Cancer Nursing Education

Cancer Education Programmes for Registered Nurses

All cancer nursing educational initiatives are overseen by the NCCP and the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) partnership. The programmes follow the recommendations of ‘The Strategy and Educational Framework for Nurses – Caring for People with Cancer in Ireland’ (NCCP, 2012).

The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) in collaboration with the ONMSD published The Strategy and Educational Framework for Nurses. This document specifies the competencies required by generalist and specialist nurses who care for people with cancer in Ireland.

This framework informs the curriculum content of cancer education programmes. Programmes range from in-service day programmes run through the Centres of Nursing Midwifery education (CNMEs), to formalised accredited postgraduate diploma and masters level delivered programmes in third level institutions. The objectives of these programmes is to enhance knowledge, skills and competence of those caring for cancer patients.

Registered Nurses (RNs) need to acquire the competencies to independently deliver care and treatments. It is critical that nurses moving forward maintain clinical competence. Employers need to support oncology nurses, to maintain their professional competence.

For more information on any of the NCCP Cancer Nurse Education Programmes, please contact Lisa Marry, Assistant Director of Nursing, NCCP @ lisa.marry@cancercontrol.ie.