The ability to provide supportive care at an advanced level is a key domain of specialist cancer nursing practice.
This area of practice comprises competencies that reflect the SCN's ability to identify multiple needs across all domains of health throughout the cancer continuum, and includes implementation of evidence-based supportive care interventions in a flexible and responsive manner, in the context of a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to care.
The key concepts associated with cancer supportive care principles include:
- Definition of supportive care.
- Screening and assessment of supportive care needs.
- Evidence based approaches to education and information provision.
- Therapeutic communication skills.
- Promoting self-management.
- Barriers to supportive care provision.
- Self-care for nurses.
On completion of this module, you should be able to:
- Identify key supportive care needs people may experience during and after treatment for cancer.
- Implement evidence based screening and assessment approaches to identify supportive care needs.
- Integrate evidence based communication and information provision strategies throughout the supportive care process.
- Discuss appropriate use of a range of evidence based interventions to address common supportive care needs of people affected by cancer.
- Identify evidence based resources to make relevant referrals
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Cancer Australia. (2017) EdCaN module: Cancer supportive care principles, version 2.