Innovations in cancer nursing education across Europe.

McInally, Wendy; Taylor, Vanessa; Diez de Los Rios, Celia; Sulosaari, Virpi; Dowling, Maura; Trigoso, Eugenia; Rodrigues Gomes, Sara Margarida; Cesario Dias Ycn, Ana Rita; Piskorjanac, Silvija; Tanay, Mary Anne and Hálfdánardóttir, Halldóra (2023). Innovations in cancer nursing education across Europe. European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society, 63, article no. 102305.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2023.102305

Abstract

With 2.7 million people in the European Union diagnosed with cancer, 1.3 million people dying from cancer in 2020 and, without intervention, the mortality rates attributed to cancer projected to increase by 24% by 2035, there have been powerful mandates at European level to tackle the burden of cancer across Europe and at national level ( European Commission, 2021a , European Commission, 2021b ). Nurses play an important role caring for people affected by cancer as members of multi-disciplinary teams and playing a pivotal role in delivering, leading, developing cancer care and services at clinical and strategic levels ( Mitema et al., 2019 ; European Oncology Nursing Society, 2022 ). However, nursing and cancer care face challenges arising from workforce shortages, under-investment in services, variable education opportunities and under representation in decision-making. In response, Drury et al., 2023 set out an agenda for innovation and disruption across education, policy, research, profession and practice to ensure the sustainability of cancer care services and care for people living with, and after cancer. These authors argue for partnership, exchange of learning and co-design for the continued advancement of cancer nursing, with a critical focus on identifying and addressing inequities in role recognition and access to specialist cancer nursing education throughout Europe.

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