The CNSs are key members of the multi-disciplinary team for breast, urology, haematology-oncology and gastrointestinal cancers and palliative care.
DOHA: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has introduced seven clinical nurse specialists (CNS) in the cancer care pathway.
The CNSs are key members of the multi-disciplinary team for breast, urology, haematology-oncology and gastrointestinal cancers and palliative care. There is also a CNS for pain management who works across all types of cancer. The presence of CNSs at HMC represents a significant step forward for cancer nursing in Qatar and the region.
On the role of the CNSs, Dr Al Hareth Al Khater, Senior Consultant Physician, Assistant Chairman, Department of Haematology and Oncology, National Center for Cancer Care and Research, (NCCCR), HMC, said: “The role of CNSs in ensuring cancer patients receive high quality care, based on the best and most recent research evidence, is instrumental. The CNSs are key members of the multi-disciplinary team, providing direct patient care with a focus on outcome. As the demand for healthcare grows, we anticipate that CNSs will be increasingly important in providing the best care for our patients.”
CNSs use skills and expertise in cancer care to provide technical and emotional support, coordinate care services and inform and advise patients on clinical and practical issues.
They also support education and development of nurses working in wards and outpatient areas which leads to positive patient outcome.
Professor Alex Knuth, Medical Director for the NCCCR and Chairman of Cancer Services for HMC said: “Research done with people living with a cancer diagnosis shows a strong correlation between CNS interventions and safe patient care. The role of CNSs has been directly linked to improving patient involvement in the treatment decisions, enhanced pain management practices, increased patient satisfaction with nursing care, and lower complications in hospitalised patients.
“Given this strong correlation to patient safety, we hope to expand the use of CNSs and engage these clinical experts to a greater extent throughout all disciplines. As a result, we are working with the University of Calgary Qatar to train local nurses as the CNS workforce of the future”