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Challenges and Opportunities - Educating the Nurse for Cancer Care




  • A brief history of cancer and cancer care is provided
  • A description of under-graduate and post-graduate education in cancer nursing is provided
  • Provides advice on career planning

The preparation of nurses for cancer care is an important aspect of the social response to cancer. Following a brief historical overview, this chapter focuses on the challenges and opportunities that exist in the formal preparation of nurses for cancer care. The chapter draws on the author's personal experience in developing and teaching cancer nursing at La Trobe University. The final section of this chapter offers potential students a guide to choosing a postgraduate course.


Contents include

  • A brief history
  • Under-graduate education in cancer nursing
  • Post-graduate cancer nursing courses
  • Clinical performance
  • Course content
  • The future
  • Career planning and graduate education
    • Client-focused practice
    • Choosing a graduate course
  • References
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Author / Editor Biographies

MN, BAppSc (Advanced Nursing), RN, MRCN.
Professor Sanchia Aranda is Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Council Australia. Her research focuses on the development and testing of interventions to address the supportive and palliative care needs of people with cancer.

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