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EONS (European Oncology Nursing Society} Newsletter Fall 2008

Transcript of EONS NEwsletter Fall 2008

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    On the 2nd of June 2008, EONS organised the Modernising Cancer Nursing Education event in Brussels. The aim of this training day was to provide an opportunity for cancer nurse educators to received updated information on cancer-related developments within the EU, information on issues related to the Bologna agreement and an opportunity to share experiences on how these developments impact on the provision of future nurse education. In total, 35 participants from nine countries attended this event. Participants were pleased with the information provided during the conference and they felt that the presentations were well balanced and supported with adequate evidence. At future conferences, participants would like more practical information on the Bologna Agreement and more time to discuss the practicalities of implementing a core curriculum in different countries. Because most speakers came from the UK, participants suggested a more European flavour to future presentations. Further, they recommended more time for discussion in small groups, fewer speakers, more focus on cancer, and a consensus session on the key issues in cancer education.In this newsletter you will find articles from the speakers at this event. The articles cover different aspects of education including development of education, mentoring and personal development, learning outcomes and competencies, skills development, and e-learning.

    Education is one of the core business elements of EONS. The TITAN and TARGET courses and the EONS accreditation program are three of the most successful educational programs developed by EONS to date. More on EONS e-learning opportunities can be found by exploring the www.eonsconnect.com website.There has been a lot written about education; why it is important, what it does or doesnt do, who should provide education and who should benefit from it. I found some interesting quotes related to education which Id like to share with you:

    The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. The truly human society is a learning society, where grandparents, parents, and children are students together. Eric Hoffer

    No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. Emma Goldman

    The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand,

    to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort. Ayn Rand

    The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think, rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men. Bill Beattie

    The one real object of education is to leave a man in the condition of continually asking questions. Bishop Creighton

    These quotations demonstrate the diversity of beliefs about the purpose of education. How would you complete the statement, The purpose of education is...? If you ask five of your fellow nurses to complete that sentence, it is likely that youll have five different statements. Some will place the focus on knowledge, some on the teacher, and others on the student. Yet peoples beliefs in the purpose of education lie at the heart of their teaching behaviours. Perhaps it is time for the focus of education to shift from whats out there - meaning curriculum, assessments, classroom arrangement, books, computers - to the fundamental assumptions about and definitions of education held by educators and policymakers. We at EONS believe that education is important. Hence, I hope that this issue of the EONS Newsletter will provide you with information which will generate new ideas, new challenges, provide you with renewed energy and motivation and . . .

    Jan Foubert, Editor in Chief

    CountriesrepresentedattheModernisingCancerNursingEducationeventinBrusselsCountry Number of participantsBelgium 11Finland 1Germany 3Iceland 1Italy 1Portugal 2Spain 1Turkey 1UK 14Total 35

    Letter from the Editor

    Dear Colleagues,

    Editor in Chief:Jan Foubert, RN, MSc

    Communications team:Carol Krcmar, RN, MNEmile Maassen, RN, CRNCath Miller, MA, RGN Dip Hsm

    The aim of the EONS newsletter is to provide a written resource for European nurses working in a cancer setting. The content of the articles are intended to contribute to the growing body of knowledge concerning cancer care.

    All correspondence should be addressedto the Editor-in-Chief [email protected] [email protected]

    EONS Secretariat:Rudi BrikAvenue E Mounier 83/4B-1200 Brussels, BelgiumTel: + 32 (2) 779 9923Fax: + 32 (2) 779 9937E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.cancereurope.org/EONS.html

    EONS acknowledges Amgen, AstraZeneca, Merck, Mundipharma, Novartis, Roche, Sanofi Aventis and Topotarget for their continued support of the Society as Sustaining Members.

    Print run: 6500 copiesElectronic version accessible to 24000 EONS members

    Printed by:Drukkerij Trioprint Nijmegen BvThe Netherlands

    DisclaimerThe views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Oncology Nursing Society. The agency/company represented in advertisements is solely responsible for the accuracy of information presented in that advertisement.

    The European Oncology NursingAssociation (EONS) does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of any translated materials contained within this edition of the EONS Newsletter. Comments about the Italian version of the EONS Newsletter should be addressedto the Associazione Italiana Infermieri diOncologia (AIIO) by emailing [email protected]

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    Following is a list of these programs: The 2nd Autumn Seminar of Oncology Nurses; A 2-day course for surgical oncology nurses; A teaching programme on adverse effects of chemotherapy,

    protective isolation, and improper hand hygiene for oncology department personnel;

    A training course on bleeding disorders (the fourth course on this topic);

    Training courses on psychology and non-Hodgkins lymphoma; A 3-day course on chemotherapy, accredited by EONS; The 10th annual spring conference.

    Because members of the Estonia ONS work in different oncology settings (hematology-oncology, bone marrow transplantation, surgical oncology, and radiation therapy and home care) we plan our educational courses with the diverse needs of these nurses in mind.

    CollaborationwithotherSocietiesWe actively cooperate with various organizations involved in general nursing as well as oncology nursing. These include the Estonian Nurses Union, the Estonian Cancer Society and, at the European level, EBMT. Our relationship with EBMT has been close over the years and they have provided us with practical and theoretical advice.

    RelationshipwiththeEuropeanOncologyNursingSocietyIn association with EONS, the Estonian ONS has organized several educational courses for oncology nurses. We have been a member of EONS since 1994. Some of the events we have collaborated on with EONS include: Training courses on oncology nursing which began as early as

    1994; Palliative care training with physicians in association with ESMO,

    EONS and ONS; Educational courses on chemotherapy which were accredited by


    The 4th Baltic Oncology Congress took place in Tartu in 2006 which included a programme for nurses. Steve OConnor from EONS attended the congress as a guest. The feedback on the nursing program was very good, especially from Lithuanian and Latvian colleagues. Steve also stated that he obtained a good overview on the activities of oncology nursing in the Baltic States through his attendance.

    In association with EONS we have conducted 2 TITAN-training courses and one TARGET-training course. Jan Foubert from EONS attended one of the TITAN courses and his presence was inspiring to the participants.

    FutureDirectionsIn the future we would like to give more importance to the following topics: Developing and conducting nursing research and implementing

    results into practice; Providing professional training for oncology nurses and further

    developing the specialty of cancer nursing; Providing translation of scientific literature and guidelines which

    have been developed by EONS.

    Our colleagues from... Estonia

    Anu Saag, President of the Estonian Oncology Nursing Society; Siiri Telling, Vice-president of the Estonian Oncology Nursing Society

    HistoryThe Estonian Oncology Nursing Society is the successor of the nursing section of the Estonian Cancer Society (founded in 1992) and became a free-standing organization in 1996.Last year we celebrated the 15th anniversary of our society.

    GoalsThe goal of the Oncology Nursing Society is to ensure consistent development of oncology nursing and thereby enhance the quality of nursing care offered to the patient and his family.To achieve this goal the Society: Plans and conducts training courses and seminars for health care

    professionals who deal with cancer patients; Develops cooperation and exchange of information between

    members; Develops the web page of the society; Motivates nurses to actively take part in the activities of the

    society; Introduces the work of oncology nurses and training possibilities to

    novice nurses; Promotes participation of nu