Almost 60% of European countries do not recognise cancer nursing as a defined specialty, and therefore do not provide targeted educational programmes. This has resulted in vast differences in the education levels and roles of cancer nurses across European countries. The CARE strategy, developed by the European Oncology Nurses Society (EONS), is made up of 31 national cancer nursing societies and aims to address these issues. They run educational events and conferences, and provide online learning resources, among other valuable services. Lena Sharp, President of EONS, gives us an insight into the CARE strategy and the difficulties prevalent in cancer nursing, and how EONS are working with ESMO to create change in this area.
1. Could you tell us a little about the aims of the European Oncology Nurses Society (EONS)? (0:11)
2. What are the goals of the CARE strategy? (0:39)
3. What resources does EONS provide to cancer nurses? (1:00)
4. What are the major challenges to EONS in the coming years? (1:35)
5. What are the key messages from ESMO that will help the aims of EONS? (2:01)
Speaker disclosures: Lena Sharp has nothing to disclose in relation to this interview.
Filmed at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2018 Congress, Munich, Germany, 19–23 October 2018