This course provides a basic introduction in the delivery and understanding of caring for the child/young person who is undergoing treatment for a cancer diagnosis, and their family.
Who is the course suitable for? Registered paediatric nurses who, as part of their role, are expected to care for children and young people with a cancer diagnosis but have no or limited experience of this patient group.
Course aims and learning outcomes This course aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore and understand fundamental nursing implications and care related to working with children and young people with a cancer diagnosis. By the end of this course you will be able to:
explain what cancer is and why it occurs in children
describe why central lines are used in the treatment of children with cancer and the care associated with these venous access devices
understand the overview of different therapies used in treating childhood cancer
describe key side effects experienced by patients being treated for childhood cancer
understand the information that is shared with children, young people and their families regarding their treatment and to support them through the treatment.
On completion of the course you should gain a fundamental knowledge of key care elements involved in caring for patients and their families. You will also be given the opportunity to expand this knowledge in practice through the use of competencies which can be signed off by the lead cancer nurse/POON.
Course fee Free
Course leader Helen Blundell, clinical facilitator for paediatric oncology
Other faculty member Leigh Shaw, senior sister, Piam Brown