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Go Mo-Mo-Movember Pinterest Board

Movember Pinterest BoardIn one way or another, I am always raising awareness of cancer. As much as I love my job as an oncology nurse leader, I would love for there to be no need for my services.

Events are popping up left and right these days, and while it’s tough work, it is personally satisfying to create something from nothing with great people to raise awareness of site-specific cancers and help screen community members for various cancers that can be detected early per national, evidence-based screening guidelines. I always refresh my memory as I prepare for cancer awareness talks or events, and it seems I always, always, always learn something new.

November, or Movember, as it is now well-known, is quickly approaching. I’m working on a few things in my area, and before I start, I always like to brainstorm – with people and by myself, with tools (such as the Internet) or with only my big-dreaming brain. Part of my recent brainstorming for Movember developed into a Movember/Mustache Mania Pinterest board. I’m simply sharing with you, as well, because it is far too easy to get sucked into Pinterest!

Do you or does your health care system do anything for Movember or to increase the awareness of men’s cancers? I want to know; I’m still looking for ideas!

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From Breaking Destructive Patterns to Nursing Nurses: A Nursetopia Reading & Education Mashup [Part 25]

NursetopiaMashupCroppedI’m forever saving articles, hoarding items in my RSS feed, favoring tweets, and emailing myself with items to look up. I’m never short of reading material, and many times I am overloaded with information that is just collecting electronic dust. This week I cleaned out my inbox and other online warehouses. Here’s some of the eclectic information I reviewed recently:

Am I the only one that does this? Surely not. What great reading is lurking in the electronic piles you keep?

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From Underestimated Cervical Cancer Rates to Handling Haters: A Nursetopia Reading & Education Mashup [Part 23]

NursetopiaMashupCroppedHere’s a little of what I’ve been reading recently:

What has taken your attention lately?

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From Creative Sleep to Uncourteous Doctors In Training: A Nursetopia Reading & Education Mashup [Part 17]

MashupAdmittedly, my extra reading has been limited recently due to other priorities. That’s okay, I’ve still caught bits and pieces of some really great stuff lately such as:

What have you been reading lately?

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From Google Eradicating Cancer to the Ultimate End-of-Life Plan: A Nursetopia Reading and Education Mashup [Part 15]

Here’s some of what I’ve been putting into my brain this week:

So what has caught your attention this week?

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From A Map of the Uninsured to Unplugging Every 90 Minutes: A Nursetopia Reading and Education Mashup [Part 13]

MashupHere’s a smidgen of the goodness I’ve been reading and watching this week:

What are you filling your brain with currently?

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From ‘Angel of Death’ Nurse to Building A Culture of Trust: A Nursetopia Reading & Education Mashup [Part 9]

Here’s a snippet of what I’ve been reading (and even watching) lately.

What about you? What are you reading this week?

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Predictors of Survival in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer [Article A Week]

The Article: Luo, J., Chen, Y., Narsavage, G. L., and Ducatman, A. (2012). Predictors of survival in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39(6): 609-616.

Big Idea: Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths both in the U.S. and worldwide. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) makes up 80%-85% of lung cancers. Patients typically present with advanced stages, and the median survival time is 4 to 15 months. Chemotherapy slightly increases five-year survival rates. The authors retrospectively studied several factors of 110 rural-Appalachian hospitalized NSCLC patients’ charts to determine one-year overall survival outcomes.

Survey Says!: The researchers found several significant predictive factors of NSCLC one-year survival including: low BMI, elevated neutrophil counts, elevated platelet counts, and advanced cancer stage.

Quotable: “The current study confirmed that cancer staging and low BMI are powerful predictive factors of survival” (p. 613).

“As with elevated neutrophil counts, elevated platelets also may have inflammatory significance; whether inflammation relates directly to prognosis or is merely associated warrants further exploration” (p. 614).

“The study findings were limited to investigating short-term (one year) lung cancer survival rather than long-term survival outcomes. However, in predicting short-term lung cancer survival, the study results demonstrated significant clinical prognostic factors that could be meaningful in clinical trial research with survival outcomes, clinical care, and related areas for treatment” (p. 614).

So What?: This article is fascinating to me. I learned a lot about already extensively-studied predictors of NCSLC survival as well as about the Charlson Comorbidity Index, or CCI, a validated comorbidity tool that helps weigh the impact of comorbidities on mortality.

NSCLC is a common cancer diagnosis with a relatively poor prognosis. It’s important for oncology professionals to understand predictors of survival – common parameters – in order to create early interventions impacting those predictors.

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Are You Perpetuating Cancer Myths?

WCD_Logo_RGB_2012Today is the Union for International Cancer Control‘s (IUCC) World Cancer Day. A lot of myths surround cancer. As healthcare professionals, it is our duty to help dispel these myths. Often, though, we are part of the perpetual myth-movement, standing silently by the wayside.

Are you perpetuating or dispelling the cancer myths?

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Surviving a ‘Sick Weekend’ with the Help of Nursetopia’s Reader

Copyright HiMY SYeD/photopia,
Copyright HiMY SYeD/photopia,


Two of my three kiddos are battling influenza type A, one with a bonus of strep throat and the other with the added joy of pink eye. Needless to say, my home is one giant petri dish at the moment. Strict routine hand-washing and disinfectant wipes are the norm today. It’s made for lots of lying around and cuddling, which means mommy can still be productive while catching up on the ole RSS reader. It made me happy in the midst of body fluids, whines, and supportive medication administration. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve read lately:

When Color Could Kill: Stories from the History of Paintfrom Houzz

Who is the Healthcare Consumer?from HealthWorks Collective

Linda Scheu and Angela Baldasare on Using Good Presentation Principles to Increase Potential Impactfrom AEA365

Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Secrets of Selling Your Ideas, from Brain Pickings

Business Can’t Solve the World’s Problems – But Capitalism Canfrom Dan Pallotta at the Harvard Business Review Blog

Medical Consent App is a Great Idea but Raises Controversial Security Implicationsfrom iMedicalApps

Lessons from the Ordinaryfrom Intentional Leadership

Organizations that Can’t Fall…Die on Their Feetfrom Not Running A Hospital

How Healthy is Your City, State, or Country? 40 Web Apps and Infographics to Find Outfrom The Health Hut

Rio de Janeiro puts QR codes in its mosaic pavementsfrom So much SCIENCE!

Invasionfrom A Molecular Matter

A Look Into the Archives: Giant Sequoiafrom the American Museum of Natural History

How Our Brains Judge Risk and Effortfrom Neurotic Thought

21 Emotions for Which there are No English Wordsfrom PopSci via Radiolab

If you’re not following these blogs/sites, consider adding them to your RSS reader now. You just might need a plethora of reading material at the tips of your fingers.

What are you reading these days?