EONS Education Projects

ABC4Nurses

EONS has started a new project, entitled ABC4Nurses. The aim of the project is to develop, deliver and evaluate a fit for practice, comprehensive, inclusive, and scalable online education programme, teaching European nurses specialist knowledge and skills in advanced breast cancer (ABC) care.

The project will comprise four parts:

In Part 1, a systematic review will be conducted to confirm the need for a new, bespoke educational programme for nurses in ABC.

The systematic review findings were published in the Nurse Education Today in July 2022. It is available open access to read online here: Advanced breast cancer education for cancer nurses: A systematic review.
Authors: Drury, A., Dowling, M., Diez de Los Rios la Serna, C., Erdem, S., Aroyo, V., Wiseman, T., Bagcivan, G. (2022).

In Part 2, a modified three-round Delphi approach will be used to gain consensus on the content of the educational programme for nurses in ABC.

In Part 3, a blended learning programme to support cancer nurses to develop their knowledge and skills in the care of women with ABC will be developed.

In Part 4, the programme will be implemented and evaluation will take place.

Project timelines: July 2021 – June 2023.

This project is lead by Dr Amanda Drury (University College Dublin) and Professor Theresa Wiseman (Royal Marsden, UK), together with co-investigators, Ms Celia Diez de Los Rios (EONS), Dr Gulcan Bagcivan (Koc University, Turkey), Dr Grigorios Kotronoulas (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom), Dr Maura Dowling (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland), Dr Amanda Shewbridge (Guys Cancer Academy, United Kingdom), Ms Sema Erdem (Europa Donna, Turkey) and Ms Violet Aroyo (Europa Donna, Turkey).

EONS would like to thank Pfizer for their support through a quality of care improvement grant.

In October 2021, the Delphi study (Part 2) of the ABC4Nurses project will be recruiting participants. Further information on this part of the study is available here


Early breast cancer – webinar mini-series

The latest EONS education project will be dedicated to early breast cancer (EBC). The main aim is to develop a webinar mini-series for the European cancer nursing community to support them in their care for people with EBC. The goal is to provide an overview of the knowledge and skills required to care for people with EBC in three separate webinars. The webinars will be translated into three languages.

The project will cover the following topics:

  • pathophysiology
  • genetics
  • EBC surgery
  • overview of neo/adjuvant therapies
  • assessment and management of treatment side effects and symptoms
  • impact of EBC on patients and families; and
  • living well during and after cancer treatment.

Project timeline: January 2022 – January 2023

EONS Task Group Members:

  • Theresa Wiseman, Chair, UK
  • Merel van Klinken, co-Chair, NL
  • Celia Diez de los Rios, Cancer Nurse Expert, ESP
  • Amanda Shewbridge, Cancer Nurse Expert, NL

EONS would like to thank the AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Novartis for their support through a restricted educational grant.


Nutrition in cancer – “NutriCaNurse”

“NutriCaNurse” is a short name for the latest EONS education project – an education webinar for cancer nurses. The main aim is to provide guidance regarding the knowledge, skills and competencies in nutrition for nurses who care for people affected by cancer. There will be three outputs from this project:

  1. Webinar on Nutrition in Cancer – this took place on 26 November 2020. It covered issues around cancer and malnutrition and described the main causes and mechanisms associated with nutritional problems in cancer patients. There was a focus on the different tools used to evaluate risk, the treatments and care interventions available, and on educating patients about this important part of their recovery.

The complete webinar can be accessed on the EONS YouTube channel – just click on the image below, or go to this link
(You can switch on English captions by clicking the small white icon “CC” on the bottom right of the video.)

2. Booklet – a practical guide for cancer nurses based on the webinar
You can download it now from the Further Information section of this page.

3. Article – an overview of the current status of knowledge, gaps and recommendations.

EONS Task Group Members:

  • Virpi Sulosaari, Chair, Finland
  • Sara Torcato Parreira, Cancer Nurse Expert, Portugal

This project is in collaboration with The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) & European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN).
EONS would like to thank the Medical Nutrition Industry (MNI) for their support through a restricted educational grant.


Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) webinar – watch the video!

Watch the video of the webinar

This live 90-minute webinar took place on 22 February 2021. It provided an overview of advanced breast cancer types, treatment options, usual sites of metastases and how to manage symptoms and continue to live well. Translated subtitles are available in French, Georgian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish (click on ‘Settings’ button to select).

The webinar provided all cancer nurses caring for people with advanced breast cancer (ABC) with a clear understanding of what the ABC entails and how to manage various psychosocial aspects faced by those affected. It also supported nurses in learning about the management of complex needs that ABC patients have, in order to maximally enhance the quality of life of those affected, while also enhancing optimal clinical outcomes.

The webinar has two parts:

  1. ABC (Hormone receptor-positive and HER2-negative disease) overview (e.g. where is the spread, symptom management)
  2. Treatment options (including adverse effects and side effects management) and living well with ABC (e.g. symptom assessment and management, enhancing physical and emotional well-being)

EONS Task Group Members:

  • Theresa Wiseman, Chair, UK
  • Merel van Klinken, co-Chair, NL
  • Celia Diez de los Rios, Cancer Nurse Expert, ESP
  • Dimitris Protogiros, Cancer Nurse Expert, GR

EONS would like to thank the Eli Lilly and Novartis for their support through a restricted educational grant.


Cancer Therapy-Induced Nausea & Vomiting in Adults

This is an education initiative aimed at cancer nurses to help them better understand the mechanisms and effective management of cancer induced nausea and/or vomiting (N/V), including delayed onset. You can download it now from this page. The booklet is available in Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish – click on the relevant link in the Further Information column of this page. Key points to remember and suggestions for practice change are included. The brochure serves as a teaching tool for nurses in clinical practice.

Task group members:

  • Anita Margulies, co-chair, Switzerland
  • Patrick Jahn, co-chair, Germany
  • Anki Delin Eriksson, Sweden
  • Sara Torcato Parreira, Portugal
  • Cheryl Vidall, UK

Medical Advisor:

  • Prof Dr Karin Jordan, Germany

The EONS “GUIDANCE – Therapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting” brochure was launched at EONS12 at ESMO 2019 Congress in Barcelona, in September 2019. EONS thanks Helsinn and TesaroBio for their support through a restricted educational grant.


Target

This edition of Target was updated in 2020. Target was developed to give nurses a better understanding of the characteristics associated with cancer development and how targeted therapies have improved patient outcomes by inhibiting or manipulating these oncogenic characteristics (Hanahan & Weinberg 2011). Emphasis on nursing practice and patient support throughout treatment remain the main focus of the Target programme.

The policy of multi-pharma support allows the content of the Target material to be not only generally applicable to all targeted therapies, but also neutral in its presentation. Nurses are involved with all drugs, all tumour entities, all patients and all health economic situations. It is the goal of EONS to give its member societies sufficient information and educational support to be able to meet the continually growing demands of the oncology health sector.

Offering a Target course through your society, interest group or institution, you will be giving nurses one of the best possible courses to understand this dynamically growing treatment area and will give them the knowledge to improve care and support for patients and their caregivers.  This update has been made possible by Amgen, Bayer, Merck, Novartis, Roche, Takeda and MSD.

The updated materials are available to EONS individual or national society members who wish to organise a Target course in their own country.

Translation grant(s) are available for the Target training materials. Full criteria are available in the application form.


ProsCApp

EONS’ first mobile application aims to assist cancer nurses in assessing and addressing the needs of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer according to the latest evidence-based assessment tools and management interventions. Emphasis is particularly placed on assessing and addressing the needs more frequently reported by patients which have been left unmet during their care. The app is available for download here and from the Further Information sidebar at the top of this page. Just follow the links to Apple’s AppStore and Google’s Play store.

*The ProsCApp is now available in two further languages: Dutch and Greek.

This tool has been made possible by a restricted education grant from Amgen and Takeda.


TITAN

The EONS TITAN programme is a training and education initiative designed to improve nurses’ skills and knowledge when working with patients with cancer-related thrombocytopenia, anaemia and neutropenia. An updated programme (2018) is now available to EONS individual or national society members who wish to organise a TITAN course in their own country.

The TITAN 2018 update provides comprehensive up-to-date information about the management of these cancer treatment-related complications and guidelines on patient education, and consists of:

  • A pre-course book
  • 7 slide power point presentations
  • Guidelines for TITAN 2018 organisers
  • Guidelines for creating a case study
  • Pre-course test
  • Programme sample
    • Course evaluation form

Task group members:

  • Erik van Muilekom, chair, The Netherlands
  • Patrick Crombez, co-chair, Belgium
  • Johan de Munter, Belgium
  • Christine Schneider-Worliczek, Austria
  • Arno Mank, The Netherlands
  • Elisabeth Wallhult, Sweden

EONS would like to thank AMGEN, TAKEDA and TEVA Pharmaceuticals for their support through an unrestricted educational grant. This TITAN update is an EONS/EMBT joint project.


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