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Friday, April 24 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Improving Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes in Patients With Cancer

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Join us for a five-part session exploring how to implement symptom assessment and management strategies.
  • Lorie Davis, MSN, RN, OCN®, will present "A Systematic Review of Interventions for Treatment-Related Symptoms in Ovarian Cancer."
  • Michele Gaguski, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CHPN, APN-C, will present "Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Patients and the Cancer Care Team: An Oncology Nursing and Pastoral Care Collaborative."
  • Carol Belcher, RN, MS, AOCN®, CBCN®, will present "Instituting A Program For The Assessment, Monitoring And Management Of Distress In The Cancer Patient Population Of A Community Cancer Center."
  • Leslie Vietmeier, ARNP, will present "Touchy Subjects: Addressing Intimacy, Sexuality, and Fertility Issues in an Outpatient Oncology Setting."
  • Julie Otte, PhD, RN, OCN®, will present " Uncovering the Complexity of Sleep Complaints in Breast Cancer Survivors: Are Symptoms Indicative of Potential Sleep Disorders?"


  1. Describe the translation of cancer symptom management evidence into clinical practice.
  2. Discuss successes and barriers to implementing cancer symptom assessment and management strategies. 

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Carol Blecher, RN, MS, AOCN®, CBCN®

Advanced Practice Nurse, Clinical Educator, Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Michele Gaguski, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CHPN, APN-C

Clinical Director Medical Oncology/Infusion Services, Atlanticare Cancer Care Institute
I have been an oncology nurse for 25 years. My background includes hematology/medical oncology, nursing education, staff development, consultation, advocacy, administration and evidence based practice. I am an active member of ONS.
avatar for Leslie Vietmeier Heron, RN, MN, ARNP-BC

Leslie Vietmeier Heron, RN, MN, ARNP-BC

Survivorship ARNP, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Survivorship; collaboration between specialties, providers, institutions; networking; Integrative Nurse Coaching; Nurse Practitioner roles; bridging patients back to Primary Care; patient advocacy.

Friday April 24, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
414AB 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819