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touchPANEL DISCUSSION

Protecting your patients and yourself during COVID-19:
A practical guide for cancer nurses

Introduction

Watch a panel of cancer nursing experts from Europe discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted cancer care working practices, the need to maintain a healthy workforce, as well as practical measures to support cancer care nurses during the pandemic.

Dr Lena Sharp chairs a discussion with Sara Torcato Parreira and Matthew Fowler to explore the emerging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of cancer services, the impact on nurses’ psychological and mental wellbeing and what measures are needed to support the delivery of cancer care in a post-COVID-19 era.

This activity is intended for cancer nurses globally.

This touchPANEL DISCUSSION was recorded on 5 August 2020.

Learning Objectives

After watching this touchPANEL DISCUSSION, you should be able to:

  • Outline how working practices have changed, and current challenges in delivering effective infection and control measures during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Discuss how changing working practices during the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the psychosocial and mental health of nurses
  • Describe how cancer care working practices may be tailored to ensure resilience, and prevent burnout and compassion fatigue of nurses for the safe delivery of cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Clinical spotlight

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted cancer care working practices?
  • How do we ensure a healthy workforce during COVID-19 for optimal cancer care delivery?
  • What adjustments have been made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of cancer care nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and what lessons have been learned?

Clinical Spotlight

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted cancer care working practices?
  • How do we ensure a healthy workforce during COVID-19 for optimal cancer care delivery?
  • What adjustments have been made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of cancer care nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and what lessons have been learned?

The expert panel

DR LENA SHARP

SARA TORCATO PARREIRA

MATTHEW FOWLER

Lena Sharp is the past president of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS). She is currently the Head of Department at The Regional Cancer Centre, Stockholm-Gotland, Sweden. Lena has been a cancer nurse since 1985. She has a long experience in clinical cancer nursing, leadership, teaching and research.

Prior to taking up her post at the Regional Cancer Centre, Lena Sharp was the chief nursing officer and patient safety coordinator at the Department of Oncology at Karolinska University Hospital. Her main focus areas in cancer nursing research are patient safety, communication, leadership, inequalities and cancer care organization.

Disclosures: No financial or non-financial relationships or activities to declare in relation to this activity

Sara Torcato Parreira is an oncology nurse specialist, working as an oncology nurse care coordinator in CUF Oncologia, Portugal. She has a MSc in Oncology Nursing and a postgraduate degree in Nursing Management. She worked for several years in the Oncology Day Unit and as a study-nurse in clinical trials. Sara is an active member of the Portuguese Oncology Nursing Association, being the co-coordinator of the Portuguese Young Cancer Nurses network. She is also a member of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and was the European Young Cancer Nurses representative from 2017 to 2019. Sara is involved in several projects in the oncology field, including the initiative, co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union, Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer, as EONS representative.

Disclosures: No financial or non-financial relationships or activities to declare in relation to this activity

Matthew Fowler graduated as a nurse from the University of Birmingham in 1997 and has worked as a cancer nurse since 1999. Matt is a consultant nurse for oncology and haematology at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital (part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust). Matt’s particular interests lie in advanced practice in cancer nursing, vascular access care as well as the management of low-risk febrile neutropenia. Matt holds a MSc in Nursing, a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice from Warwick university and has just embarked upon his PhD journey. Matt regularly teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate nurses, including the higher diploma in oncology and palliative care nursing at Bethlehem University in Palestine. He also has a keen interest in promoting cancer nursing as a profession to undergraduate nurses.

Disclosures: No financial or non-financial relationships or activities to declare in relation to this activity

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