Born to Stand Out

by Nursetopia on March 2, 2013

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! You might be asking yourself, “Does Dr. Seuss really have a place in healthcare?” Sure he does. His words remain as inspiration to those of us in service fields, and he absolutely has a unique connection to health care. He inspired this joint healthcare story a while back.

So, here’s a reminder from an author that celebrated the beauty and importance of individualism. It’s okay to diverge from the “norm;” be yourself! You can download this free, printable poster reminder, too.



AONN Conference Poster Love

by Nursetopia on September 29, 2011

The Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) 2nd Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, September 16-18, 2011. This was the first time AONN included posters from nurse navigators throughout the U.S. One of my favorite posters, Role of the Nurse Navigator in Lung Nodule Follow-Up, by Gean Brown, RN, OCN®, Lisa Cull, MSN, BS, RN, OCN®, and Robert Wolek, MD, is below. You can also download it via the link in the previous sentence.

It explains a Lung Quality Assurance Program in which a nurse navigator liaises with numerous providers to ensure follow-up care for patients who have lung nodules identified incidentally (e.g. a patient has to get an abdominal CT for a variety of reasons and the radiologist just so happens to identify suspicious lung nodules within the image). You might think patients are always told about incidental suspicious findings and they are always referred for further testing by the provider originally ordering the image. However, patients are frequently “missed” or “lost” this way, leading to delayed diagnoses and poorer health outcomes. This is an excellent example of how a system or process can improve communication and lead to earlier diagnoses and improved patient care and outcomes.

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Many thanks to Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN®, and UC San Diego colleagues for allowing me the opportunity to share their poster, Development and Launch of a YouTube-Based e-Journal Club for Oncology Nurses: Nursing Research News You Can Use (NRNYCU), which was featured at the 36th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress in Boston.

Ellen's poster was highlighted at the 36th Annual ONS Congress. Click to enlarge.

I enjoy sharing evidence-based practices via Nursetopia, and when that intersects with technology, well, it’s just lovely. Ellen’s poster definitely caught my attention at Congress. It is a great idea to take journal clubs to the next level, utilizing social media. You can learn even more about Nursing News You Can Use from the UC San Diego Health System. I hope others learn from the efforts and try something similar to increase evidence-based practices within their own institutions. You can download the poster to reference in your presentations and articles.

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Many thanks to colleague, Julia Whitaker, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, for allowing me to share her poster, Using Social Networking to Engage Breast Care Nurses Worldwide, which was presented at the 36th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress in Boston last month. Needless to say, her poster leaped out at me, and it was definitely unique amongst all the others. Way to go, Julia!

Julia's poster was presented at the 36th Annual ONS Congress. Click to enlarge.

You can also download her poster to print or reference in your upcoming presentations and articles. Please do so!

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Many thanks to Patricia Poirier, PhD, RN, AOCN®, for allowing me to share her poster, Health Policy Advocacy Begins in Undergraduate Nursing School, which was highlighted at the 36th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress in Boston last month. I love her poster because I recently have become active in health policy…and it has only taken me seven years as a nurse. FAIL. I did receive education about health policy in my undergraduate program, but I wish it was more comprehensive and pushed me to be active while in nursing school. Dr. Poirier’s poster is an excellent example that can easily be replicated by other programs to increase nurses’ health policy advocacy.

Dr. Poirier presented her poster at the 36th Annual ONS Congress in Boston. Click to enlarge.

You can also download Dr. Poirier’s poster to reference in your upcoming presentations and articles or share with your nursing program dean or director. Subtle hint, eh? Please do so and help increase or incorporate health policy advocacy into undergraduate nursing programs.


Presented at the 36th Annual ONS Congress in Boston, MA. Click to enlarge.

Download this poster to reference in your upcoming presentations or articles.

Full disclosure: I am an author of this poster, and I think it very important to follow gained knowledge into transference of nursing (and other healthcare professional) practice.


Many thanks to Patti Palmer, RN, MS, AOCNS®, and collaborating authors for allowing me to share their recent Oncology Nursing Society Congress poster. Sickle-cell pain management is a touchy subject within healthcare, at least it is in my opinion. I think that our personal attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors greatly impact pain management, often negatively, for millions of people suffering from sickle-cell disease. What do you think?

Patti Palmer, RN, MS, AOCNS's poster drew my attention at the 36th Annual ONS Congress in Boston. Click to enlarge and see the poster love!


If MacGyver was a nurse and needed to do a cervical cancer screening in the wilderness, this is the one he would use – visual inspection with acetic acid, or VIA*. I think he was more into wires and bomb diffusions, but whatever…

I had never heard about VIA in my sweet little nursing bubble until two years ago when I met some African nurses who were actually utilizing it to save their neighbors’ lives. I was amazed as they told me about their work, and I was shocked at how differently similar our clinical experiences were in comparison. According to Jhpiego, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in females globally killing more than 250,000 women annually. This from a cancer that is largely, what we call, “controlled” in the U.S. 80% of the world’s cervical cancer burden occurs in developing countries where as many as 95% of women have never had a Pap test.

VIA is particularly useful in developing countries in which financial and technical constraints serve as tremendous barriers to screening. A healthcare professional or lay worker is trained to swab a female’s cervix with acetic acid, otherwise known as vinegar, and then view or photograph the cervix under a bright (halogen) light, looking for clearly defined white neoplasms, or abnormal cells, that appear as a result of the chemical reaction.Very cool. And to make it even cooler, there are now examples of VIA practiced in telemedicine as explained in this poster-love video.

*VIA is also known as cervicoscopy or direct visual inspection (DVI).


Poster Love: CanTeen

by Nursetopia on November 22, 2010

I love seeing untraditional posters that still convey the point. Check out this poster from CanTeen, presented at the November 2010 LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting.


Poster Love: Perspectives in Oncofertility

by Nursetopia on November 21, 2010

Here’s one of my favorite posters presented at the November 2010 LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance meeting. Enjoy!