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Challenges Encountered by Vietnamese Nurses When Caring for Patients With Cancer

Ly Thuy Nguyen

Lourdes Clemenceau Annoussamy

Virginia T. LeBaron

Vietnam, oncology, nurses, education
ONF 2017, 44(2), 147-151. DOI: 10.1188/17.ONF.147-151

Providing holistic care is acknowledged as central to providing quality care for patients with cancer, but providing competent nursing care consistent with these approaches remains a challenge for nurses in Vietnam. Obstacles for Vietnamese oncology nurses include their low status, the limited scope of nursing practice, work overload in a hierarchical system, and cultural beliefs that view death and dying as taboo. Additional research to support oncology nurses in Vietnam must acknowledge the merits of improving nursing education as an important strategy for enhancing nursing autonomy, quality of care, and outcomes for the increasing number of patients with cancer in low- and middle-income countries.

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