Exploring Nurses' Understanding of Anticipatory Nausea and Vomiting in Patients With Cancer

Oncol Nurs Forum. 2019 Nov 1;46(6):738-745. doi: 10.1188/19.ONF.738-745.


Purpose: To explore nurses' self-reported understanding of anticipatory nausea and vomiting (ANV) in patients with cancer.

Participants & setting: 12 oncology RNs were recruited from University Hospital Limerick in Ireland.

Methodologic approach: Data were collected via semistructured interviews and analyzed using a qualitative content analysis approach with a focus on the manifest content.

Findings: The following themes were identified.

Implications for nursing: Although oncology nurses may understand the importance of assessing and treating patients on an individual basis throughout the course of treatment, formal ANV assessments are warranted to ensure the implementation of best practice. The findings of the current study can guide oncology nurses' approach to the assessment and management of ANV.

Keywords: Assessment; chemotherapy; nausea and vomiting; oncology; symptom management.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nausea / chemically induced*
  • Nausea / nursing*
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Oncology Nursing / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vomiting / chemically induced*
  • Vomiting / nursing*
  • Young Adult


  • Antineoplastic Agents