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 is Head of Education and Research at Mountbatten, Isle of Wight, and a Visiting Fellow at Southampton University. Before starting these roles she was a senior lecturer in cancer and palliative care nursing for over 15 years at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London (KCL). In 2011, she was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship. Since completing her doctorate studies, Rebecca’s teaching and research interests have focussed 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. Rebecca is also a trained facilitator for the UK National Advanced Communication Skills Training programme.
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.
Celia Diez de los Rios, United Kingdom
Celia is a MacMillan Advanced Nurse Practitioner specialising in Medical Oncology and working in breast care at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. She graduated from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (Spain) in 2007, where she undertook, in 2009, an MSc in Research and worked as an associate teacher. In Spain, she worked in a variety of specialties. In 2013, she moved to the UK to specialise in oncology. In 2016, Celia completed the PGDip in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Southampton. As part of her job, she has helped to develop the Advanced Nurse Practitioner role in oncology, with a special interest in acute oncology, cancer-associated thrombosis, patient experience and collaboration to develop cancer nurses. As part of her actual role, she is setting up and leading the nurse practitioner role in breast care. You can follow Celia on Twitter: @PotisDR
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.
Andrea Necasova, Czech Republic
Andrea has been working as an oncology nurse since 2007. Her workplace is the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy Clinic in Charles University Teaching Hospital, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. She graduated from university in three disciplines: General Nursing Studies, Health Care Management and Spanish Philology. In Spain, she completed a Research Fellowship focused on the training system of Spanish nurses. As well as her clinical nursing practice, Andrea works in psychosocial help and care: she is a member of the hospital’s psychosocial intervention team. Her teaching experience involves lecturing at the University and mentoring in the hospital.
Mary Nevin, Ireland
Mary Nevin RN, RNT, MSc (Nurse Education), is a Health Research Board Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Mary has over 13 years’ experience as a nurse educator at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Mary has developed experience in a wide variety of teaching methods and has a particular interest in problem-based learning and clinical simulation technology. Mary’s research interests include nurse competency, palliative care, and care delivery systems in the hospital environment. As well as her research role, Mary also works clinically as a Night Nurse with the Irish Cancer Society providing end of life care to cancer patients in their own homes.
Memnun Seven, Turkey
Dr Seven is an assistant professor at Koç University School of Nursing, Istanbul, Turkey. She has been teaching in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology nursing at graduate and undergraduate level for more than 10 years. Her research area mainly focuses on women and cancers. Her passion for conducting research and opening new horizons to young nurses always keeps her enthusiastic. She strongly believes that nurses are stronger when they are united not only nationally but internationally.
Virpi Sulosaari, Finland
Virpi Sulosaari joined the academic community after working as a registered nurse for ten years, mainly in hematology and cancer departments. She has post-graduate qualifications in hematology nursing, a masters in nursing science and a PhD (nursing science as major subject). Currently, she is a principal lecturer at Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland. She is also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Turku. Professional interests include medication and pharmacology education, oncology nursing and palliative care education, development of advanced nursing roles, and research in these fields. She is also principal investigator in a research project on inter-professional collaboration and professional empowerment at the Cancer Excellence Centre of Western Finland (2017-2020).
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.