American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Standard 2.14: Nursing

Nursing care is provided by nurses with specialized knowledge and skills in diseases of the breast.

Definition and Requirements

The complex needs of cancer patients and their families require specialized oncology nursing knowledge and skills to achieve optimal patient care outcomes. The oncology nurse is an integral member of the multidisciplinary Breast Care Team (BCT).

Qualifications of a nurse with specialized knowledge and skills include:

  • Holding one of the following certifications from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC):
    • Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN®)
    • Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®)
    • Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®)
    • Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®)
    • Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®)
  • A nurse with documented knowledge and skills from previous education and experience in the care of women with breast disease

Process Requirements

Nursing care is provided by nurses certified in oncology nursing and/or with documented qualifications of specialized knowledge and skills in diseases of the breast.

Documentation

Complete all required standard fields in the Survey Application Record (SAR).

Evaluation

The surveyor will review and discuss the required documentation during the site visit.

Rating Compliance

Compliance

  1. Nursing care is provided by nurses with specialized knowledge and skills in diseases of the breast.

Noncompliance

The center does not fulfill one or more of the compliance criteria.

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