Research into the workload analysis in the outpatient oncology unit
- Harcourt Publishers
- Publication Type:
- Journal Article
- European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2002, 6 (1), pp. 6 - 12
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This project evaluated the roles and workload of Registered Nurses (RNs) within an outpatient Cancer Care Centre (CCC) of a tertiary referral hospital in Sydney, Australia. The research incorporated the two distinct areas of radiation oncology and haematology oncology. Patient throughput (incorporating clinic attendance and treatments) was known to have increased substantially since the centre opened in 1994. The nursing Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) for the CCC were determined when the centre opened with minimal change to the nursing establishment since then. Nursing staff perceived that their workload had increased substantially and that their roles had become more complex. Work sampling was conducted over a 3-month period and identified the range of nursing activities performed by the oncology outpatient nurse. The nurses were found to have a large administrative role while their nursing activities ranged from basic nursing tasks to more specialist activities including patient counseling and complex chemotherapy regimes.
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