Oncology Education

UPMC Shadyside hospital is the Oncology hub for the system in Pittsburgh due to our close proximity to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center (HCC). Our emergency department sees a large number of oncology patients. It is important that our newly hired nurses are educated on important topics during their on-boarding like types of cancers, recognizing oncology emergencies, identifying venous access, chemo precautions, and resources.

The knowledge gained by this activity will help the new hires to care for oncology patients more effectively and work more efficiently with other members of the emergency department health care team leading to better outcomes for our patients.

Target Audience

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and clinical staff.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the pathophysiology of many types of cancer
  • Explain various treatment modalities in oncology​
  • Apply the various treatment modality principles as they relate to their job at Shadyside Emergency Department​
  • Describe the management of patients on chemotherapy precautions
  • Identify various oncology emergencies and oncology resources throughout the Shadyside Hospital.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States


  • Danielle Brightshue, BSN, RN, CEN -Professional Staff Nurse Expert, UPMC Shadyside Emergency Department
  • Jaylan Lunsford, BSN, RN, CEN - Professional Staff Nurse Expert, UPMC Shadyside Emergency Department


  • Persephone Newton, BSN, RN, CEN - Nurse Educator, UPMC Shadyside Emergency Department
  • Ruth Fisher, MSN, RN, CEN, EMT-P - Unit Director, UPMC Shadyside Emergency Department
  • Breanna Unger, BSN, BS, RN, CEN, EMT-P - Senior Clinican, UPMC Shadyside Emergency Department


No planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.


The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or Affiliates and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.25 contact hour.

Other health care professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.25 Attendance
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