Vol.1 No.1

Original Article

RJ-01005: Vol.1 No.1 pp.22-29
The Certified Nurse in Radiation Therapy Nursing: the activities and concerns
Yuka NOTO1, Toshiko TOMISAWA1, Chieko ITAKI1, Yoshiko NISHIZAWA1, Tomoko ICHINOHE1, Seiko KUDO1, Ruriko KIDACHI1, Maiko KITAJIMA1, Hideaki YAMABE1, Hideko URATA2, Yuko MATSUNARI3

1 Hirosaki University Graduate School of Health Sciences

2 Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

3 Kagoshima University Faculty of Medicine School of Health Sciences

Keywords: certified nurse in radiation therapy nursing, certified nurse, nursing practice
The purpose of this study was to investigate the activity of Certified Nurses in Radiation Therapy Nursing. The subjects were 64 Certified Nurses in Radiation Therapy Nursing. Surveys using questionnaires were conducted between the end of June and mid-July 2012. Responses were obtained from 40 persons. The results of the analyses revealed the following:
Certified Nurses in Radiation Therapy were able to provide experienced nursing practice to patients who underwent radiation therapy, while the nurses had less activity time than Certified Nurses working in other fields. Moreover, there was little time spent on nursing research, case study meetings, promotion of the radio-protective procedures in the institution, and on the preparation of radiation emergency medicine. The person in the authoritative position was unable to conduct a plan and enforce the continuing education and nursing research. We think that the following things are necessary: to promote the utilization system of authorized nurses in the institution, to support to organize case study meetings and nursing research, and to construct the education system which addresses the expansion of the radiation nursing region.