In Plain Sight - Nursing Coverage/Content on RPCI Website Deemed “Most Comprehensive”

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of just two of the 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers that can lay claim to a “broad representation of oncology nursing” on its public web site,, according to a recent study (“The Invisibility of Nursing: Implications from an Analysis of NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center Web Sites") published in Oncology Nursing Forum.

The study focused on four areas:

  • Recognition of Nursing on the home page
  • Citations and/or descriptions of Nursing personnel, programs or recognition
  • Existence of a dedicated Nursing web page
  • Acknowledgment of the Chief Nursing Officer

According to the study results, only two Comprehensive Cancer Center web sites – Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s and Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s – “revealed broad representation of oncology nursing throughout” and were deemed "most comprehensive" in terms of nursing coverage and content. The study also found that nearly 63% of peer institutions had no or minimal content about nursing.

Notes Maureen Kelly, RN, MS, Chief Nursing Officer, Roswell Park: “Roswell Park has a history of encouraging excellence, valuing contributions and promoting a culture of collaboration and achievement. It is only fitting that the Department of Nursing, with its strong presence in all Institute services and activities, would have a strong presence on its web site, too.”

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Roswell Park is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers. Roswell Park has affiliate sites and collaborative programs both nationally and internationally. For more information, visit Roswell Park’s website at, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or e-mail

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