Communication Working Group - Biographies
Johan De Munter, Belgium (Chair)
Johan De Munter graduated as a nurse in 2001, then worked for five years as a registered nurse on a oncology haematology ward in a general hospital. He has two postgraduate qualifications, one as a nurse specialist in pain and one in oncology. In 2006 he started work as an oncology/haematology nurse consultant and in 2010 he transferred to University Hospital Ghent to work in the oncology department. He is still working there as a nurse consultant in the haematology/stem cell transplant unit. Professional interests include patient education, supportive care needs, survivorship and AYA care. He is president of the chemotherapy working group in the Flemish society for radiotherapy and oncology nurses. He is vice-president of the Belgian Haematology Society nurses committee.
Kristina Olausson, Sweden (Chair)
Kristina graduated as a specialist nurse in oncology in 1996 and holds an MSc in Leadership and Management. During her 20 years as a cancer nurse she has worked primarily in radiotherapy and management and she is currently working in quality, safety and development at Aleris Specialist Care in Stockholm. Kristina is also a PhD student at the Institution of Radiation Sciences and Oncology, Umeå University. The main topic of her PhD is exploring patients’ experiences of radiotherapy. She is a board member of the Swedish Cancer Nurses Society.
Graça Braz, Portugal
Graça achieved her nursing diploma in 1989, becoming a specialist nurse on “Health in the Community” in 1997. She has two Post graduations, one on ’Health Education” and another on ’Hospital Management and Administration”. She has been working on the Portuguese Oncology Institute - Oporto for 23 years, currently being the Chief-Nurse of the Outpatient Clinic. She is a member of the Portuguese Association of Nursing Oncology.
Maria has worked as a nurse at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology, in Oporto, since 2010 and at the Health Line, a phone service in Portugal, doing medical triage since 2014. She holds an MSc in Medical Informatics: her master’s dissertation was ‘Support telephone system to colorectal patients in treatment and follow up’. She is training to be a specialist nurse in community nursing and holds a specialisation in forensic medicine. She attended the 7th ESO-EONS Masterclass in Oncology Nursing.
Manuela Eicher, Switzerland
Manuela is a nurse and a researcher in cancer nursing. She is dean of research and development at University of applied Science Western Switzerland - School of Health Fribourg, and permanent visiting professor at Institute of Nursing Science at University of Lausanne. Her main focus in research, teaching and practice is the development and implementation of models for advanced nursing practice in cancer care.
Stylianos Katsaragakis, Greece
Stylianos Katsaragakis is a lecturer at the Nursing Faculty of the University of Peloponnese. He holds an MSc in Clinical Nursing and his PhD thesis was the comparison of the perceptions of quality of life between lung cancer patients and their partners. He has worked in cancer nursing and palliative care. He has a strong interest in advanced nursing practice in cancer and palliative care. He is a member of the Hellenic Cancer Nurses Society.
Helen Oswald, UK
Helen Oswald is EONS Communication Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the EONS website, magazine, newsletter and social media.
Mary Tanay, UK
Mary’s cancer nursing experience spans over 16 years spent in various surgical and medical oncology settings. For several years, she was lead research nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital where she spearheaded research activities and managed the unit research team. She supported patients who participated in studies that explored supportive therapies, IMRT, chemotherapy and targeted cancer agents including gene therapy. After receiving her MSc in Nursing Research at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, she joined the King’s College London faculty in 2011 as a lecturer. Mary holds a PGCert in Healthcare Education and is also a Fellow of the UK HEA. Her research interests include patient experience, survivorship and supportive care in cancer, with a particular focus on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. (Twitter: @MerryTea)
Paz Fernández-Ortega, Spain
Paz currently works at the Institut Catalá d’Oncologia ICO as Nursing Research Coordinator and is an Associate professor at Barcelona University. She has been an EONS Board Member during the period of 1999-2006 and has worked in Oncology since 1985. She also got a degree as clinical Psychologist. Her specilities are in Nursing Cancer Care - Oncology; Nursing Education; Nursing Research and Psycho-social support.
Sara Torcato Parreira, Portugal
Sara Torcato Parreira is a specialist oncology nurse, with an MSc in oncology nursing, working at the Oncology Day Unit at CUF Infante Santo Hospital, in Lisbon, Portugal. She holds post-graduate degrees in community nursing and in nursing management. She is currently a non-executive EONS Board Member, representing European Young Cancer Nurses. She is an active member of her national society (AEOP) and is also a volunteer in a Portuguese NGO that supports oncology nutrition. She is interested in raising awareness about the value of cancer nursing and in developing a broad nursing community.
Eugenia Trigoso Arjona, Spain
Eugenia has worked at the Cantonal Hospital (Geneva), Neonatal Intensive care, Sondureta Hospital (Spain) and has been working at the Paediatric Oncology and Transplants, Hospital U y Politécnico “LA FE” for the last 20 years. She is an active member of nurses groups (GEET, EBMT, SEEO and EONS) and Chair of the Pediatric Committee of EBMT. Involved in several Nurses Training courses and has been a volunteer nurse at Barretstown (Ireland) since 2009.
Charlotte Weston, UK
Charlotte Weston is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in breast oncology at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London. She has a strong interest in communication and support for patients at diagnosis, through treatment and survivorship. She is actively involved with ‘Casting for Recovery’ a charity providing holistic weekend retreats for women who have been affected by breast cancer. She is currently completing her MSc in Advanced Practice (Leadership) at King’s College London and is interested in developing other cancer nurses. She is a member of the UK Oncology Nursing Society and has recently visited three cancer centres in America with the help of an EONS travel grant to look at their breast cancer care and oncology nursing, including advanced nursing practice, support, information and communication with patients throughout their cancer journey. You can follow Charlotte on Twitter: @lottieweston and connect at LinkedIn: Charlotte Weston.