GUWAHATI, Aug 18 - Nurses often have a better opportunity than any other member of the healthcare team to develop the required rapport for effective communication with patients and their families.
This crucial aspect of healthcare delivery that also hastens a patient�s recovery process was emphasised at the ongoing Oncology Nursing Programme that got under way at the Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) on Thursday under the aegis of BBCI in association with the National Cancer Grid.
The three-day event will conclude tomorrow.
�The field of oncology nursing in particular is probably one of the most challenging and rewarding fields in nursing care. With the introduction of new scientific advancements into cancer care and changes in healthcare delivery, the role of the oncology nurse will continue to evolve,� Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, Director of BBCI, said.
The National Cancer Grid is a flagship programme of the Department of Atomic Energy with a network of 108 major cancer centres, research institutes, patient groups and charitable institutions across India with the mandate of establishing uniform standards of patient care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and also for providing specialised training and education in oncology.
�The Oncology Nursing Programme is being attended by trainees from across the North East. It is covering various topics like nursing management of patients undergoing chemotherapy and palliative care, taking care of surgical stoma after major cancer surgeries, effective communication strategy of nurses with patients, nutritional and rehabilitation care of cancer patients, and the role of research in oncology nursing,� a BBCI spokesperson said.
On Thursday, a practical session was held at BBCI and Cancer Hospital, GMCH.
Anita D�Souza, Principal of Nursing College, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, lauded the BBCI and the National Cancer Grid for organising such oncology training programmes for nurses.
Other guest faculties for the Oncology Nursing Programme were Maria Caravalho, former principal and Prathepa Jagdish, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai; Anupama Susmitha, nursing officer, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum; Gnana Sundary, nursing educator, Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai and Sunita Gupta, senior nurse, Tata Memorial Centre, Kolkata.
�BBCI has tied up with the Asian Institute of Nursing Education and Regional College of Nursing at Guwahati to conduct regular updates on oncology nursing. There is also a proposal under consideration for starting post basic diploma training in oncology at BBCI,� Dr Kataki said, adding that specialised oncology training of nurses working in cancer treatment centres of the region is very important to raise the standard of cancer care to the level of the best in country.