Oncologic Emergencies: What all nurses should know

The focus for this professional development activity is on Oncologic Emergencies seen in oncology patients in the ED as a side effect of treatment or opportunistic illness resulting from their immune compromised state. This CE is designed to provide oncology specialty and non-specialty nurses with current evidence-based practice knowledge and strategies for recognizing oncologic emergencies and how to implement appropriate nursing interventions to reduce the likelihood of complications and further distress in oncology patients.

 Session objectives:

  • Describe the following oncologic emergencies: superior vena cava syndrome, malignant pericardial effusions, spinal cord compression, hypercalcemia, TLS, SIADH, and febrile neutropenia.
  • Describe signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment considerations of the oncologic emergencies listed in Objective 1.
  • Identify key nursing interventions for the oncologic emergencies listed in Objective 1

Successful completion of learning activity:

Participants who view the recorded voice-over PowerPoint presentation in its entirety, complete the evaluation form, and pass the post-test with 80% or higher, will receive an electronic certificate via email. RNs completing the activity will receive a 1.0 contact hour of continuing education.

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.




COST: This CE is FREE for MNA members and $20 for non-members

POST-TEST: Complete the post-test & evaluation response form ONLINE by clicking here.


  • Participants who achieve a minimum passing score of 80% will receive a certificate awarding 1 contact hour.
  • Participants who do not achieve a passing score will have the option to gain success with the material by repeating the material and test at no additional cost.