Nurses are part of an integrated multidisciplinary team of health care professionals in the program providing comprehensive, individualized care to infants, children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders.
Nursing care not only focuses on the child, but also includes family members as active partners on the health care team. The nursing team consists of staff nurses both inpatient and outpatient, advanced practice nurses in the roles of Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Clinicians, Clinical Nurse Coordinators, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Resource Nurses, Discharge Planning Nurse and Apheresis Clinical Nurse Coordinator.
Nursing services are provided through direct patient care, education, research and outreach. Direct patient care is provided to patients and families who are admitted to inpatient units and who receive treatment in the outpatient clinic. Contact and care of the patients and families begins upon admission, through initial diagnosis and treatment, to long term follow-up, or palliative care and bereavement follow-up.
The nurse clinicians/nurse practitioners are the primary consultants for pediatric oncology/hematology. They provide phone consultation to nurses around the province involving direct patient care issues, education and research. Education programs are provided to agencies and centres around the province to assist in the provision of care and support to pediatric oncology and hematology patients.
Nursing in this program provides education to patients and families, students and staff. Clinical nurse educators have developed and provide education for staff within the program and the hospital.
Oncology nursing has an integral role in the Children’s Oncology Group protocols (international clinical trials organization developing pediatric cancer treatments), as well as other accepted research studies within the hospital.