Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing (Seventh Edition)

Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing (Seventh Edition)
Jeannine Brant, Diane Cope, & Marlon Saria
Elsevier, Health Sciences Division


This definitive resource for the specialty of oncology nursing will help you prepare for oncology nursing practice and for OCN® certification! The Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing, 7th Edition is the definitive resource for the specialty of oncology nursing, developed in collaboration with the Oncology Nursing Society. Organized to follow the OCN® Exam blueprint, this book covers the entire scope of oncology nursing, including screening and the continuum of cancer care, the scientific basis for practice, types of cancer, treatment modalities, palliation of symptoms, and cultural and spiritual care. An overview of each problem includes assessment, management, and expected patient outcomes. Edited by a team of oncology nursing experts led by Jeannine M. Brant and written in a streamlined outline format, the Core Curriculum is the #1 resource for the specialty of oncology nursing, for initial OCN® certification, and for OCN® recertification.

New to this edition

  • NEW! Updated content throughout reflects the 2022 OCN® Examination blueprint, along with the latest national and international guidelines and the most current research evidence.
  • NEW! A Myelofibrosis chapter is added to address this important cancer type, and a Social Determinants of Health and Financial Toxicity chapter addresses the cost of cancer treatment and financial burden of cancer treatment on patients and families.
  • NEW! COVID-19–related content reflects the impact of the ongoing pandemic, including differential diagnoses for pulmonary symptoms and the impact of delayed cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • NEW! Updated emphases mirror those of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2021 Essentials as well as the recommendations of the 2020-2030 Future of Nursing report.

Key Features

  • This definitive study resource for oncology nursing practice and the OCN® Examination is the only such resource developed in collaboration with and under the editorship of the Oncology Nursing Society.
  • Easy-to-use outline format makes study and review easier; it begins with theory and continues through the steps of the nursing process.
  • Safety Alerts and emphasis on safety highlight safety considerations to reduce errors and promote quality care.
  • Content on cancer treatment and related nursing care includes the most current and accurate information, preparing you for the OCN® Exam and for enhanced clinical practice.
  • Approximately 60 full-color illustrations and more than 150 summary tables explain complex concepts in oncology nursing, including up-to-date cancer staging information.
  • Coverage of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions includes both traditional and alternative therapies.

Author Information

Edited by Jeannine M. Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN, Oncology Nurse Specialist, Director and Lead Scientist, Collaborative Science and Innovation, Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana; Diane G. Cope, PhD, APRN, BC, AOCNP®, Director of Nursing, Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, Fort Myers, Florida; Marlon Garzo Saría, PhD, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN, Tarble Foundation Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Scientist, Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California; Assistant Professor, John Wayne Cancer Institute/Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Santa Monica, California and Clinical Nurse, United States Air Force

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