The Preparation of Oncology Nurses in Palliative Care

Betty Ferrell, Rose Virani, Pam Malloy, Kathe Kelly

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Objectives: To address the opportunities for oncology nurses to prepare for and provide palliative care support to cancer patients and families. Data Sources: A review of the literature as well as synthesis of the experiences of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium over the past 10 years (2000-2010) were considered in summarizing implications for palliative care education in oncology. Conclusion: Cancer patients and their families across the cancer trajectory experience serious physical and psychosocial symptoms and spiritual concerns. Oncology nurses have contributed to the evolving field of palliative care, and the continued education of oncology nurses in this specialty is essential to quality care for patients and families. Implications for Nursing Practice: The need for palliative care in oncology will intensify in the future, and effective strategies for education are necessary to prepare the nursing workforce for the effective and compassionate care that patients and families deserve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-265
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in oncology nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Oncology nurses
  • Palliative care
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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