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The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

We are excited to share with you a new feature of our CANCER NURSING blog!  For each new issue, we will now add comments to our blog from each author published in that issue.  These comments will be focused on what their published work really contributes to oncology.


Below are comments from two authors published in our current issue, 37:2 (March/April), regarding their work:


Identification of Need for an Evidence-Based Nurse-Led Assessment and Management Protocol for Radiation Dermatitis


by Oddie, Kay RN, AND, OCN; Pinto, Margaret MA, BSN, RN; Jollie, Shelley BSN, RN, CORLN; Blasiak, Elizabeth MSN, RN, OCN; Ercolano, Elizabeth DNSc, OCN; McCorkle, Ruth PhD, FAAN


Dr. McCorkle writes:


Our first choice was to publish this article in CANCER NURSING because of its global circulation. Not all countries have the capabilities to provide comprehensive cancer therapies; however, radiation therapy remains a standard treatment for most. As a result, we want to stress the importance of the nurses’ role in assessing patients’ skin before, during, and after treatment.  Helping to maintain the skin’s integrity to limit infection and maximize patient’s comfort will help patients complete their treatment and give them the best chance at eliminating or controlling their cancer.



Existential Anxiety and Growth: An Exploration of Computerized Drawings and Perspectives of Children and Adolescents With Cancer


by Woodgate, Roberta L. PhD; West, Christina H. PhD; Tailor, Ketan Med


Dr. Woodgate writes:


This innovative work is important as it provides evidence that the active engagement of children’s imaginations through the use of a computer-drawing tool may have significant therapeutic value for assisting children with cancer to explore, understand, and manage their physical suffering, as well as the associated anxiety they live with. This work also highlights the importance of nurses engaging in therapeutic conversations with children, as well as the entire family.


Heterogeneous Demographic and Cultural Profiles of Chinese American Patients Nonadherent to Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Latent Class Analysis


by Strong, Carol PhD; Ji, Cheng Shuang PhD; Liang, Wenchi PhD; Ma, Grace PhD; Brown, Roger PhD; Wang, Judy Huei-yu PhD


                      Dr. Wang writes:


Our empirical findings unveil the fact that many Asian immigrants who have dwelled in the US for over 20 years still face significant challenges in utilizing recommended colorectal cancer screening services. The underutilization results from compounding factors that include individuals’ cultural beliefs, knowledge, linguistic capacity, and social resources (e.g., exposure to healthcare information). The length of US residency is not necessary to induce conceptual and behavioral assimilation into mainstream healthcare. Research on effective health communication with Asian immigrants through community and clinical settings is essential.


Enjoy this current issue of CANCER NURSING!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

We would like to take this moment to express our profound appreciation for our reviewers' many contributions to the knowledge found in our journal.  In tribute to that, we have made a donation to the American Cancer Society (ACS) in their honor.   We are pleased to inform you that the ACS has gratefully accepted this donation!  

Sunday, March 02, 2014

We would like to extend special congratulations to the School of Nursing at Yale University for having two of its authors published in the same issue of CANCER NURSING!


Identification of Need for an Evidence-Based Nurse-Led Assessment and Management Protocol for Radiation Dermatitis” by


Oddie, Kay RN, AND, OCN; Pinto, Margaret MA, BSN, RN; Jollie, Shelley BSN, RN, CORLN; Blasiak, Elizabeth MSN, RN, OCN; Ercolano, Elizabeth DNSc, OCN; McCorkle, Ruth PhD, FAAN




"The Effect of a Community-Based Exercise Intervention on Symptoms and Quality of Life" by


Knobf, M. Tish PhD, RN; Thompson, A. Siobhan MPH; Fennie, Kristopher PhD; Erdos, Diane MSN

were both published in our current issue, 37:2 (March/April).  In honor of this special event, we have added both of these articles to our Free (Open Access) Collection.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More Ways to Measure the Impact of Published Studies in CANCER NURSING


In cancer care and in almost all nursing specialties, we have adopted quality indicators of our direct care. The measures of these indicators are purposefully linked to credible sources that provide a benchmark against which each reporting nursing care setting and the units within each setting can be compared to each other across defined periods of time. We argue about the validity of what is chosen as an indicator, what the definition of the indicator includes and how it is measured. Despite the unsettled aspects that are the basis of these arguments, we do have consensus about the merits of having a comparison metric that allows us to learn more about our own care.

In peer reviewed publications, the journal impact factor is used as a quality indicator. The formula that underlies this impact metric is based on a calculation involving the average number of citations for that journal during the measurement period in relationship to the total number of papers published during that very same measurement period (for journals indexed by Thomson-Reuters). Arguments about the validity of this approach most certainly exist.  A current conversation in different forms of media is a continuation of arguments against the journal impact factor and advocating for more of a focus on the impact of a single author or of a single article. This conversation includes the word ‘altmetrics’1,2 which reflects the impact of the article and not the journal3 and serves as a real-time feedback indicator that can quickly alert a potential reader to the status of a published article being a ‘must read’ or a ‘no need to read’. With the volume of published studies steadily increasing, having a filter that could help to guide our decisions regarding our available time to absorb new content would have its place. Comparing our impressions of the ‘must reads’ as it applies to our individual research programs and comparing those impressions with the more traditional steps to identify relevant literature could indeed be a form of measurement. But like our current measures, this, too, would be informative but insufficient.

Trends at the individual author level are important and most certainly are used as indicators of quality   when individuals are being considered for promotions or as an investigator for a submitted grant.  Trends at the individual author level are also measureable within available literature for similar purposes, but a different kind of trend might be a more informative indicator of what readers of science are seeking. With that in mind, we have begun monitoring the number of citations per published paper in CANCER NURSING. We share these with you here as a way of honoring the authors involved and also as an indicator of what reviewers and readers seem to be favoring.

We have chosen the publication year of 2011 for our initial examination of impact in terms of most frequently cited studies published in CANCER NURSING. Of the 8 most frequently cited studies, six were related to developing and testing interventions to diminish negative experiences for individuals (adults or children) receiving cancer treatment or to increasing positive experiences of being a cancer patient. Three of the studies included a focus on fatigue and two of these included a focus on physical activity and fatigue. One of the studies focused on the experiences of oncology nurses. There is quite definitely a breadth of interest represented in the most frequently cited papers and there are emerging themes such as the interest in interventions and symptoms. We are also monitoring where these published studies are being cited; the majority of studies were cited in cancer specialty journals including the medical oncology journal with the highest journal impact factor as calculated by the Thomson- Reuters formula, in interdisciplinary, nursing and in review journals. We take note that in general the trend is of an increasing number of citations over the three year span (2011 to 2013) of our examined citations, indicating that a look at citations must be longitudinal. 

We shall continue to examine trends in citations to see if the outcomes might contribute some degree of added guidance to our current review processes. Our interest remains in ensuring all readers of a high quality review process such that the highest quality studies are moved forward into publication in CANCER NURSING. We have profound interest in learning of direct benefit of our published studies in patient care but this interest exceeds the metrics now available to us. We look forward to the time when this metric is in our hands.

Our very best to you,

Pamela S. Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN



Susan Keller, MLS

Health Services Librarian

Children's National Medical Center

Washington, D.C.



1.      Priem J, Taraborelli D, Groth P, Neylon C. Altmetrics: a manifesto. http://altmetrics.org/manifesto/ accessed 1/24/14.

2.      Carpenter TA. Stick to your ribs: Altmetrics – Replacing the impact factor is not the only point. (retrieved from http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2014/01/23/stick-to-your-ribs-altmetrics-replacing-the-impact-factor-is-not-the-only-point/ February 5, 2014)

3.      Taylor, Mike. Exploring the Boundaries: How Altmetrics Can Expand Our Vision of Scholarly Communication and Social Impact. Information Standards Quarterly, Summer 2013, 25(2): 27-32.       (http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2013/v25no2/taylor/ accessed February 5, 2014)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This past year has been an eventful, truly wonderful one for CANCER NURSING.  We are so grateful for all of our exceptionally talented authors who continue to provide us with such remarkable papers.  Our theme issue, Volume 36, Issue 5 (September/October), was also a tremendous success and was presented at the 2013 SIOP meeting. 


We wanted to do a little something special in honor of our authors who published literature reviews in 2013 issues of CANCER NURSING; therefore, we have here compiled a mini-collection of their papers.  Please enjoy reviewing these articles once more.


Published in 36:1 (January/February):


The Context of Oncology Nursing Practice: An Integrative Review

Bakker, Debra PhD, RN; Strickland, Judith PhD(c), MN, RN; MacDonald, Catherine PhD(c), MN, RN; Butler, Lorna PhD, RN; Fitch, Margaret PhD, RN; Olson, Karin PhD, RN; Cummings, Greta PhD, RN


Sleep Patterns and Sleep-Impairing Factors of Persons Providing Informal Care for People With Cancer: A Critical Review of the Literature

Kotronoulas, Grigorios MSc, BSN; Wengstrom, Yvonne PhD, OCN; Kearney, Nora MSc, RGN


Young Men With Cancer: A Literature Review

Campbell-Enns, Heather J. MSc; Woodgate, Roberta L. PhD, RN

Published in 36:2 (March/April):


Disgust and Behavioral Avoidance in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment: A Systematic Review and Research Agenda

Reynolds, Lisa M. MSc; Consedine, Nathan S. PhD; Pizarro, David A. PhD; Bissett, Ian P. MD


Central Nervous System Injury and Neurobiobehavioral Function in Children With Brain Tumors: A Review of the Literature

Baron Nelson, Mary PhD; Compton, Peggy PhD; Patel, Sunita K. PhD; Jacob, Eufemia PhD; Harper, Ronald PhD


Published in 36:3 (May/June):


Illness-Related Emotional Experiences of Patients Living With Incurable Lung Cancer: A Qualitative Metasynthesis

Refsgaard, Birgit MScN, RN; Frederiksen, Kirsten PhD, MEd, RN


Published in 36:4 (July/August):


Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for the Identification of Supportive Care Needs in People With Lung Cancer: Are We There Yet?

Maguire, Roma PhD, MSc (Med Sci), BN, RGN; Kotronoulas, Grigorios MSc, BSN; Papadopoulou, Constantina MSc, BSN; Simpson, Mhairi F. MN (Cancer), BSc (Nursing), RN; McPhelim, John BSc (Hons) (Nursing), RGN; Irvine, Lynn PGD (Cancer Care), RGN


Published in 36:6 (November/December):


A Labor of Love: The Influence of Cancer Caregiving on Health BehaviorsRoss, Alyson PhD, RN; Sundaramurthi, Thiruppavai MSN, RN, CCRN; Bevans, Margaret PhD, RN, AOCN


Comparison Between Patient-Reported and Clinician-Observed Symptoms in Oncology

Xiao, Canhua PhD, RN; Polomano, Rosemary PhD, RN, FAAN; Bruner, Deborah Watkins PhD, RN, FAAN


Happy reading!

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