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nancy591
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My daughter is an RN student. She has to give an education lecture on any topic and choose a target audience. I told her she should do it on ovca awareness. She needs to list a specific number (I forget how many) of educational objectives for her target audience. I suggested her target audience be nursing students or nurses. I am hung up on the educational objectives. Of course the early symptoms of ovca but what else? Any ideas

kayandok
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How ovca is diagnosed, treatment options (this could be divided into surgeries and chemo options) and prognosis. She could end with bedside manner (is that still a valid word?) or a subject title that would cover how a nurse can relate to/communicate with an ovca patient (I would assume this part would be true of any cancer survivor). The dos and don'ts. I have been so blessed with having such aswesome nurses, especially in my experience in Japan. I would have to say that 99% of them seem to be doing their job primarily as a calling and because they love it, not just for a paycheck. Their dedication has helped me through a lot of the icky stuff I have had to go through.

So cool that she is going to do this!

kathleen

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childofthestars
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I think it's fab that your daughter is doing this.
Hmmmmmmm what i think would be really useful for her to point out is the lack of awareness by family doctors of the signs and symptoms of OVCA. Also that a woman should LISTEN to her body and if she feels that something is NOT RIGHT and the doctor fobs her off she should INSIST on having further tests - this could save many lives me thinks.
I think her target audience should be GP's (as they're known over here in England) or whatever the equivalent is in the States - primary care something????? I think she will find it quite scary how ignorant some doctors can be to the signs of this disease!!!
How are you doing?
Michelle x

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Mum2bellaandwilliam
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Where in the uk are you from?
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childofthestars
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I live in Hertfordshire, near Watford. You?

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Mum2bellaandwilliam
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I live near lowestoft in Suffolk, my husband worked as a demolition engineer for a firm based in watford called cantillon, maybe you know them?

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pattysoo
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I think a target audience should be oncology RN's. One topic that I just saw in MDA's newsletter is body image and cancer patients. Understanding that a patient may need to talk about their bodies' changes after surgery and chemo would be very helpful. Another topic could be the patient's need for quick response when troubling questions/conditions arise. Then managing fatigue and nausea and diet - all body topics again, I guess.

Another idea would be management of chemotherapy side effects for OVCA patients.

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Hissy_Fitz
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I think Patty is on the right track. I have had great oncology nurses, as far as technique, etc but many are very young and can't possibly imagine what this journey is like.

We need nurses, whether specialized or even just the first ones we encounter on the surgical floor, to talk to us about what lies ahead. I'm just wondering how much they are allowed to do that, though. Doctors can be so controlling.

We need to hear that chemo is not going to be as bad as we think. Most of us had very real fears about chemo, and it debilitating us, making us puke for days, etc.

We need to know that we are not to blame. Those 14 years you smoked? That didn't cause the OVCA. The not-so-healthy diet? Cokes? Your fondness for Tequila shots? None of those things are to blame. God isn't punishing you. Nothing you could have done, or refrained from doing, would have mattered.

We need to be treated like intelligent adults. Please don't talk down to us.

Explain what you are going to do, BEFORE you start. And tell us why it's necessary.

Remember that we don't speak the lingo, we're loaded on Morphine, and we're scared out of our wits. Please be patient with us.

Carlene

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