Author(s): Trewhitt KG
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Abstract PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe the role of the oncology nurse practitioner in the performance of bone marrow aspiration and biopsy and discuss the indications and diagnostic value of bone marrow examination. DATA SOURCES: Published articles, textbooks, personal experience. DATA SYNTHESIS: Bone marrow examination is useful in the diagnosis of many nonhematologic and hematologic conditions. Having a nurse practitioner perform bone marrow aspiration can improve patient care and comfort. CONCLUSIONS: Greater understanding of bone marrow aspiration procedure and diagnostic tests helps nurse practitioners and oncology nurses to provide better patient care. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Advanced practice nurses in the oncology setting must take an active role in the development and implementation of clinical practice protocols for bone marrow collection.
This article was published in Oncol Nurs Forum
and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy