Who’s who: Radiation oncology nurse
My role is multifaceted, but mainly patient focused. I give information to all patients at a level of learning that they can understand.
- My role is to clarify any information given and to clarify what has been discussed.
- I give patients my contact number so they may contact me if they think of anything they may have wanted to ask.
- Clinic appointments can be frightening for patients and my role is to act as a patient advocate, give reassurance and to make sure the patient understands their treatment plan.
- In some cases, I help patients and families to understand when no treatment is appropriate or required at this time.
Reviewing patients and managing side effects
It is my role, with the help of the rest of the expert radiation oncology team, to manage side effects so that each patient can maintain their quality of life. Written information is provided if required. We liaise with many other health professionals on behalf of the patient to ensure optimal patient care.
After radiation therapyWhen the patient has completed radiation therapy, I liaise with public health nurses, family doctors and hospice teams to ensure continuity of care, depending on each patient’s individual circumstances.
Research and developmentResearch and development is important for all radiation oncology professionals. My nursing colleagues and I keep up to date with research by attending conferences and reading research articles to ensure we deliver evidence-based and best care practices for our patients.
An Introduction to Radiation Oncology: From Diagnosis to Survivorship
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