Nursing Care of Children with Cancer

  • Lisa Morrissey
  • Julia M. Challinor
  • Eleanor De Beer
  • Colleen Nixon
Chapter

Abstract

Childhood cancer care requires a multidisciplinary team of highly trained professionals to ensure quality care along the treatment continuum. Nurses represent the largest workforce in health care, and are uniquely positioned to evaluate patient response to treatment, as well as to provide support, education, and comfort to families. Pediatric oncology nurses require specialized training and education in all aspects of pediatric cancer and treatment, including symptom management and supportive care, safe chemotherapy administration, management of vascular access devices and psychosocial care of children and families, including palliative care. The lack of pediatric oncology-specific educational programs for nurses in low- and mid-income countries is highly problematic. Collaborative relationships, such as twinning programs, between nurses in resource-rich centers and those in resource poor settings, have proven to be a successful model for providing mentoring and support. Although cancer care settings vary in the availability of resources and technology, pediatric oncology-specific education and training for nurses is essential to ensure the provision of quality patient care. Without a highly skilled nursing team, quality pediatric cancer care is not possible.

Keywords

Fatigue Catheter Hepatitis Depression Dopamine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Morrissey
    • 1
  • Julia M. Challinor
    • 2
  • Eleanor De Beer
    • 3
  • Colleen Nixon
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Hematology/OncologyBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.School of NursingUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Tygerberg HospitalCape TownSouth Africa
  4. 4.Department of Hematology/OncologyBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA

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