Clear Masks Improve Patient-Provider Communication

Even before the pandemic, masks hampered communication for patients with hearing impairment. An experience MSK nurse Brianna DiTullio had with an immunocompromised patient in 2019 inspired her to research the use of clear masks. She recently shared her results at the Oncology Nursing Society’s Annual Conference. They were reported by Oncology Nursing News.

In her study, DiTullio first surveyed 6 patients with hearing impairment to establish a baseline for their speech perception. Staff members wore clear masks when meeting with the patients over two days, after which the patients took a follow-up survey. The results were notable: before the switch to clear masks, 67% of the patients reported often having difficulty understanding staff. After the intervention, this number decreased to 33% of the patients. Patients also reported an increase in trust levels of hospital staff.

DiTullio recommends that hospitals invest in clear masks to allow for communication with this significant patient population.

New eBook – Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice: Model and Guidelines

The MSKCC library has a new eBook, entitled Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice : Model and guidelines.

New topics and features in this third edition include tips for using the newly updated Johns Hopkins Nursing EBP model and guidelines, tips on seeking funding for the advancement of inter-professional collaboration and teamwork, and tools to guide the EBP process.

Explanation of the Practice question, Evidence, and Translation (PET) approach to EBP projects, overview of the Patient, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome (PICO) approach to EBP question development, and exemplars detailing real-world EBP experiences are also included.

The Role of the Clinical Trial Nurse

It takes a team to complete a clinical trial. An essential member of that team is the clinical trial nurse. MSK’s Elizabeth Panora, Clinical Trials Nurse Practitioner, recently discussed her work at the 38th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium. Oncology Nursing News featured her presentation.

Clinical trial nurses are essential to coordinating the care of research participants. They manage the consent process, ensure protocol guidelines are followed, and maintain accurate documentation.

Want to learn more about clinical trial nursing at MSK? Read this feature.