Society Focus - September 2013
Cyprus Oncology Nursing Society

Logo of the Cyprus Oncology Nursing Society

The Cyprus Oncology Nursing Society (CONS) was founded in 2010 by a dynamic group of nurses working in oncology and haematology in Cyprus. The society is the newest member of the Cyprus Nurses and Midwives Association, with currently over 190 members.

The society aims to attract as many nurses as possible who work in this field. The CONS is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes continuing nurse education and research in relevant fields. It provides a platform for cancer nursing specialists in Cyprus to exchange information.

Online presence

The society can be found on the Cyprus Nurses and Midwives Association website at http://www.cyna.org. Furthermore, in 2014 the society plans to launch an electronic newsletter for its members in order to facilitate the dissemination of information.

Structure

The Executive Board of the Cyprus Oncology Nursing Society consists of nine nurses working in the Public and Private Sector. Their specialisms include oncology care, pediatric oncology, haematology, community care and education.

The President of the Cyprus Oncology Nursing Society is Dr Andreas Charalambous, who is an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Palliative Care at Cyprus University of Technology. You can contact him on andreas.charalambous@cut.ac.cy.

This year, Dr Charalambous was elected as EONS Executive Board Member for Education.

Delegates meet at the National Symposium of the Cyprus Oncology Nursing Society

We hold our annual National Symposium every October which allows us to update our members on recent national and international developments in cancer care. In October 2013 the theme will be “Managing Pain in Cancer: A Holistic Perspective”. The theme echoes the needs of the professionals working to achieve effective Pain Management but it also echoes the patients’ needs. The Symposium provides an opportunity for our members to meet and network with colleagues from around the Island.

The Society also organizes an Oncology-Haematology orientated Session at the annual Pancyprian Nursing Conference, providing the opportunity to colleagues from other specialties to attend and be informed about current trends in oncology and haematology.

In the national political agenda we maintain close links with the Ministry of Health and have an active role in various projects. We consider our role in the development of quality standards and clinical practice guidelines of paramount importance, especially in the newly shaped political and economic environment. We have also established close links with the Private and State Universities that provide undergraduate nursing education, so that they will give appropriate emphasis to cancer care in their teaching.

The vision of CONS is to facilitate the introduction of a Postgraduate Course on Cancer Care leading to an MSc (Advance Practitioner) in the near future. CONS has been a member of EONS since 2010 and has been involved in various EONS initiatives ever since, such as the TARGET project and the Masterclass in Oncology Nursing. CONS also collaborated with the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNSS).

The society has an active role in several research projects. This year a project to tackle barriers of opioids’ use in cancer care will be launched. This project will have a two-fold focus, on the healthcare professional and the patient.

Dr Andreas Charalambous, President of CONS.


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