A Review: Pittsburgh's Oncology Nurse Researchers!

Pittsburgh, PA US
May 18, 2021

Join us for an evening as 8 Pittsburgh nurses present their research on a variety of oncology topics. Hear their findings on sleep disturbances, racial considerations for symptom management, quality of life changes for women with metastatic breast cancer, self-advocacy variations by social differences, women with breast cancer and pain control, predicting musculoskeletal pain, post menopausal women with cancer's symptom trajectories, and factors influencing engagement for ovarian cancer patients.

Target Audience

This event is open to nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in hearing about oncology research topics from local nurse researchers.

Learning Objectives

Following completion of this activity, the learner will be able to

1. Describe 3 treatment and demographic factors related to the development of sleep disturbances in women undergoing breast cancer treatment.

2. Articulate the history of racial issues in cancer symptom science.

3. Explain the association between demographic factors and poor quality end of life care indicators for patients with metastatic breast cancer.

4. Define self-advocacy among women newly diagnosed metastatic breast or advanced gynecologic cancer.

5. Select 2 measures to promote self-advocacy for optimal pain control among cancer patients in your practice area.

6. Use an "omics profile" to predict pain in breast cancer patients with decreased estrogen.

7. Recognize 3 symptom trajectories common for postmenopausal women taking anastrozole.

 8. Identify 2 patient factors that are associated with intervention engagement for WRITE symptoms.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/18/2021 - 6:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/18/2021 - 9:00pm EDT

6:15pm Announcements and Welcome

6:30pm LIVE in-person and virtual CE presentations

  • Empowering older women with breast cancer to self-advocate for optimal pain control – Karen Alsbrook, BSN RN OCN PhD Student
  • The quality of end-of-life care for women deceased from metastatic breast cancer – Rachel Brazee, BSN RN
  • Factors associated with sleep disturbance in women undergoing treatment for early-stage breast cancer – Susan Grayson, BSN RN
  • An examination of symptom trajectories in postmenopausal women prescribed anastrozole for early-stage breast cancer – Maura McCall, PhD(c), MSN, RN
  • Racial Considerations in Cancer Symptom Science – Margaret Quinn Rosenzweig, PhD FNP-BC AOCNP FAAN 
  • Self-Advocacy behaviors and needs in women with advanced cancer: Assessment differences by social determinants of health – Teresa Thomas, PhD RN
  • Predicting musculoskeletal pain in breast can er patients with decreased estrogen – Monica Wagner, PhD, RN
  • Exploratory analyses of factors influencing engagement with recurrent ovarian cancer – Yan Wang, BSN RN

8:30pm Evaluation and Closing Remarks

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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
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Following CDC/Covid recommendations

Karen Alsbrook, BSN RN OCN PhD Student

Rachel Brazee, BSN RN

Susan Grayson, BSN RN

Maura McCall, PhD(c), MSN, RN

Margaret Quinn Rosenzweig, PhD FNP-BC AOCNP FAAN 

Teresa Thomas, PhD RN

Monica Wagner, PhD, RN

Yan Wang, BSN RN


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (GPC-ONS). 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 2.0 contact hours.


Available Credit

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