Cancer does not respect time or place: a festive reflection

As 2017 draws to a close, RCN cancer and breast care forum chair Susanne Cruickshank has a festive message and asks for feedback on the college's career and education framework for cancer nursing

At the start of this year, I shared news about the publication of the RCN Career and Education Framework for Cancer Nursing, a collaboration between the college’s cancer and breast care forum, the UK Oncology Nursing Society and the Higher Education Academy.

Cancer touches so many lives, even at Christmas
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The forum has taken every opportunity to promote and share the framework among nurses. We hope to publish some examples of how the framework has been useful to nursing students, clinical support workers and nurses at all levels to guide their educational and career aspirations. We would like nurses to get in touch to share their experiences of using the framework and we will continue to seek feedback throughout 2018. 

What this means for nurses

The message is clear to all workforce planners; investing in the education of current and future nursing staff is vital if we are to achieve high-quality care and attract more nurses to work in cancer. As mentioned in forum focus last month, genomic profiling is going to change conversations about treatment, and this is one example of where nurses will need time to understand what this means for their role. 

Cancer and Christmas

The festive season is upon us and I hope you manage to get some time to relax and recharge your batteries. While Christmas can be a time of relief and hope for some, it can be one of sadness for others. Cancer touches so many lives and is not respectful of time and place. 

'Keep going with what you’re doing – nurses are making such a big difference to those affected by cancer'

On a positive note, I listened to some patients describing their cancer experiences the other week. Nurses were instrumental to every part of this journey and had made such an impact on each of the patients. 

So my message to you is to keep going with what you’re doing – nurses are making such a big difference to those affected by cancer. 

This leaves me to finish by saying the forum committee and I would like to wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year. 

About the author

Susanne Cruickshank @Sue_Cruickshank is chair of the RCN cancer and breast care forum


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