Nurses’ perspectives on the care provided to cancer patients

Watts, Rosemary, Botti, Mari and Hunter, Marion 2010, Nurses’ perspectives on the care provided to cancer patients, Cancer nursing, vol. 33, no. 2, March - April, pp. 1-8.

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Title Nurses’ perspectives on the care provided to cancer patients
Author(s) Watts, Rosemary
Botti, Mari
Hunter, Marion
Journal name Cancer nursing
Volume number 33
Issue number 2
Season March - April
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 0162-220X
Keyword(s) Adult
Cancer
Clinical practice
Clinical supervision
Psychosocial care
Registered nurses
Summary Background: Optimal care for patients with cancer involves the provision of effective physical and psychological care. Nurses are key providers of this care; however, the effectiveness of care is dependent on the nurses’ training, skills, attitudes, and beliefs.
Objective: The study reported in this article explored cancer nurses’ perceptions of their ability to provide psychosocial care to adults with cancer and their subsequent evaluation of the effectiveness of the care provided. This study was the first part of a larger project that evaluated the effectiveness of Proctor’s model of clinical supervision in an acute care oncology environment.
Methods: An exploratory qualitative design was used for this study. One focus group interview was conducted with 10 randomly selected registered nurses working within the oncology units at a major Melbourne tertiary referral hospital. Analytic themes were developed from the coded data using content analysis.
Results: The 4 analytic themes to emerge from the data were frustration, difficult to look after yourself, inadequate communication processes, and anger.
Conclusion: The findings from this study indicate that, although informal mechanisms of support are available for oncology nurses, most of these services are not accessed.
Implications for Practice: Leaders in cancer care hospital settings need to urgently develop and implement a model of support for their oncology nurses who are attempting to provide psychosocial support to oncology patients.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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