This nursing portfolio will encourage my colleagues as well as the nursing students to become determined and encouraged to be pro-active in meeting an annual lymphoedema nursing education and learning requirements in order provide the breast cancer patients with the greater benefits of the lymphoedema education scheme.
· First is to identify the other crucial needs of the breast cancer patients, and be able to meet those needs successfully through this training development plan.
· Secondly, to provide a process that supports quality nursing care to the breast cancer patients with lymphedema through teaching the nurses the importance of the basic lymphedema management such as patient’s proper hygiene, skin care, leg elevation and regular exercise of the body part/s affected than using compression bandages. As Addis et al. (2010) said that since March 1997, hygiene and skin care of the breast cancer patients were being emphasized, on the contrary, bandaging was discouraged because there were acute attack among patients occurred frequently per year with the compression bandages. So much so, this particular theory highlights the importance of the effectiveness of exercise, hygiene and skin care to be taught to the patients by the nursing staff to improve the lymphedema condition of the patient.
The education and training program will be especially designed for my nursing staffs in order them to be aware and knowledgeable about the very important role of the lymphedema management measures. (Addis et al, 2010).
· washing their patient’s legs.
· applying antifungal, antibiotic creams or disinfectant to the infected skin.
· elevation of the foot bed is helpful.
· the range-of motion exercises of the infected part.
· The breast cancer patients should be asked to return to the hospital clinic every 4–6 weeks for regular follow-up.
The proper frequency of all the important lymphedema management activities of the patients should be religiously followed in order to gain favorable results. (Addis et al, 2010).
· Thirdly, to support my team members- nurses in their professional commitment to lifelong learning and excellence in giving healthcare services to the breast cancer patients with lymphedema.
· Fourthly, to provide a regular report on the Continuing Competence Process of the nurses as a means to demonstrate the nursing profession’s accountability to the breast cancer patients with lymphedema at large.