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Part 3: Oncology nurses’ roles and recognition

Symposium on CINV and Cachexia with Pascale Dielenseger and Patrick Jahn at EONS 10, Oct 17/18 2016, Dublin, Ireland

This symposium was sponsored by Helsinn Healthcare SA.

Ms Dielenseger reviews the oncology nurse’s role within a multidisciplinary team. She began by questioning whether oncology nursing is considered a discipline in the audience’s home countries, and gave an example of how she was excluded from a multidisciplinary team meeting because it was not recognised as a discipline in France. AFIC (French Oncology Nursing Society) recognises Oncology Nursing as a discipline.

The role of oncology nursing starts with defining what oncology nursing is. Where do they work? What education do they have? What recognition do they get?

Responsibilities include patient assessments, supportive care prescriptions and symptom management. The role of nurses in cancer care is defined in the EONS position statement, which can be found on the website. The EONS position statement provides a talking point for staff at hospitals across Europe, as the roles and activities that nurses perform differ between centers and there is often a lack of oncology nursing being recognised as a specialty.

Mr Jahn commented on the RECaN project (Recognising European Cancer Nurses), which aims to emphasise the role of nursing in cancer care and to improve the recognition and value of oncology nurses working in Europe.

Speakers: Pascale Dielenseger, President of the Oncology Nursing Society, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France and Patrick Jahn, German Cancer Oncology Society, University Hospital Halle, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany.