The RCP was invited to attend a roundtable meeting in the European Parliament earlier this month to discuss challenges and opportunities for the recognition of cancer nursing in Europe. This formed part of events to celebrate European Cancer Nursing Day on Friday 18 May.
Findings were presented from a major research study Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN) led by EONS and supported by the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO). It highlighted major disparities in the recognition, training and working conditions of cancer nurses throughout Europe.
In Estonia, for example, cancer nurses receive no specialist training, while in the Netherlands cancer medicines must be delivered by highly trained and qualified cancer nurses.
The overall goal of RECaN is to increase recognition of the value and contribution of cancer nursing across Europe – focusing on expert cancer nursing skills, research, education, clinical leadership, strategy and management roles, advocacy, and policy development.
The roundtable was organised by the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and hosted by the MEPs Against Cancer Interest Group. Paul Belcher, principal advisor for European Engagement, represented RCP