Patients as Peer Preceptors for Orthopedic Oncology Rehabilitation Patients

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  • Carol E. Smith PhD RN,

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.

  • Kim Haynes MS RN ONC,

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.

  • Shelby L. Rebeck MS RN,

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.

  • Beatriz H. Murdock MSW BSN RN,

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.

  • Naomi King MSN RN,

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.

  • Susan V.M. Kleinbeck PhD RN CNOR,

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.

  • Marilyn Werkowitch BSN RN,

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.

  • Howard G. Rosenthal MD

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    • Four of the authors are affiliated with the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, KS: Carol Smith is a professor, Naomi King is a clinical instructor, Susan Kleinbeck is a research assistant professor, and Marilyn Werkowitch is a research assistant nurse and a staff nurse at the Kansas University Medical Center Hospital. Kim Haynes is a clinical nurse specialist at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Shelby Rebeck works in staff development at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, KS. Beatriz Murdock is affiliated with the School of Social Welfare al the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Howard Rosenthal is an associate professor at the University of Missouri- Kansas City and the medical director at the Limb Preservation Institute in Kansas City. MO.


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Abstract

This article describes a peer preceptor program that trains patients who have experienced limb preservation surgeries and managed long-term rehabilitative therapy to support and teach newly diagnosed patients through their rehabilitation. This preceptor program was designed to complement the professional counseling and support that rehabilitation staff provide to patients and their families. Training includes communication techniques, practice sessions using videotaped scenes of patients and their families, as well as role-playing. Experienced patients who became preceptors as a result of this program were orthopedic oncology patients who had completed limb preservation surgery, chemotherapy, grafting, and physical therapies. After their training, preceptors exhibited improved communication skills in terms of empathy, listening, and voice expressions. Initiatives designed to make the preceptor program self-sustaining by having staff nurses manage the training still have to be tested.

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