In the past 40 years, the foundation of cancer care has evolved, adjusting to the growing number and complexity of patients diagnosed with cancer and to combination and novel treatments, more effective symptom management, and technology that enhances and improves care and its delivery. However, the essentials of oncology nursing practice remain the same. This article reviews these essentials and highlights factors that will advance oncology nursing practice in the coming years.
At a Glance
- The foundation of oncology nursing has been built from a core knowledge base about the latest in prevention and detection, clinical care delivery, targeted care toward a variety of populations, basic science of cancer diagnostics, treatment, and psychological support.
- The essentials of oncology nursing will continue to be driven by technologic advances and evidence-based practice.
- Moving forward, nursing must be vigilant and transformative in leadership, education, and practice.