EONS-ESO Education

2nd ESO/EONS Eastern Europe and Balkan Region Masterclass in oncology nursing

Postponed to 1-3 September 2021


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the EEBR 2020 Masterclass faculty has decided to postpone this event, which was scheduled to take place in November 2020 in Belgrade, to a later date in 2021 with the  participants selected for the 2020 event.

The new date confirmed is 1-3 September 2021, Belgrade

This Masterclass in Oncology Nursing is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of cancer nurses from Eastern Europe and Balkan region and in order to facilitate the interaction, simultaneous translation in Serbian Croat is provided. A second language translation will be offered, depending on the number of the requests received.
Three intensive days of full immersion in up-to-date cancer nursing will create a collective spirit of teaching and learning to improving clinical skills and patient care.

More information and programme

* 13th ESO-EONS Masterclass in Oncology Nursing, 7-11 July, Tallinn, Estonia – CANCELLED *

Due to the Covid-19 situation in Europe and its consequences for cancer nurses, we have decided to cancel the Masterclass in 2021.
At the end of the year a new call for the Masterclass in 2022 will be open.

The Masterclass in Oncology Nursing programme is designed for European advanced cancer nurses as a multi-professional joint event. Five intensive days of full immersion in up-to-date cancer care will create a collective spirit of teaching and learning to improve clinical skills and patient care.

Nursing sessions are specific nursing-oriented sessions exploring specialist practice skills such as assessment and decision making, communication skills, complex symptom management, research in nursing, and psychosocial consequences of cancer therapy, to mention a few.
Other sessions will provide the forum for reviewing and understanding the growing evidence base for nursing interventions and reflect on participants’ role in clinical leadership. Case studies will be presented by the participants and will explore nursing practice focusing on special aspects of care.
In joint clinical sessions, nurses will, together with physicians, update their clinical knowledge about the latest issues for the management of various cancers, with an international faculty of experts. Special joint sessions will highlight and support the growing need for multiprofessionality in chosen topics. Practical training will be offered in smaller group sessions, case study sessions focusing on skills necessary for patient care management.

Aims and objectives

The Masterclass aims to prepare cancer nurses for future senior roles and enhance their clinical knowledge in the management of the cancer patient during all phases of the cancer journey. Following completion of the course, nurses will be able to use evidence-based knowledge in effective symptom management and interventions with the aim to improve patient experience, symptom management and care.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand new developments in oncology disease management.
  • Recognise and describe acute and late adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • Identify complex patient needs across the cancer trajectory.
  • Demonstrate understanding of advanced communication skills in oncology nursing care.
  • Critically appraise the evidence for cancer symptom management and care interventions.
  • Reflect on theoretical underpinnings of decision making.
  • Describe the role of the advanced oncology nurse in leading clinical nursing care.

The Masterclass is:

A 4-day residential educational event

Full immersion



An international faculty of top experts delivering advanced concepts


The Masterclass programme will be endorsed by the European Oncology Nursing Society.

Teaching format

The Masterclass offers plenary lectures regarding state-of-the-art clinical evaluation and treatments with reference to clinical guidelines and which will include notes and resources.

Skills-based clinical sessions will be interactive, and participants must be prepared to join in. All participants will reside at the course venue and participation in the nursing sessions is compulsory throughout the course.

The Masterclass will be entirely in English and fluency in English is necessary for admission. Clinical case studies, submitted prior to the course, will be a requirement for all participants. The faculty will evaluate which case studies will be presented for group discussion.

The full programme is available in the Further Information section on this page.

General information

Profile of the ideal candidate

  • Works as a cancer nurse in Europe (53 countries in WHO Europe)
  • Works at a nursing practice level, and with at least 3-5 years of clinical cancer nursing practice (a Master of Nursing Science degree is not mandatory).
  • Involved in direct patient care, also combined with the management, organisation and co-ordination of cancer patient care.
  • Fluent in English (reading and speaking).
  • Member of an EONS member society or individual member of EONS or is willing to become an individual member of EONS immediately after acceptance.

Attendance and registration

Attendance at the Masterclass is by application only. Successful candidates have free registration and accommodation. Travel costs will not be covered.

The call for applications is now closed. The EONS Masterclass faculty has now evaluated the applications received. The list of selected participants is available in the Further information section of this page.

ESO e-sessions: Free online learning for nurses

The European School of Oncology (ESO) has pioneered the concept of live online sessions for cancer professionals. These e-sessions include debates, conference highlights, teaching sessions and more.

The teaching sessions are known as grandrounds. These are:

  • a chance to hear live from an expert in your field
  • a chance to ask questions live
  • often CME accredited.

Some e-sessions are hosted in collaboration with EONS, and these tend to be of great relevance to your nursing practice.

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To access ESO’s e-sessions, you will first need to register with the e-ESO website and check your computer and browser meets the minimum system requirements. You can submit questions in advance of the session, ask them directly during the session or (in some cases) contact the expert afterwards.

If you miss an e-session, you can catch up later by watching a recording. Recordings of all e-sessions are available for 12 months after broadcast. The e-ESO site has an extensive archive of recorded sessions from the past year, all available for free.

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