Oncology nursing during a pandemic: critical reflections in the context of COVID-19

Catherine Paterson*, Barbara Gobel, Tracy Gosselin, Pamela J. Haylock, Constantina Papadopoulou, Kim Slusser, Anna Rodriguez, Edith Pituskin

*Corresponding author for this work

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To provide a critical reflection of COVID-19 in the context of oncology nursing and provide recommendations for caring for people affected by cancer during this pandemic.
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Electronic databases including CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsychINFO, Scopus, professional websites, and grey literature were searched using Google scholar.
Nurses are key stakeholders in developing and implementing policies regarding standards of care during COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic poses several challenges for oncology services. Oncology nurses are providing a pivotal role in the care and management of the novel COVID-19 in the year landmarked as the International Year of the Nurse.
Implications for practice

It is too early to tell what shape this pandemic will take and its impact on oncology care. However, several important clinical considerations have been discussed to inform oncology nursing care and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number151028
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Issue number3
Early online date23 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Apr 2020


  • oncology nursing
  • Covid-19
  • coronavirus
  • workforce
  • supportive care
  • pandemic


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