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How has SIG membership influenced your practice?

SIG Involvement Beings Many Opportunities

When I first began working in cancer prevention and early detection more than 20 years ago, few nurses were practicing in that area. Membership in the Prevention/Early Detection SIG initially provided a means for me to stay current in a domain with few publications or resources. At Congress, I got to meet with others who shared my passion for this area of oncology, which eventually resulted in publication of articles and books and, most importantly, sharing about how to approach administrative and clinical challenges associated with the implementation of cancer screening and prevention programs. I have been the editor of the Prevention and Early Detection SIG Newsletter since 1996, and I have been able to interact with many authors both nationally and internationally, which has broadened my understanding of the science. As I grew in experience, I have had the privilege of mentoring nurses new to the area. I would encourage ONS members to get involved with their SIG. Sometimes the benefits are not immediately evident, but involvement may bring many opportunities.

Suzanne M. Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN[R], APNG

Professor, Saint Louis University

St. Louis, MO

TNI SIG Helps Me Better Understand My Patients

Membership in the Transcultural Nursing Issues (TNI) SIG has placed cultural issues in the forefront of my clinical outlook, especially when dealing with sensitive issues in the care of my patients with cancer. Prior to joining this SIG, oftentimes I viewed a terminally ill patient's refusal to sign a do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) solely as a sign of denial about the inevitable. But I have learned that some patients' so-called "refusal" really stems from a particular cultural view of the dying process. Some African Americans, for example, view signing a DNR as an act of surrender and thus a sign of weakness.

Being a part of the TNI SIG has ultimately directed my vision toward understanding my patients in their own cultural worlds and not imposing my own belief system onto their medical decisions.

Gina M. Bright, PhD, RN, OCN[R]

Staff Nurse, Medical Oncology Unit

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Norfolk, VA
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Title Annotation:YOUTELLUS; special interest group
Publication:ONS Connect
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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