society for Apheresis Conference

Performance Validation of TPE on Spectra Optia System

Mylene Macabeo

American Society for Apheresis Conference

Apheresis A procedure in which blood is taken out of the body, part of the blood is removed, and the rest of the blood is infused back into the body. Bone marrow The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Chemotherapy Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It may be given alone or with other treatments. Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy or biologic therapy.
2020

Abstract/Project Title

Team Members

Conference

Nurse Education – Care for CAR-T Cell Patients

Anne Reese

Transplant and Cellular Therapy Meetings (TCT)

Long-Term Follow-Up of CAR-T Cell Patients

Whitney Farowich & Soyoung Park

Transplant and Cellular Therapy Meetings (TCT)

Updates on Liver Cancer

Bente Dalby & Martha Read

Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society Symposium

Ethics – Clinical Research

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy

Hawaii Pacific Health Conference

Preventative Care – Oncology Patients

Mitch Mitchell

Hawaii Pacific Health Conference

A Psychoeducational Series for Caregivers: What the Caregivers Have Taught Us

Ann Breen, Tammy Weitzman, & Suni Elgar

ONS Bridge

Team Nursing: Considering a New Nursing Model

Sarah Kimbrough, Natasha Ng, Marni Walker, Ceyborn Newton, & Amelia Sherinski

ONS Bridge

Paclitaxel Reaction Rates and Impact on Nursing Practice

Melissa Powell

ONS Bridge

Patient Assignment Method Impacts on Nurse Satisfaction

Claire Kellogg, Colleen Detweiler, Michelle Pierce, & Katherine Ortner

ONS Bridge

Evaluation of Hazardous Drug Contamination in Bathrooms in an Ambulatory Oncology Center

Seth Eisenberg

ONS Bridge

Inspiring Collaboration and Change Through an Oncology Nursing Journal Club

Margaret O’Malley, Denae Davis, Lenise Taylor, Phuong Huynh

ONS Bridge

Integration of Nursing Research into Clinical Practice

Melissa Harlan, Fran Lewis, Katheryn Christiansen, Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Ellen Zahlis, Janice Lloyd, Terri Cunningham, Mary-Elizabeth Percival, Sunny So, Cynthia McMinn, Danielle Sutherlin, Donelle Rizzuto, Beth Champion, & Gloria Hernandez

ONS Bridge

Creating a Culture and Building Processes for Safe and Reliable Care in a Large comprehensive Cancer Center

Katie Maletich & Adina Maynard

ONS Bridge

2019

Abstract/Project Title

Team Members

Conference

Collaborative and Patient Centered Peri-Procedural Anticoagulation Management Process Standardization

Katy Leptich

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) Annual Conference

Nursing Partnership to Enhance Oncology Nurse Expertise and Capacity in Kampala, Uganda

Arlyce Coumar

Sigma Theta Tau 30th International Nursing Research Congress

Best practices with photography in BMT LTFU Telemedicine

Denae Davis, Mihkai Wickline, Rose Rivett, Larissa Murphy & Claudine Schneider

Transplant & Cellular Therapy Meetings (TCT)

Bridging the Gap:  Addressing Learning Disparities for Patients and Caregivers

Ann Breen

Transplant & Cellular Therapy Meetings (TCT)

Bridging the Gap:  How to Maintain Continuity of Care for our BMT Patients While Maintaining a High Quality of Life for Our Nurses

Shauna Barry

Transplant & Cellular Therapy Meeting (TCT)

Analysis of Interdepartmental Handoffs in an Ambulatory Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kim Koegel & Suzanne Veal

ONS Congress

Anticipating the Future of Oncology Nurse Staffing

Sharol Kidd

ONS Congress

Application of Team STEPPS in the Procedure Suite of an Ambulatory Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kim Koegel

ONS Congress

Blueprint for Transformation

Staci Heldring & Suni Elgar

ONS Congress

Changing Practice to Improve Discharge Communication from an Outpatient BMT Clinic

Denae Davis, Jennifer Lynch & Jenn Barrett

ONS Congress

Cytokine Release Syndrome (CRS) and Neurotoxicity in CAR-T Cell Therapy Patients

Reggie Delrosario, Lisa Davison, & Sarah Schwen

ONS Congress

Development of a Free Online Tool for Safe Handling of Hazardous Drug Excreta

Seth Eisenberg

ONS Congress

Development of a Vein Assessment Tool for Nurses in the Outpatient Oncology Setting

Amelia Sherinski, Phuong Huynh, Jill Williams, & Angela Rodriguez

ONS Congress

Empowering the Next Generation of Nurses:  In a Community Practice Setting

Rae Niculescu & Sharol Kidd

ONS Congress

Improving Fall Risk Assessments and Interventions in the Outpatient Oncology Setting

Steve Reusser & Ellen Alberts

ONS Congress

Improving Oncology Telephone Triage at an Ambulatory Cancer Center

Phuong Huynh, Martha Read, Terri Cunningham, Katy Leptich, Stacey Chochoms, Pat Groff, Sydne Mead-Smith, & Jennifer Singer

ONS Congress

Mitigating Risk for Malnutrition:  Intra-Professional Collaboration to Develop a Workflow for Automatic Referrals to Registered Dietitians for AML Patients Receiving GCLAM Therapy

Janice Lloyd, Kerry McMillen, & Patty McDonnell

ONS Congress

Oncology Nurse Roles and Care Delivery in an Ambulatory Immunotherapy Clinical Trials Unit

Eileen Crose, Alex Dorcy, & Annette English

ONS Congress

Oral Anti-Cancer Medication Program:  A Nurse Led Initiative

Catherine Munoz, Megan VanSanden, & Ellen Alberts

ONS Congress

Personalized Multidisciplinary Patient Care for Pancreas Cancer

Greta Valentin & Sarah Kimbrough

ONS Congress

Transforming Telephone Triage Workflow to Support Evidenced Based Practice and Improve Nurse Response Times

Stacey Chochoms, Emily McCambridge, Angela Rodriguez,

ONS Congress

Bone marrow transplant The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells. The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Because this treatment destroys the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells, bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells. Immunotherapy A type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. A therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. Some immunotherapies only target certain cells of the immune system. Others affect the immune system in a general way. Types of immunotherapy include cytokines, vaccines, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and some monoclonal antibodies.
2018

Abstract/Project Title

Team Members

Conference

Is Aspirin Helpful to Prevent Platelet Clumping During Health Donor MNC/HPC Collections Using the Optia CMNC Platform?*

*WINNER ASFA Allied Health Abstract 2019

Sarah Anonuevo-Yuvienco, Michael Linenberger, & Laura Connelly-Smith

American Society for Apheresis (AFSA) Annual Meeting

OPTIA BMP Validation Using a Reconstituted Bovine Product

Kristen Klimisch, Lindsay Palomino, Jacqueline Mina De La Cruz, Laura Connelly-Smith, & Michael Linenberger

American Society for Apheresis (AFSA) Annual Meeting

Lymphocyte Collection for the Manufacture of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cells – A Single Center Experience

Sherlyn Tuazon, Ted Gooley, Esther Lee, Thomas Eunson, Michael Linenberger, & Laura Connelly-Smith

American Society for Apheresis (AFSA) Annual Meeting

Ethical Considerations for Precision Medicine for Oncology Nursing

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy

BMT Tandem

Caregiver Group Improves Quality of Care

Ann Breen

BMT Tandem

Long-Term Follow-Up (LTFU) for Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Survivors: Building Collaborative Practice Between a Comprehensive Cancer Center and Community Oncology Nurse

Mihkai Wickline

BMT Tandem

Understanding the Many Facets of a Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Team Registered Nurse Role in an Ambulatory Clinic

Pat Groff & Suni Elgar

BMT Tandem

Nursing Consult Visits: Integral to the Pre-Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Patient’s Understanding of the Transplant Process

Teri Lewan

BMT Tandem

Journey through dedicated education unit from Nurse Residency to Professional Nurse

Kimberly Ito & Anna Petersen

ONS Congress

Oncology Nursing Collaboration with Uganda Cancer Institute and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Arlyce Coumar & Sharon Rockwell

ONS Congress

Keeping Communication Open:  A Structured Handoff Process between an Ambulatory Oncology Clinic and an Inpatient Unit

Courtney Guadiz, Karen Survis, Briana Sanger, & Lenise Taylor

ONS Congress

Identifying the Gaps In Telephone Triage

Pat Groff & Suni Elgar

ONS Congress

Expanding the Role of the LPN in Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Practice

Naomi Heinecke, Katy Leptich, Phuong Huynh, & Kathleen Shannon Dorcy

ONS Congress

Excellent Nursing is Key for Success of Early Discharge of AML Patients Post Chemotherapy

Donelle Rizzuto

ONS Congress

Innovation in Nurse Staffing and Role Development for Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Nurse Coordinators

Janice Lloyd, Elizabeth Stohr, Martha Read, & Sarah Kimbrough

ONS Congress

Professional Practice Nurses and Oncology Clinical Expertise Support

Katy Leptich, Seth Eisenberg, Rae Niculescu, & Terri Cunningham

ONS Congress

Nurse Intern Pilot in an Ambulatory Oncology Infusion Suite

Sarah Schwen & Timothy McSpadden

ONS Congress

The Role of Low-Volume IV Tubing for Outpatient Infusions and Clinical Research

Seth Eisenberg

ONS Congress

Telephone Triage Tool for Pain Assessment in Sickle Cell Patients and Early Detection of Acute Chest Syndrome

Shinu Cherian

ONS Congress

Maximizing Efficiency of Patient Chemotherapy Education

Stephanie Thrasher & Shinu Cherian

ONS Congress

Disease-Specific Team Model of Care in Ambulatory Oncology*

*Chosen as one of the best of ONS

Sunny So, Donelle Rizzuto, & Janice Lloyd

ONS Congress

Succession Planning for Direct Caregivers:  Fill the Knowledge Gap

Suni Elgar

ONS Congress

Scalp Cooling Implementation Following FSA Approval

Maggie Fisher, Trisha Marsolini, Michelle Ahrens, Megan Murphy, Amy Walker, Emily Apfel, & Angela Rodriguez

ONS Congress

Feasibility Analysis of Early Drug Delivery

Katharine Kinsman PharmD, Trisha Marsolini, Stacey Chochoms, Krystle Rowley, Sarah Schwen, & Angela Rodriguez

ONS Congress

Nursing Residency Program

Sharol Kidd

PSONS Symposium

Expand the Role of the LPN in Ambulatory oncology Clinical Practice

Katy Leptich, Phuong Huynh, & Naomi Heinecke

PSONS Symposium

Dedicated Education Unit in the Ambulatory Oncology Setting - Streamlined Onboarding

Seth Eisenberg & Sharol Kidd

PSONS Symposium

Quality Efforts to Improve Medical Oncology Scheduling

Ellen Alberts & Brittani Clay

Seattle Nursing Research Conference

Antigen A foreign substance, such as bacteria, that causes the body’s immune system to respond by making antibodies. Antibodies defend the body against antigens. Apheresis A procedure in which blood is taken out of the body, part of the blood is removed, and the rest of the blood is infused back into the body. Bone marrow transplant The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells. The process of treating disease with high doses of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Because this treatment destroys the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells, bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells are given after treatment to help the body make more blood cells. Caregiver A person who gives care to people who need help, such as children, older people or patients who have chronic illnesses or disabilities. A person who gives care to people who need help taking care of themselves, such as children, older people or patients who have chronic illnesses or disabilities. Caregivers may be health professionals, family members, friends, social workers or members of the clergy. They may give care at home, in a hospital or in another health care setting. Chemotherapy Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It may be given alone or with other treatments. Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy or biologic therapy. Infusion An injection of medications or fluids into a vein over a period of time. Infusion An injection of medications or fluids into a vein over a period of time. Lymphocyte A type of immune cell that is made in the bone marrow and is found in the blood and in lymph tissue. The two main types of lymphocytes are B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes. A type of immune cell that is made in the bone marrow and is found in the blood and in lymph tissue. The two main types of lymphocytes (white blood cells) are B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes. B lymphocytes make antibodies, and T lymphocytes help kill tumor cells and help control immune responses. Platelet A tiny, disc-shaped piece of a cell that is found in the blood and spleen. Platelets help form blood clots to slow or stop bleeding and to help wounds heal. A tiny, disc-shaped piece of a cell that is found in the blood and spleen. Platelets are pieces of very large cells in the bone marrow called megakaryocytes. They help form blood clots to slow or stop bleeding and to help wounds heal. Having too many or too few platelets, or having platelets that do not work as they should, can cause problems. Checking the number of platelets in the blood may help diagnose certain diseases or conditions.

Watch our 2021 Abstract Celebration

After a most challenging year in healthcare, we wanted to take time to celebrate the hard work, creativity, and innovative accomplishments of our SCCA colleagues and provide inspiration for your own practice. 

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