Care for those who Care

The demanding, continuous, challenging and rewarding role oncology nurses have is one that is respected throughout the healthcare community. Patients, caregivers and patient families rely heavily on the physical, mental and emotional contributions made by oncology nurses daily. The high-intensity environment of oncology care has the potential to take a toll on any individuals well-being. As a vital member of the healthcare team, it is important to re-iterate the importance of the nurses role, and to provide additional resources to ensure supportive care for this special cohort of individuals.

Listed in the additional reading section are articles, journals, and other information specifically for oncology nurses that explore important underlying factors facing oncology nurses today including, but not limited to:

  • Emotional, physical and psychological stresses associated with the oncology field with some examples of coping mechanisms
  • The positive impact of oncology nurses on outcomes and patient’s quality of life

Additional Reading:

  • Vaezi M, Vala M, Souri M, Mousavi A, Ghavamzadeh A. Emotional, Social and Occupational Adjustment among Oncology Nurses. International Journal of Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Research. October 2016, Vol 10, No 4. Available here
  • Ko W, Kiser-Larson N. Stress Levels of Nurses in Oncology Outpatient Units. CJON 2016(2),158-164 doi: 10.1188/16.CJON.158-164. Available here
  • Spurek, S. Caring for cancer patients: A nurse’s perspective. Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Available here
  • Cooper JM, Loeb SJ, Smith CA. The primary care nurse practitioner and cancer survivorship care. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Vol 22, Iss 8, pps 394-402
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Amobi A at al. Why is Spiritual Care Infrequent at the End of Life? Spiritual Care Perceptions Among Patients, Nurses, and Physicians and the Role of Training. Journal of Clinical Oncology. , no 4, pps 431-467. Doi:10.1200/JCO.2012.6443
  • Lim HA, Tan JYS, Liu J, et al. Strengthening Resilience and Reducing Stress in Psychosocial Care for Nurses Practicing in Oncology Settings. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. Vol 47, Iss 1, pp 8-10. Doi: 10.3928/00220124-20151230-03
  • Lievrouw A, Vanheule S, Deveugele M, Vos M, Pattyn P, Belle V, Benoit DD. Coping With Moral Distress in Oncology Practice: Nurse and Physcian Strategies. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2016; 43(4):505-12. Doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.505-512
  • Lai XB, Ching SSY, Wong FKY. Nurse-led cancer care: A scope review of the past 2 years (2003-2016). International Journal of Nursing Sciences. 4. pp184-195.
  • Wittenberg-Lyles E, Goldsmith J, Reno J. Perceived Benefits and Challenges of an Oncology Nurse Support Group. CJON. 2014, 18(4), E71-E26. Doi: 10.1188/14.CJON.E71-E76