AffiliationOncology and Cancer Support Services, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin.
*Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Nursing Staff, Hospital/*standards
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CitationBr J Nurs. 2010 Jun 24-Jul 7;19(12):761-7.
JournalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
AbstractAs cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, every nurse will be required to care for patients with the condition at some point in his/her career. However, non-specialized oncology nurses are often ill-prepared to nurse patients suffering from cancer. This literature review aims to provide an overview of current trends and developments in cancer care nursing in an attempt to identify the range of previous research pertaining to caring for patients with cancer on non-specialist wards. The review finds that non-specialized cancer nurses report a lack of education and training with regard to cancer care and cancer treatments, which acts as a barrier to providing quality nursing care. Emotional and communication issues with patients and their families can also cause non-specialist nurses significant distress. International research has shown that specialist oncology nurses make a considerable difference to physical and psychosocial patient care. It is therefore paramount that non-speciality nurses' educational needs are met to develop clinical competence and to provide supportive holistic care for both patients and their families.