Preventive and Palliative Onco Nurses
Preventive and Palliative Onco Nurses focusing on prevention of cancer mostly for people with or at risk for cancer, early detection and providing relief from the symptoms and stress of this serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. These specially trained nurses work together with a team of doctors and other specialists to provide an extra layer of support. Preventive and Palliative Onco nurse doesn’t just have a single role. Instead, it’s a series of roles geared towards providing support to both patients and families during one of their most difficult times.
To effectively fulfill nurses’ role in palliation and prevention, nurses have to be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for the job. Learning how to deal with own thoughts and emotions can help to succeed in this line of work.
Roles of Preventive and Palliative Onco Nurse includes:-
In addition to general nursing care, responsibilities of Preventive and Palliative Onco Nurse include (but are not limited to):
- As a preventive Onco Nurse: Educate the patients and relatives inside the hospital and others in the community using written and visual aids as well as referrals to other professionals or community programs, such as cancer support groups.
- Such education includes structured and unstructured experiences to assist patients with coping with their diagnosis, long-term adjustments, and symptoms; to gain information about prevention, diagnosis and care; and to develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes to maintain or regain health status.
- Address public health cancer risks, such as smoking and obesity, as well as cancer-causing environmental and occupational hazards in camp areas.
- Participate in vaccination programs.
- Perform the broad range of interventions that contribute to screening, early detection, and even treatment of precancerous lesions.
- As a Palliative Onco Nurse: Assess, identify, and manage not only pain but also the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs of patients and their families at the end of life.
- Participate in the development of hospice and palliative care services
- Provides medical expertise on pain, symptom management, and the evaluation of terminal prognosis to patient, family members and staff.
- Conduct reviews to evaluate whether appropriate processes were in place, and opportunities for patient recovery or death were satisfactory to the patient and their family.