This instructional course has been designed for healthcare clinicians administering and/or caring for the patient receiving parenteral immunotherapy. All clinicians involved in infusing immunotherapeutic agents and those caring for patients receiving these medications need a working knowledge of the diagnoses for which they are given, side effects of the drugs, appropriate interventions, and the psychological implications of having these diseases and receiving treatment for them. These drugs are double-edged swords. They can treat cancer effectively but are also associated with significant and dangerous adverse effects. Therefore, education related specifically to immunotherapy is crucial to the safe and effective use of these drugs.
State Boards of Nursing have varying positions on the role of the LPN/LVN in the administration of infusion therapy, including the administration of immunotherapeutic agents. A link to each state board of nursing is listed here. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse¹s employer, facility or institution.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
Chapter 1: Introduction to Immunotherapy
Chapter 2: Immunotherapy Classifications
Chapter 3: Immunotherapy Side Effects
Chapter 4: Safe Handling
Chapter 5: Administration
Chapter 6: Psychological Considerations
Chapter 7: Bibliography
Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.Read Full Bio