Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.
A literature review identifying approaches to use in your practice to improve dietary advice
A literature review of the effects on social interactions of adolescents and young adults
This article reports the findings of an evaluation of a group pre-assessment workshop
Why you should read this article: • To recognise that oncology nurses often initially experience high levels of compassion satisfaction, but are also at risk of burnout • To identify how a variety of mindfulness interventions can improve oncology nurses’ emotional well-being and reduce the risk of burnout • To be aware that managing staff’s emotional health and well-being is a shared organisational and individual responsibility Nursing patients with cancer is associated with a high level of intensity of emotional engagement, which can result in compassion fatigue and burnout, with nurses leaving the profession as a result. Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment to improve health and well-being. This literature review sought to answer the question: ‘do mindfulness interventions reduce burnout in oncology nurses?’ A systematic database search was undertaken and seven articles were included in this review. Three main themes arose from content analysis of the articles: overall effectiveness of a diverse range of interventions; physical and psychological effect on nurses including skills acquisition to improve resilience; and the practicalities of using emotional support interventions. Mindfulness interventions can reduce levels of compassion fatigue and burnout in oncology nurses, and in practice these nurses can use the techniques learned to reduce stress and to support them in coping with challenging situations. Thus, such interventions can reduce the emotional cost of caring, reduce staff absences due to ill health and reduce the number of nurses leaving the profession or department.
Recognising the needs of teenagers and young people at the end of their cancer treatment
A literature review on providing patients with information on cancer treatments
Recognising the value of public patient involvement for people undergoing treatment
Evaluation of a project for deaf people accessing information on cancer survivorship
Nurses can use a combination of generic and condition-specific self-management approaches
UK online service evaluation of patient-reported effectiveness of netupitant and palonosetron
Protocol paper on designing a research study aimed at understanding the routes to diagnosis
This service evaluation focuses on the effects of the pandemic on patients and their carers