RECaN Project: Recognising European Cancer Nursing

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Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN) is a major project led by the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and supported by the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO).

The overall goal is to increase recognition of the value and contribution of oncology nursing across Europe – focusing on expert cancer nursing skills, research, education, clinical leadership, strategy and management roles, advocacy, and policy development.

Through the RECaN project, EONS and ECCO would like to see contemporary cancer nursing better recognised to ensure that:

  • Cancer nurses are core members of the multi-professional team
  • Cancer nursing should be a recognised speciality across Europe based on a mutually agreed educational curriculum
  • Education for specialist cancer nurses (across all tumour types and phases of care) should be made available
  • Enhanced free movement of cancer nurses across Europe should be promoted and facilitated to help address rising demand.

This project is divided into three stages.

  • Stage 1: a systematic review of the impact of nursing on patient outcomes and experiences drawing on International evidence.
  • Stage 2: data gathering in four contrasting case study sites (countries) in Europe where nursing is at different stages of development.
  • Stage 3: engaging with the onco-policy community and sharing the findings from phases one and two; looking at how to promote nursing better in different political or health contexts within Europe.

This project will involve the EONS board members and all of the four EONS working groups. The Research Working Group (RWG) will be chiefly responsible for carrying out the first stage, the systematic review.

Stage 1:

Protocol for study

An important article in the Journal of Advanced Nursing – ‘Recognizing European cancer nursing: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence of effectiveness and value of cancer nursing’ – is now available to read online.

The authors are: Pauline Campbell, Claire Torrens, Daniel Kelly, Andreas Charalambous, Nuria Domenech-Climent, Iveta Nohavova, Ulrika Ostlund, Elisabeth Patiraki, David Salisbury, Lena Sharp, Theresa Wiseman, Wendy Oldenmenger and Mary Wells.

Papers are currently being prepared for publication on Stage 1. EONS Research Working Group Co-chair Mary Wells presented some quality of life results at the ESMO 2017 Congress.

Stage 2:

Four countries have now been selected for data gathering. They are: Estonia, Germany, Netherlands and UK. EONS President-Elect Lena Sharp presented the project to the German cancer nursing organisations on their 30th anniversary on 7 September 2017.

Data have now been collected from both Estonia and Germany; they will be collected from the UK and NL in November, with focus group discussions with managers and clinical staff in both countries. Interviews with leaders in cancer nursing will be carried out in the interim.

Further updates will appear on this page.