1st ESO/EONS Eastern Europe and Balkan Region Masterclass in Oncology Nursing

ESO and EONS logos

20-22 September 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Chairs:
A. Eniu, RO
B. Grube, DK
L.Sharp, Sweden

Masterclass participants gather for a group photo
Masterclass participants gather for a group photo

Meeting the educational needs of Eastern European cancer nurses

The first Eastern European and Balkan Region Masterclass in Cancer Nursing took place in Budapest, Hungary, from 20-22 September 2018. The event was a condensed version of the annual European Masterclass in Berlin and received a great response from interested EONS Members in the region. From over 130 applications, 41 cancer nurses from 14 eastern European countries were selected. The event offered on-site translations (Hungarian and Romanian to/from English) which was essential for active participation and interaction among delegates and faculty.

This was the first EONS event to use the updated EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework as a basis for learning
This was the first EONS event to use the updated EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework as a basis for learning

This was also the first time that an EONS education event was based on the EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework. The Masterclass programme included learning content from all eight modules of the Framework, including state-of-the-art presentations on cancer treatment (chemo-, target-, radio-, and immunotherapy). Topics such as cancer, lifestyle and health promotion, cancer nursing communication (with patients/their families but also professional communication), palliative- supportive care and acute oncology were included alongside real patient case discussions, covering symptom management, psychosocial support, cultural and ethical issues. We also discussed workforce issues such as safety, compassion fatigue and clinical leadership. In an overview of cancer nursing research, the RECaN project was briefly presented and the importance of critical thinking and research utilisation were discussed.

EONS working group and/or Young Cancer Nurse Network members Celia Diez de los Rios de la Serna, Lemme-Liis Aruväli and Helena Ullgren were invited as speakers. Their sessions were particularly well received by the delegates as these nurses are recognised as important clinical cancer nursing role models.

The final course evaluation remains to be completed but the initial responses were overwhelmingly positive. Both delegates and faculty agreed that this event should be repeated, preferably in another part of the region to meet the extensive need for post graduate training among cancer nurses in Eastern Europe. Most of the attending nurses stated that they have no access to specialist training in cancer care and for many, this was their first educational activity since graduating as a nurse.

The event was a collaboration between EONS and European School of Oncology (ESO) and both organisations were part of the faculty.

From left: Former EONS President Birgitte Grube, Lemme-Liis Aruvali, a young nurse at the Haematology-Oncology Clinic in Tartu, Estonia, and EONS President Lena Sharp
From left: Former EONS President Birgitte Grube, Lemme-Liis Aruvali, a young nurse at the Haematology-Oncology Clinic in Tartu, Estonia, and EONS President Lena Sharp

Lena Sharp, current EONS President and Birgitte Grube, former EONS President Faculty members for EONS

Background

This Masterclass in Oncology Nursing is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of cancer nurses from Eastern Europe and the Balkan region. In order to facilitate the interaction, simultaneous translation in regional languages will be provided.

Three intensive days of full immersion in up-to-date cancer nursing will create a collective spirit of teaching and learning to improving clinical skills and patient care.

The number of participants will be limited and admission will be by competitive application only. Admitted participants will be granted free registration and full-board accommodation for the duration of the Masterclass.

An maximum of 250 Euro will be available as a contribution for travel support to participants not coming from the Budapest area.

All participants will reside at the course venue and participation is compulsory throughout the course.

Learning objectives

  • Understand new developments in cancer disease management
  • Recognise and describe acute and late adverse effects of cancer and its treatment
  • Identify complex patient needs across the cancer trajectory
  • Describe the role of the advanced oncology nurse in leading clinical nursing care

General information

Profile of the ideal candidate: 5-10 years’ experience in cancer nursing.

Attendance and registration

Attendance at this Masterclass is by application only. Successful candidates have free registration and accommodation.

Please go to the Further Information section on this page for more information and contact persons if needed.

Please find the list of selected applicants in the Further Information section of this web page.


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