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Class Information for Chemotherapy Biotherapy for Non-Oncology Setting


Two day course providing the fundamentals of administration and nursing management of the non-oncology patient receiving cytotoxic and biologic agents. This course is specifically designed for nurses in the MSS and NBHP Services who administer chemotherapy and/or biotherapy to patients for conditions other than oncology (For example: Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, CGD, Diabetes, MS, PML, Sickle Cell).

Contact Hours

This course has been approved for 17.5 contact hours from the Maryland Nurses Association. The presenters have no conflicts of interest. The Maryland Nurses Association is an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please call Melanie Mudd/Nurse Educator at (301) 827-4755. This activity has no commercial support or sponsorship. Planner, presenters and content reviewers disclose no conflict of interest relative to this educational activity.

Special Comments

Pre-course requirement: -Complete online presentation (non-oncology conditions treated with chemotherapy and/or biotherapy -successfully pass online post presentation quiz -select one condition and the appropriate chemo/bio treatment, prepare a case study/presentation for peers. Course requirements: -attend both days -present case study to peers -successfully pass post course test Successfully passing course (including pre-course work) will meet the behavioral indicator (BI) for Chemotherapy Biotherapy competency validation.

Target Audience

Nurses in MSS and NBHP services administering chemotherapeutic/biologic agents to patients with a non-oncology diagnosis or patients specific to MSS and NBHP program of care.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe nonmalignant indications for chemotherapy and biotherapy agents 2. Identify steps in the administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy agents: pretreatment, during treatment, and post-treatment 3. Discuss the assessment and management of side effects of therapy 4. Describe safe handling of hazardous drugs 5. State pertinent patient education related to chemotherapy and biotherapy


Completion of the following Nursing Department competencies: 1. Peripheral Venous Access Device 2. Safe handling of Hazardous Drugs 3. Medication administration 4. Complete the on-line pre-course work and prepare case study prior to course

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