Society Focus - July 2013
The Oncology Nursing Section of Serbia

Logo of The Oncology Nursing Section of Serbia

The Oncology Nursing Section was founded in 1986 as part of the Healthcare Workers’ Union of Serbia. The initiative for the formation of this Section came from nurses from the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, with significant support from the Serbian Society for the Fight Against Cancer.

In 1998 the Section became part of the national Association of Nurses, Technicians and Midwives of Serbia (;

At the moment, our Section has more than 250 members. The majority of members are nurses from the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, but there are also nurses from other Serbian healthcare institutions as well as educational institutions.

The President of the Oncology Nursing Section is Dusanka Tadic, the Director of Nursing of the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia and the member of Advisory Council of European Oncology Nursing Society.

Our society is focused on the development and improvement of oncology healthcare, education and continual education of nurses, research and evidence-based praxis. We make a lot of effort to educate nurses, given that the educational system in our country does not provide specialised training in oncology nursing. Every year we organize conferences and professional meetings on our own, as well as a meeting in collaboration with the Cancer Section of the Serbian Medical Society, which is called “Oncology Week”, representing the largest meeting of oncologists and nurses in oncology in Serbia. The Oncology Nursing Section usually hosts lecturers, prominent colleagues from Europe and US, the experts in different fields in oncology nursing.

The members of the society have been active members of EONS since it was established. In the last ten years, international cooperation has been intensified by active involvement in professional meetings of the EONS Advisory Council and the participation of nurses in various professional conferences, workshops and masterclasses. Our attendance at these events helps to involve nurses in expert groups for developing nurses’ curriculums, guidelines in oncology nursing and other tools for the education of nurses, patients and their families. A few oncology nurses have also had the opportunity to build on their education by spending a month in oncology nursing centres in different European countries. This kind of cooperation is of great importance for the members of Oncology Nursing Section and we hope that it will become even more intensive in the future.

Our Section’s cooperation with EONS begun with the formation of an Educational Program for Nurses in Oncology, which is regularly updated and used in praxis teaching for nurses at the Serbian Institute for Oncology and Radiology. The EONS membership also provided the opportunity for nurses to be trained to carry out the European Educational Program “Learn to live with cancer”, which is continuously applied in the education of patients and their families at the Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, as well as in the training of educators from other healthcare institutions in Serbia.

We were the hosts of the 5th Congress of the Balkan Union of Oncology in 2004, which was attended by Jan Foubert, who was the president of EONS at the time. The 2004 Congress marked the first time in the history of the Balkan Union of Oncology that nurses became involved in the conference programme - and it was all thanks to the Oncology Nursing Section. The practice of involving nurses in the conference programme has continued to the present day.

The Oncology Nursing Section also successfully cooperates with several other associations: B.U.ON, MASCC, ISNCC, ONS, ESMO.

The President of the Oncology Nursing Section is Dušanka Tadić, dipl. def., VMS.