Oncology nursing in the global south during COVID-19

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Published: 9 Dec 2021
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Dr Julia Challinor and Prof Annie Young

Dr Julia Challinor (University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, USA) and Prof Annie Young (University of Warwick, Warwick, UK) discuss oncology nursing in the Global South during COVID-19 and the unique challenges, opportunities and insights that the pandemic has provided. Dr Challinor focuses on paediatric and young adult oncology nursing, while Prof Young specialises in adults.

They discuss a new special issue published in ecancermedicalscience which explains how cancer care has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the psychosocial impact on oncology nurses during this period. They conclude by discussing possible solutions to the problems discussed and how the capacity of nurses in the Global South can be reinforced going forward, talking about the concept of resilience regarding nursing staff.

Dr Challinor and Prof Young summarise many of the main findings from the Special Issue throughout, which you can read in full here.