Nursing children with cancer

Nursing Children with Cancer is a 12 week (36 day) program based in the Children’s Cancer Centre’s at The Royal Children’s Hospital (12 days) and Monash Children’s Hospital (12 days), Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre paediatric service (3 days) and ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service (3 days). The program also allows for elective areas of interest (6 days). The aim of the program is to provide nurses with an opportunity to increase their understanding of paediatric oncology care through a variety of workplace experiences in specialty clinical environments.

The objective of this program is to provide an experience for the nurse that:

  • supports the application of theoretical knowledge to the clinical environment
  • promotes experience in assessment and clinical decision making of children undergoing treatment for cancer or stem cell transplantation, and their family
  • nurtures critical thinking through observation, reflection and discussion with key experts in the paediatric oncology community
  • provides a learning experience for the nurse as a participant within a wider multidisciplinary team
  • supports development of skills through observation in care coordination and planning, as well as health teaching and health promotion.