Education Working Group - Biographies
Erik van Muilekom, The Netherlands (Chair)
Erik has worked in Oncology for more than 20 years in the Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital in Amsterdam. He first worked as a specialized nurse and manager, but for the last 13 years has been a clinical nurse specialist in uro-oncology. Besides his clinical work he has been a Board Member of the Dutch Oncology Nursing Society and organised congresses and other education events. He is also president of his own foundation to promote expertise in oncology/urological nursing care in the Netherlands and author of several books in the field of oncology nursing.
Rebecca Verity, United Kingdom (Chair)
Rebecca has worked as a lecturer in cancer and palliative care nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London (KCL) since 2003. In 2011 she was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship. Since completing her doctorate studies Rebecca’s teaching and research interests focus predominately on the educational and support needs of health professionals. Methodological expertise includes participatory research, intervention development and supporting staff to implement research findings into practice. She was awarded a post-graduate certificate for academic practice in 2006 and is also a trained facilitator for the UK National Advanced Communication Skills Training programme.
Marjana Bernot, Slovenia
Marjana has worked for 15 years at the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, Slovenia. First she worked as a cancer nurse in different clinical fields of oncology. Since 2004 she has been involved in the middle management and leadership. She is the Head of the Department of Inpatient Nursing and care. Marjana has been Board member of the Oncology nursing Society from Slovenia for last 8 years (2006 - 2014). She is also visiting lecturer at the College of Nursing Jesenice and lectures on module of oncology nursing and palliative care. She is a member of the working group for development of oncology nursing specialization in Slovenia. Her professional interests are nursing education, leadership, palliative care, medical and radiotherapy oncology treatment
Maria Cable, UK
Maria works as a Senior Lecturer in Nursing specialising in developing and delivering programmes in Teenage / Young Adult Cancer Care using traditional and innovative teaching methodologies such as e-learning. She works collaboratively with national and international organisations and practitioners in the field to ensure education programmes are contemporary and evidence based. She is research active and sits on education committees such as TYAC and EONS.
Cristina Correia de Lacerda, Portugal
Cristina Lacerda is the President of AEOP (Portuguese Association of Nursing Oncology). Achieved her nursing diploma in 1985, becoming a specialist nurse on “Elderly Health and Geriatric” in 1999.In 2008 have done a Post Graduate Studies in Health Services Management-Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE). Became a chief nurse since 2003 and have been Director Nurse of the Portuguese Institute of Lisbon from Jan2009-Fev2012. It’s the responsible for the Research Unit of Nursing in the Institution. Is Chief Nurse of the Day Hospital and consultation of Hematology-Oncology of the Portuguese Institute of Lisbon.
Patricia Fox, Ireland
Patricia Fox is programme co-ordinator of the Post Graduate Diploma in Cancer Nursing in University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland (2004-present). Prior to this, she worked for over 10 years as an oncology nurse in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York). Although, she had her formal nurse training in Ireland, she completed her BSc in Nursing at Pace University, New York, and she also completed a MA and qualified as a nurse practitioner at New York University. In 2004, she was awarded a Higher Diploma in Nursing Education from UCD and was awarded a PhD in Nursing in 2010. She is a member of the IANO NEC (President from 2011-2013).
Patrick Jahn, Germany
Patrick is a nurse and researcher with an oncology and supportive care background. He received his academic qualification in Germany and Canada and currently holds an academic position as head of the nursing research unit at the University Hospital Halle (Saale). He is elected board member of the German Oncology Nursing Society (KOK). Within his research, teaching and practice he is focused on clinical evaluation of complex interventions to improve supportive cancer care particularly on pain, fatigue and oral mucositis.
Anita Margulies, Switzerland
Anita completed her professional training and licensing at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, U.S.A. Her specialty is in adult clinical oncology nursing with particular emphasis on systemic therapies and supportive care issues. Anita has worked in clinical oncology for over 40 years, she is active in developing and organizing oncology education programs as well as lecturing for nurses and other healthcare professionals at all levels. Since 2010 Anita is self-employed as a consultant and educator on many projects and educational events in and out of Switzerland, has published several books and professional journal articles. Anita is member of EONS Executive Board, is living in Zürich, Switzerland, is married and has two sons.
Paula Mitchell, UK
Paula Mitchell is Lead Cancer Nurse at University Hospital Birmingham. She has specialised in the surgical care of cancer patients, particularly those with upper gastrointestinal cancer. She has worked as a Macmillan CNS, Lecturer and as a Matron. She has degrees in Cancer Nursing and Ethics and Law. She has also completed a Teaching Fellowship with the Macmillan Education Unit and obtained a PGCert Education.
Harald Titzer, Austria
Harald works as a nurse Consultant in the Department of Oncology and Haematology at the General Hospital of Vienna. Before this, he began his career as a ICU Nurse with a specialisation in Oncology and Haematology care. At the IMC-FH Krems in Lower Austria, he studied Advanced Nursing Practice with a specialisation in patient education. During the last three years he has also become a lecturer in several education institutes and IMCs in Vienna and Lower Austria, teaching Nursing Theory and Nursing Interventions in Oncology. Currently he is studying in a Nursing Science Masters programme at the University of Vienna. He is a board member of the Austrian Association of Haematology and Oncology Nurses with a focus on developing and implementing training for cancer nurses in Austria.