Contributing to international cancer nursing
Stella Aguinaga Bialous became the first nurse from Latin America to be elected president of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
In October 2014, Stella Aguinaga Bialous became the first nurse from Latin America to be elected president of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. She speaks to Clare Lomas about her contributions to international cancer nursing, specifically through educational, research and policy initiatives to reduce tobacco use.
A globally renowned cancer nursing expert with a career spanning 30 years, Stella Aguinaga Bialous began her nurse training at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in her native Brazil. After qualifying in 1985, her first nursing role involved caring for haemato-oncology patients at the University Hospital in Rio.
‘I decided early on in high school that I wanted to be a nurse, but the specialty chose me, rather than the other way around,’ says Dr Bialous. ‘It was an extremely rewarding and enriching experience caring for haemato-oncology patients, and although I have transitioned into the preventative side of cancer care, it has never crossed my mind to leave the specialty.’
First published in print under the original title 'A global mission' in Cancer Nursing Practice: 11 March 2015, volume 14, issue 2.