Nurses Get Creative When Addressing Financial Toxicity

April 26, 2019
Angee Kilmer, BSN, RN-BC
Angee Kilmer, BSN, RN-BC

Angee Kilmer is the nursing supervisor of Radiation Oncology for the University of Kansas Cancer Centers. She is a member of the Kansas City Chapter of Health Information and Management Society and the social media board chair of the Heart of America Chapter of the American Nursing Informatics Association. Currently pursuing both an MSN and MBA, Angee is an aspiring leader at her institution. Outside of radiation oncology, her interests include systems improvement and leadership development.

Oncology nurses must ensure that patients are discussing issues they face when it comes to paying for medication.

Oncology nurses can get creative when it comes to helping patients who face financial toxicity, explained Angee Kilmer, BSN, RN-BC, nursing supervisor of radiation oncology for the University of Kansas Cancer Centers and contributor for Oncology Nursing News.

When patients are having trouble paying for their medications, it is crucial that they talk to someone on their healthcare teams -- and that person is usually an oncology nurse. Nurses should always be open to the conversation, and assure the patient that there are things they can do to help, be it asking for samples or finding drug co-pay assistance programs.