Skills Compentency Checklist

  • Articulates the following information:
    • Understands the definition of essential oils
    • Understands the biochemical route of Inhaled essential oils
    • Knows how olfaction and sense of smell Affect the acceptance and efficacy of TIEO
    • Knows when and where to use TIEO for management of nausea and anxiety
    • Knows relevant safety issues regarding TIEO use in a clinical setting
    • Understands the meaning of ‘independent nursing intervention‘ when choosing to utilize TIEO
  • Performs the following:
    • Determines if the patient needs intervention for nausea and/ or anxiety
    • Assesses patient and patient record for allergies
    • Assesses patient and patient record for scent Intolerances
    • Assesses patient and patient record for history of asthma or reactive airway disease
  • Can communicate the following:
    • Tells patients they are being offered a natural solution to help manage nausea
    • Explains that TIEO is The controlled use of inhaled essential oil vapor to provide relief from nausea and anxiety
    • Reassures patients with history of environmental sensitivities that the product is purely botanical with no chemicals or synthetic perfumes added
    • Explains that the essential oils used to treat nausea and anxiety are safe for use with asthma and reactive airway disease
    • Reassures patients who are pregnant about the outstanding safety profile of essential oil use during pregnancy
    • Asks if the patient or patient’s family member needs additional information about TIEO
  • Is able to select the following:
    • A TIEO product that contains appropriate essential oils for nausea and/or anxiety
    • A TIEO product that possesses the necessary safety features for use with patients In a clinical setting
  • Can demonstrate the following:
    • Opens top of aromatic inhaler, holds under patient’s nose and instructs patient to take slow, deep breaths
    • Instructs awake patients to take deep breaths as often as needed to relieve feelings of nausea or anxiety
    • Shows awake patients how to use the inhaler themselves, to provide a sense of control over their symptoms
    • Demonstrates passive continuous diffusion technique by placing open inhaler close to supine patients’ airway, such as high on their chest, or on pillow near their face
  • Can assess for the following:
    • Relief of symptoms
    • Acceptance of intervention, i.e. finds smell pleasant and/or helpful
    • Incompatibility with therapy, i.e. complains of headache, dizziness or nasal stuffiness
    • Need to remove product from patient’s immediate vicinity if any unwanted side effects occur, such as headache, dizziness, nasal stuffiness or non-acceptance of aroma
  • Performs the following:
    • Places patient identification sticker on TIEO container
    • Instructs patient to continue product use after discharge whenever needed
    • Instructs patient that no interactions with other medications are expected
    • Instructs patient that the single use QueaseEASE should last up to 72 hours after opening
    • Documents efficacy of intervention per clinical site policy
    • Documents efficacy and patient satisfaction with intervention in the TIEO Patients Outcome Register, either by
      1. Asking patient to rate their relief before discharge, or
      2. In a follow up phone conversation after discharge.


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