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Mary Schueller speaks at 2008 Oncology Nursing Society's Congress Meeting
Sheboygan , Wis. --Mary Schueller, MSN, RN, OCN®, CHPN, Oncology Nurse Specialist at St. Nicholas Hospital, recently presented at the Oncology Nursing Society 33rd Annual Congress held in Philadelphia, PA on May 15 to 18.
Schueller's abstract was chosen for a podium session from among 470 submitted abstracts. Schueller's podium session, titled "Preparing the Future Workforce," discussed the end-of-life content in the curricula of baccalaureate nursing programs. She completed her master's thesis on this topic at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
"Thrilled and a little humbled," said Schueller when asked about how she felt on being selected to speak at a national conference.
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of over 37,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing.
Schueller chose the thesis topic based on her experiences in clinical practice.
"New registered nurses frequently tell me that they have had minimal end-of-life content in their educational preparation."
Ironically, obstetrical care is often emphasized more.
"We are all going to die, but we are not all going to give birth. Perhaps we need to reprioritize what we emphasize in our schools of nursing," said Schueller.
Since completing her research, Schueller has shared her data with college and universities as well as a number of professional nursing organizations. Additionally, the result of Schueller's research has impacted her daily work at St. Nicholas Hospital. Changes to the orientation of new nurses have been made as well the learning opportunities available to experienced nurses.
"By improving the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of our nurses as they provide end-of-life care, we can better fulfill the mission of St. Nicholas Hospital," said Schueller.
In addition to her full-time employment at St. Nicholas Hospital, Schueller is a part-time faculty member at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She teaches a Weekend College course in the RN to BSN program of the School of Nursing. Schueller's thesis can be accessed through the Cardinal Stritch University Library, Milwaukee.
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