9th ESO-EONS Masterclass in Oncology Nursing

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12-17 March 2016
Ermatingen (Lake Constance), Switzerland

Lena Sharp, Sweden
Birgitte Grube, Denmark
Coordinator: Cristina Lacerda, Portugal
Advisor: Anita Margulies, Switzerland


The Masterclass in Oncology Nursing programme is designed for European advanced oncology nurses as a multi-professional joint event. Five intensive days of full immersion in up-to-date oncology will create a collective spirit of teaching and learning to improving clinical skills and patient care.

Nursing sessions are specific nursing-oriented sessions exploring specialist practice skills such as assessment and decision making, communication skills, complex symptom management, research in nursing, psychosocial consequences of cancer therapy to mention a few.

Other sessions will provide the forum for reviewing and understanding the growing evidence base for nursing interventions and reflect on participant’s role in clinical leadership. Case studies will be presented by the participants and will explore nursing practice focusing on special aspects of care.

In joint clinical sessions, nurses will, together with physicians, update their clinical knowledge about the latest issues for the management of various cancers, with an international faculty of experts. Special joint sessions will highlight and support the growing need for multiprofessionality in chosen topics.

Practical training will be offered in smaller group optional sessions and coaching groups focusing on skills required for the management of active therapy and follow up.

Learning objectives

  • Understand new developments in oncology disease management.
  • Recognise and describe acute and late adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • Identify complex patient needs across the diagnostic and oncology treatment trajectory.
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills in managing oncology nursing care.
  • Critically appraise the evidence for cancer symptom management and intervention.
  • Reflect on theoretical underpinnings of decision making.
  • Describe the role of the advanced oncology nurse in leading clinical nursing care.

Main Topics

  • Medical management, treatment options
  • Effective symptom management and interventions
  • Evidence based knowledge
  • Newer areas of oncology nursing
  • Improve patient experience and outcomes

Participant’s profile

  • European nurse working at an advanced practice level with at least 3-5 years of clinical oncology nursing practice.
  • Person involved in direct patient care.
  • Person involved in direct patient in combination with the management, organisation and co-ordination of care.
  • Fluency in English (reading and speaking).
  • Member of an EONS member Society or individual member of EONS.

Participants will be selected by means of a strict review of the application.

Attendance at the Masterclass is by application only. Successful candidates have free registration and accommodation. Travel costs will not be covered.

How to apply

The deadline for applications was Tuesday 1 December 2015 and applications are now closed. A record number of 106 applications were received, and we thank all of those who submitted an application. The list of selected applicants is available in the Further Information section of this page..

For more information, please contact Rudi Briké at eons.secretariat@cancernurse.eu

Further information is also available at on the ESO website.

You can also find out more information and see pictures of the 2015 ESO-EONS Masterclass