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Oncology Nursing

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March 12th 2022 - March 4th 2023
Sara Torcato Parreira (RN, MSc)
The extensive developments in cancer care and the expanding roles of cancer nurses make education in cancer nursing mandatory for every nurse working with people affected by cancer. This Post-Graduation in Oncology Nursing is an academic and clinically based programme designed for nurses who aim to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies regarding cancer care and cancer nursing.

This course is divided into five modules which address key areas regarding each stage of the cancer trajectory with a view on nursing practice for the provision of high quality care for people affected by cancer, from prevention to end-of-life care.

Ahed Post-graduation in Oncology Nursing is based on the Cancer Nursing Education Framework from the European Oncology Nursing Society. It is a blended learning course, delivered mostly online with a student-centered approach complemented by internships at designated cancer centers. Classes will be taught in Portuguese, except the ones with international speakers.
Preference to nurses working in oncology departments
  1. Enhance knowledge regarding cancer epidemiology, modifiable and non-modifiable determinants of cancer
  2. Describe risk reduction strategies and health promotion strategies
  3. Identify genetic screening for cancer and current cancer screening strategies
  4. Evaluate the nurse’s role with reference to risk reduction and early detection in the context of cancer
  5. Know the biology of cancer
  6. Describe the range of diagnostic and staging approaches used to establish a cancer diagnosis, the extent of the disease and prognosis for treatment decision making
  7. Understand different treatment modalities in cancer care
  8. Identify and manage acute, chronic and late toxicities of cancer treatments
  9. Identify and manage oncology emergencies
  10. Know how to administer cancer treatments safely and effectively
  11. Identify and manage educational and supportive care needs of people affected by cancer
  12. Understand multidisciplinary care for a patient-centred approach
  13. Describe the philosophy and principles of palliative care and end-of-life care
  14. Identify, differentiate and manage symptoms of advanced disease and the final phase of life
  15. Enhance knowledge about bereavement counselling and support
  16. Develop communication skills for an effective communication with people affected by cancer
  17. Develop communication skills for an effective communication with co-workers
  18. Understand clinical trials and the role of the nurse
  19. Identify the key sources of research and evidence-based guidelines relevant to cancer nursing
  20. Enhance knowledge on how to write an academic paper
  21. Know oncology nursing history and the competences required for oncology nursing practice
  22. Describe the importance of the legal, ethical and professional issues in the care of people affected by cancer
  23. Analyse the nursing role in facilitating patients’ decision making
  24. Describe the principles of risk assessment and management in relation to the care of people affected by cancer
  25. Explore the role of clinical audit in practice development
  26. Understand the importance of self-development and emotional resilience for cancer nurses
  27. Observe in practice cancer nurses activities and interventions
  28. Analyse the nursing role in supporting people during cancer diagnosis, during cancer treatment and until follow-up or end-of-life care
  29. Develop skills in clinical practice
  30. Develop the ability of critical analysis in the clinical context
Degree in Nursing