Qualities of a good cancer nurse

Lead lung cancer nurse Leah Taylor tells Clare Lomas about her new role caring for patients with mesothelioma, and outlines the qualities required to be a good cancer nurse

Lead lung cancer nurse Leah Taylor tells Clare Lomas about her new role caring for patients with mesothelioma, and outlines the qualities required to be a good cancer nurse.

Abstract

Leah Taylor has been lead lung cancer nurse for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2011 and leads a team of clinical nurse specialists across several hospital sites. She tells Clare Lomas about her new role caring for patients with mesothelioma in the north east of England and outlines the qualities required to be a good cancer nurse.

In March, lung cancer nurse Leah Taylor became the first clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the north east of England specifically for patients with mesothelioma.  A cancer of the lung lining caused by exposure to asbestos, the north east has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the UK, largely due to the region’s long history of shipbuilding where asbestos use was rife until the 1980s.

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First published in print under the original title 'Network of expertise' in Cancer Nursing Practice: 12 May 2015, volume 14, issue 4.

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