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Evidence in action: fostering growth of research-based practice in children's cancer nursing.

Gibson, F (2005) Evidence in action: fostering growth of research-based practice in children's cancer nursing. Eur J Oncol Nurs, 9 (1). pp. 8-20.

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It is an honour to be the first children's nurse to be asked to deliver the Robert Tiffany Lecture. However, the invite also provoked some anxiety: the responsibility weighs heavy. An opportunity to both celebrate the success of the speciality and explore the challenges that still face children's cancer nurses could not be missed. Two themes provide the focus for this paper, that of growth and evidence in action. Firstly, I will spend some time reflecting on how far we have come, describing stages of growth, development, maturation and differentiation in children's cancer nursing that defines nurses, and the speciality, as both similar and different to other nurses and other specialities. Secondly, I want to explore the notion of evidence and action and share some of the challenges we face in developing research for practice. The challenges themselves are of interest to all cancer nurses, as the solutions described have the potential for translation to other areas within cancer care. Children's cancer nursing is a relatively new speciality, and in terms of research in nursing this has only become integrated into our work in more recent years. Like many areas in nursing we continue to evolve, by anticipating and responding to changes in cancer treatments and thus influence healthcare delivery. This paper represents a point in time in the United Kingdom. Children's cancer nursing has unique qualities that attract nurses to work in the speciality, the essence of which is knowing about children and young people.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
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Date : March 2005
DOI : 10.1016/j.ejon.2005.01.008
Uncontrolled Keywords : Child, Evidence-Based Medicine, Humans, Nursing Research, Oncology Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Professional Autonomy, Specialties, Nursing
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:45
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 19:59

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