Celebrating the 19th Annual Oncology Nursing Day
by Marcello Bernardo
Oncology Nursing Day (April 5) recognizes the incredible role that oncology nurses play in our national health care system. This year’s theme is Together Again: Connection, Reflection and Celebration.
Cancer affects people of all genders, nationalities and age groups. Oncology nurses are on the front lines of care across the cancer journey, from cancer screening and prevention, diagnosis and assessment, treatment, symptom management support, survivorship, palliative and end-of-life care. They are also instrumental in health care policy and guideline development and research.
There are few specialties in the nursing profession where nurses get the privilege to practice, teach, lead and impact patients and families with an illness across the entire disease trajectory. Many nurses reflect that they don’t choose oncology nursing, but oncology nursing chooses them. Even during difficult times our patients and families motivate our oncology nurses, lift them up and challenge them. We encourage our community, region and all Canadians to join us in showing appreciation and thanks to all our oncology nurses for their commitment, passion and dedication to patient care.