Report 2010 Oncology Nursing

In early 2010, INCTR formed the Oncology Nursing Program for LMIC to focus exclusively on education and training for nurses caring for patients in these countries. The overall goal of the program is to improve the quality of care that cancer patients receive in LMIC. Priority for training is given to institutions associated with INCTR's Branches and Offices and/or those participating in on-going INCTR programs. The program is being developed by a committee of nurses called the Oncology Nurse Education and Advocacy Committee (ONEAC) which is comprised of experts in aspects of cancer nursing in LMIC as well as nursing education.

Activities and Accomplishments
During 2010, the committee members met twice. It has outlined the contents of a core curriculum, prepared curriculum modules, designed a baseline survey of institutional needs for nurse training, and developed gUidelines for performing on-site situational analyses, including an assessment of training needs identified by nurses working with cancer patients in selected institutions.

The Tikur Anbessa Hospital (Black Lion Hospital) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was selected as the first institution in which the approach to providing training would be field-tested for nurses caring for children with cancer at the hospital. The team identified additional nursing faculty members- familiar not only with the hospital itself, but also with expertise in pediatric oncology. A baseline institutional survey was undertaken and provided to the nurses, which enabled them to prepare for their visit in January, 2011.

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