How COVID-19 has impacted oncology nursing practice and guidelines

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Published: 18 Dec 2020
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Kathleen Wiley - Director of Oncology Nursing Practice, ONS

Kathleen Wiley speaks to ecancer in an online interview about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nursing practice and how ONS have responded in order to provide relevant guidelines for this time.

She starts by describing some of the challenges the pandemic has presented to oncology nurses. These include shortages of PPE for nurses who regularly need these supplies to protect them from hazardous drug exposure, challenges to staffing and the risk of poor outcomes because of the virus, and sudden demand for training and administration of monoclonal antibodies.

Kathleen goes on to talk about some of the resources ONS has created in response to these challenges and how some changes to care might last beyond the pandemic.

She concludes by giving her advice to nurses at this time and by expressing her gratitude on behalf of ONS.