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What is important for student nurses to know about cancer treatment and care: a qualitative study of student nurses’ and stakeholder perspectives

Edwards, Deborah ORCID:, Anstey, Sally ORCID:, Kelly, Daniel ORCID:, Baillie, Jessica ORCID: and Hopkinson, Jane B. ORCID: 2017. What is important for student nurses to know about cancer treatment and care: a qualitative study of student nurses’ and stakeholder perspectives. Journal of Clinical Nursing 26 (13-14) , pp. 2045-2054. 10.1111/jocn.13616

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Aims and Objectives To explore the views of student nurses’ and stakeholders of what is important for student nurses to know about cancer treatment and care. Background Worldwide, the number of people living with cancer is increasing because the population is aging and effective cancer treatments are prolonging survival. All nurses need knowledge, skills, confidence and competence to support people living with cancer. Education is an important tool in preparing a nursing workforce that can support people affected by cancer. Design A descriptive, explorative qualitative design. Methods Semi-structured interviews with 12 student nurses and 7 stakeholders were conducted in 2014 (a sub-group of participants in a mixed-methods study investigating an innovation in undergraduate cancer education and reported elsewhere.) The interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and analysed using content analysis. Results Two key findings emerged: the benefits of learning from people affected by cancer and knowledge deficits. Students valued the opportunity to meet people affected by cancer away from a clinical environment. It gave them the opportunity to gain skills and confidence, in providing information and psycho-educational support, in a safe and facilitated context. Students and stakeholders reported blended learning (lectures and engaging with both cancer clinicians and people affected by cancer) important for developing confidence and competence in cancer care. However, at the end of their education students identified knowledge deficits in relation to; cancer screening, common cancers, treatment side effects and supporting people who have been given “bad news”. Conclusions Collaborative working with people affected by cancer and educationalists has allowed the patient and carer experience to be placed at the centre of the undergraduate cancer education. Relevance to clinical practice This research reveals the potential importance of the co-production of undergraduate nurse cancer education, if nurses are to understand and improve the experience of people living with cancer and beyond. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nursing Students; Cancer; Attitudes
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0962-1067
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 9 October 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 14:35

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