Nurse Education and Support

Because care of NET patients involves so many disciplines and varied diagnostic and treatment options, NET nurses have to develop expertise not only in a complicated disease but also in complex, cross-functional coordination to meet the unique needs of NET patients.

Summit 2019 Break-Out Group included RN’s, nurse practitioners, and physicians. Below are some of their key recommendations for Healing NET:

  • Education for NET nurses should include problem-based case studies along with a basic review of NETs and related procedures. Curriculum should recognize the multidisciplinary nature of NET care as well as the complex factors influencing care--not only HCPs and patients but also social workers, family members, payers, pharmacists, media, regulators, legislators, etc., can impact care.

  • Encourage the inclusion of nurses in tumor board meetings (identified as the the highest impact/lowest effort at the Summit). Faculty feedback was that 64% currently include nurses in tumor board meetings. 94% think tumor board attendance is a valuable education tool for nurses.

  • Reaching key players was seen as an effective way to reach the intended audience: Identify nurse managers, seek executive leadership buy-in, and approach education coordinators.

  • Suggested incentives were a mixture of extrinsic and intrinsic rewards with CNE credit viewed as the greatest incentive by far.

  • Explore opportunities to partner with existing nursing organizations to deliver content on NETs.

The nurses at the Summit agreed to establish themselves as a working group, NET Nurse Champions. Ideas for the role of a NET nurse champion include building a network of regional leaders to promoted education, providing support to other nurses caring for NET patients, and developing presentations for their professional groups.