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Pamela Clark
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Pamela Clark, CRNI, is a Nurse Supervisor for Accredo, a leader in specialty pharmacy care. She has more than 28 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.


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Current Concepts in Chemotherapy

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

This instructional course has been designed for nurses administering and/or caring for the patient receiving chemotherapy. Both nurses involved in infusing chemotherapeutic 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 nursing interventions, and the psychological implications of having these diseases and receiving treatment for them. These drugs are double-edged swords. They can both cure cancer and cause cancer. They are associated with more side effects and more serious side effects than most other medications nurses administer. Therefore, education related specifically to chemotherapy 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 chemotherapeutic agents. A link to each state board of nursing is listed here. Competency requirements are obtained and maintained through the nurse’s employer, facility or institution. This course provides 3 contact hours of continuing education.


Upon completion of this curriculum, the nurse will be able to:

1. Define how chemotherapy is used in cancer management
2. List the major chemotherapy drug classifications and their general mechanisms of action
3. Identify the major side effects/toxicities of chemotherapeutic agents
4. Describe safe chemotherapy handling techniques
5. Describe appropriate chemotherapy administration
6. Recognize common psychological effects in patients receiving chemotherapy


Chapter 1
Introduction to Chemotherapy
  • Definition
  • Goals of Chemotherapy
  • Cell Cycle
  • Chemotherapy Approaches

Chapter 2
Chemotherapy Drug Classifications
  • Cell-cycle Specificity
  • Mechanism of Action
  • Alkylating Agents
  • Antimetabolites
  • Antitumor Antibiotics
  • Mitotic Inhibitors
  • Topoisomerase Inhibitors
  • Miscellaneous
  • Cytoprotective Agents
Chapter 3
Chemotherapy Side Effects
  • Myelosuppression
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Integumentary
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Renal
  • Neurologic
  • Reproductive

Chapter 4
Safe Handling
  • Preparation
  • Administration
  • Disposal
  • Bodily Discharges

Chapter 5
  • Pre-administration Activities
  • Routes of Administration

Chapter 6
Psychological Effects
  • Grief
  • Loss of Status
  • Desirability
  • Long-term Concerns

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 30.00
Contact Hours: 3


After successful completion the licensed nurse: RN, LPN/LVN will receive 3.0 contact hours.  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467 and by the Florida Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-315837.

RN, Nurse Practitioner, and Clinical Nurse Specialist will receive 3.0 contact hours. Provider approved by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, CE Broker Tracking # is 20-315837.

This document must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the course concludes.

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