A new special issue published in ecancer includes narratives from oncology nurses across the world describing the psychosocial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their family and work lives.
Oncology nurses and their patients face a double burden in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), where resources are limited under normal circumstances and now must accommodate pandemic-related challenges. The special issue includes personal reports and narratives describing the the early psychosocial effects of the pandemic, for example lockdowns and increased staff shortages due to diversion to COVID-19 wards or vulnerable nurses with chronic conditions or pregnancy staying at home while some became infected with COVID-19 and died.
The significance of the oncology nurse’s contribution to the care of people with cancer is more relevant than ever before due to their role as the cornerstone of health services, either on the frontline offering compassionate care or in leadership, research and education.
The special issue is open access and can be read here: https://ecancer.org/en/journal/special-issue/30-oncology-nursing-in-the-...
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