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.