Society Focus - April 2013
Slovenian Oncology Nurses Section

Nurses from the Slovenian Oncology Nurses Section

The Oncology Nurses Section (The Section) from Slovenia is one of 31 professional organisations (known as sections) and eleven regional societies. All of them are members of the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia, which is a professional, nongovernmental and non-profit association. The Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia is affiliated to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN). Thus all its members are able to influence health policies and participate in global endeavours to provide the best possible health care for all people worldwide.

The Section was created in 1987 on the initiative of the then Head Nurse of The Institute of Oncology Ljubljana and has been a member of EONS since 1989.

The Section is headed by a 9-member Executive Committee chaired by the president and vice-president. All are elected for a term of four years. Six members are delegated from The Institute of Oncology Ljubljana and cover the special interest areas (surgical oncology, radiotherapy, medical oncology, assessment of pain and palliative care, research, nutritional support for cancer patient). The three remaining members represent health institutions from other regions of Slovenia. Members of the Section do not pay a membership fee directly to the Section but they are members of the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia.

The Section activities are broadly divided into: new directions in oncology nursing practice, patient-centred care, integration of evidence-based practice, new ways to organise and work as a a team, multiprofessional approaches to care and development of nursing leadership. We are very willing to work with similar institutions in Europe and with other members of EONS.

Because of this we have been involved with EONS, cooperating in EONS initiatives, for many years. We participated in the TITAN and TARGET projects, Breakthrough cancer pain project and the PEP project, as well as different workshops that were offered by EONS (Research Proposal Workshop in London, 1st Masterclass in Oncology Nursing, etc.). The Institute of Oncology’s Head nurse, Katarina Lokar, is a member of the EONS Advocacy Working Group.

Because of our desire to strengthen cooperation with EONS, the Section invited Past-President of EONS, Sultan Kav, to participate at our Congress of Nurses and Midwives Association. She introduced EONS as an organisation, its policies and mission. We had an opportunity to show her The Institute of Oncology Ljubljana and the University Medical Centre in Maribor.

The Institute of Oncology Ljubljana and The Section are also involved in the preparation of educational programmes for Specialist in cancer nursing. At the moment we are providing education for Slovenian nurses from cancer departments who care for cancer patients receiving systemic treatment. This is specialist nursing training that lasts from 4 to 12 weeks.

Last year, in May, on International Nurses’ Day, The Section and The Institute of Oncology Ljubljana worked on the project “11 recommendations against cancer - oncology nurses are an example” that was introduced to the public. The oncology nurses created a film where they played role models for good habits and bad habits. We also organized a workshop for self-detection of testicular cancer.

Every year one or two of our members attend the EONS Advisory Council meeting. EONS chose our country to host the Advisory Council meeting last year and it meant a lot to us to be able to host the meeting in Ljubljana.

If you would like more information you can find it on The Section’s website: