Verna L. Hendricks-Ferguson

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A diagnosis of childhood cancer is an unexpected life event that often precipitates a situational crisis for all family members. Required cancer treatments and other ongoing stressors for both child and family will significantly disrupt the family's equilibrium and well-being. An increasingly important role of the pediatric oncology nurse is to facilitate(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To identify symptoms of greatest parental concern on the last day and during the last week of their children's lives, the five most common symptoms of parental concern, and symptom-management strategies used during the last week of the children's lives. RESEARCH APPROACH Descriptive, exploratory, and retrospective. SETTING A pediatric(More)
Qualitative methods can be particularly useful approaches to use with individuals who are experiencing a rare disease and thus who comprise a small sample (such as children with cancer) and are at points in care that few experience (such as end of life). This data-based methods article describes how findings from a qualitative study were used to guide and(More)
Medical and surgical advances have improved the treatment of cholelithiasis (ie, gallstones) in children with sickle cell disease (SCD). Children with SCD have an increased risk of developing pigment gallstones that initially may be asymptomatic but that can lead to acute symptoms of cholelithiasis. An elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure is(More)
INTRODUCTION To provide an overview of factors related to recruitment of adolescents and young adults (AYA) into research and recruitment rates and reasons for refusal from a multicenter study entitled "Stories and Music for Adolescent/Young Adult Resilience during Transplant" (SMART). METHODS A randomized clinical trial study design was used. The(More)
This study examines the relationships of hope and spiritual well-being (SWB)--and its dimensions, religious well-being (RWB) and existential well-being (EWB)--to time since diagnosis among adolescents with cancer. A descriptive cross-sectional design was used. The sample of 78 adolescents diagnosed with cancer was recruited from two pediatric oncology(More)
Nursing application of the concept of hope in the pediatric oncology clinical setting is currently in its infancy. This article presents a systematic analysis of the concept of hope for use by the pediatric oncology nurse in the care of the pediatric adolescent oncology patient. The literature review addresses health and illness states as areas significant(More)
Adult patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer (HNC) who may have contact with children in the home setting are at risk of experiencing distress because of embarrassing and challenging oral symptoms often associated with an HNC diagnosis and the side effects of required treatments. This article features a case study involving a patient diagnosed with(More)
BACKGROUND Communication between patients, families, and healthcare providers is a central component of end-of-life care. Nurse communication during palliative care (PC) and end of life (EOL) is a phenomenon with limited research. It is unclear how the level of nursing experience influences the perspectives of nurses communicating during EOL. OBJECTIVE(More)
A diagnosis of childhood cancer is a life-changing event for the entire family. Parents must not only deal with the cancer diagnosis but also acquire new knowledge and skills to care safely for their child at home. Best practices for delivery of patient/family education after a new diagnosis of childhood cancer are currently unknown. The purpose of this(More)