Oncology Nursing: Quo Vadis? A 30-Year Perspective
January 01, 2006
The myriad changes that oncology physicians have experienced in the last 20 years are certainly applicable to oncology nurses, in particular, the technology explosion and its effects on diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship; the emergence of cancer as a disease of the elderly; challenges posed by shortages of health care workers; and the fact that almost all cancer patients today are treated as outpatients. Recent therapeutic innovations and management approaches have been keenly felt by oncology nurses, who typically play a major role in patient education.