European Cancer Nursing Day (ECND24) – Saturday 18 May

From Knowledge to Action: Shaping the future of cancer nursing


The theme of European Cancer Nursing Day this year – From Knowledge to Action: Shaping the future of cancer nursing – reflects and celebrates the fact that 2024 is EONS’ 40th anniversary*. This presents an opportunity to look back at all the incredible things our organisation has achieved over the last four decades, but more importantly to look to the future and how, together, we can continue to shape cancer nursing in Europe. We believe that well-educated and well-supported cancer nurses can bring down the cancer burden and provide better patient care. It’s time to recognize specialist cancer nurses across Europe: their resilience and expertise are the keys to success in an era when healthcare is changing rapidly.

EONS will mark European Cancer Nursing Day (ECND24) with an online social media celebration by cancer nurses across Europe on Saturday 18 May.

EONS President Virpi Sulosaari said: “Mark your calendars for ECND24 on Saturday 18 May. It’s going to be a wonderful day when we all come together on social media to spread important messages about the future of our profession. Stay tuned for more coming soon at this page – and look out for more about this year’s ECND24 Competition and a special award to mark this 40th anniversary year.”

The EONS Working Groups (WGs) and the EONS Board will gather on Friday 17 May at the Kupittaa campus of Turku University, in Finland, welcomed by our Finnish President Virpi Sulosaari to review our work and plan our objectives for the year ahead. (EONS WGs should have received an email and link to register for the meeting. If not, please contact This will be preceded by a joint event with the Finnish Oncology Nursing Society and EONS during the afternoon of Thursday 16 May which is optional for EONS WG members.

A toolkit containing banners, printable templates and key messages for you to join in our social media campaign in the lead-up to ECND24 during May, and on the 18th itself, is available in the Further Information column on the right of this page.

* EONS’ 40th Anniversary will be extensively marked at our EONS17 conference in Barcelona 14-16 September 2024.