SCCA’s Nurse Researchers Set to Present at 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing

SEATTLE — July 7, 2017 — This is the largest number of nurse researchers invited to present at ICCN in SCCA’s history. Research topic areas of focus that include immunotherapy, patient safety, staffing models, global health and ethics, appear below.

“We are incredibly proud of our nurses for their accomplishments,” said Dr. Theresa M. McDonnell, Chief Nurse Executive, and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. “I don't know of any other institution that has an accomplished nursing workforce that is sending so many representatives.”


Nursing Competencies in an Outpatient T-Cell Immunotherapy Clinical Trials Unit; presented by Karen Anderson, MN, RN, AOCNS, BMTCN, CRNI and Anne Reese, BSN, RN, OCN.

  • Monday, July 10 at 9:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. (Park ABC); 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. (Podium)

Managing Cytokine Release Syndrome in Immunotherapy Patients in an Ambulatory Clinic; presented by Anne Nagengast, BSN, RN, BMTCN and co-authored by Nicole Falkin, BSN, RN, OCN.

  • Monday, July 10 at 9:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. (Park ABC); 9:45 a.m. (Podium)

Advances in Immunotherapy and Patient-Centered Care in a Therapy-Specific Research Setting; presented by Michelle Mitchell, BSN, RN, OCN and Alex Dorcy, BSN, RN, BMTCN and co-authored by Annette English, BSN, RN, OCN and Sharon Rockwell, BSN, RN, OCN, CRNI.

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 9:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. (Park ABC) and 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (Podium)

Patient Safety

Expanding a Safety Improvement Project Comprehensively Across Cancer Center Departments, presented by Sydne Mead Smith, BSN, RN, OCN.

  • Sunday, July 9 Poster Session – P-27 at 5:50 – 7:30 p.m. and Monday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Nurse and Patient Perception of Fall Risk on an Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Unit, presented by  Angela Knox, BSN, RN, OCN.

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 3:00 – 4:20 p.m. (Park D); 3:15 -3:30 p.m. (Podium)

Creating an Accurate Home Medication List in an Oncology Outpatient Clinic:  Can it be Done? presented by Terri Cunningham, MSN, RN, AOCN and Naomi Heinecke, LPN.

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 3:00 – 4:20 p.m. (Park D) and at 3:00 -3:15 p.m. (Podium)

Staffing Models

Assuring Best Practices in Oncology Staff Research Implementation at a Comprehensive Cancer Center, presented by Phuong Tran, BSN, RN.

  • Monday, July 10 at 3:00 PM – 4:20 p.m. (Park ABC) and at 4:00 – 4:15 p.m. (Podium)

Staffing Strategies for Best Practices in Oncology Infusions Ambulatory Clinics, presented by Trisha Marsolini, RN, OCN, and co-authored by Angela Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, AFN-BC, OCN.

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 10:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. (Park ABC) and at 11:20 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (Podium).

Global Health

A Model for Global Engagement of Oncology Nurses, presented by Arlyce Coumar, RN, OCN, OCN

  • Wednesday, July 12 at 9:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. (Park ABC) and at 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Podium)


Ethical Considerations of Precision Medicine for Oncology Nurses, presented by Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, BSN, MN, PhD, RN, Director of Clinical Nursing Research and Angelique Richard, RN, PhD, Vice President for Clinical Nursing at Rush University Medical Center.

  • Monday, July 10 at 4:40-6:00 p.m. (Park ABC) and at 5:10 -5:25 p.m. (Podium)

The ICCN conference is sponsored by the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC); founded in 1984. More than 60,000 nurses from across the world belong to ISNCC. This includes representation by national cancer nursing bodies, regional cancer nursing societies, oncology institutions as well as individual cancer nurse practitioners, researchers and educators. The mission of the organization is to maximize the influence of nursing to reduce the global burden of cancer.

The International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) is the longest running international conference for the nursing profession which brings together international cancer nursing leaders from around the world.

“Working at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance provides the opportunity for nurse researchers to actively practice a team-based nursing role in bedside science, and research supportive care programming,” said Dr. McDonnell. “We continually support nurses in this work, because at the end of the day we want to move the care forward, across teams, roles and boundaries.”

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