2016 Award Winners Announced

April 14th, 2016 in Board in Action

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) is honored to announce its award winners for 2016. The winners will be presented their awards at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016, September 4-7, 2016 in Hong Kong, China.

ISNCC also thanks all those who submitted nominations.

Distinguished Merit Award – Sanchia Aranda


The Distinguished Merit Award is offered once every two years in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the international advancement of the science and art of cancer nursing, if warranted. ISNCC is pleased to announce Sanchia Aranda as this year’s winner of the Distinguished Merit Award.

Professor Sanchia Aranda is the CEO of Cancer Council Australia. She has more than 30 years’ experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and senior healthcare administrator. From her early career as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand she specialized in cancer and palliative care, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Nursing and a doctoral thesis exploring nurse-patient relationships in cancer and palliative care. She has extensive experience in health-system administration and most recently was Director of Cancer Services and Information and Deputy CEO at the Cancer Institute NSW.

Professor Aranda is President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and a former President of ISNCC. As well as being a research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, she holds academic appointments at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney.

Widely published in Australian and international health literature, Professor Aranda has also conducted research reviews for the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Cancer Councils, state nursing boards and private sector research funding bodies. As CEO of Australia’s top non-government cancer control organization, Professor Aranda is a strong independent voice on evidence-based cancer control. She is engaged in all fields of cancer from primary prevention through to survivorship and advanced care, and has a particular professional interest in improved ways to care for and support cancer patients. She is also a regular commentator on cancer issues in Australian media.

Professor Aranda’s role in cancer control has been recognized nationally and internationally, and in 2013 she was named the 4th Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Distinguished Fellow for her contributions to cancer nursing.

The Distinguished Merit award will be presented by the ISNCC President to Professor Aranda at the ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, China, during the Distinguished Merit Award Session on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 4.40pm – 5.30pm. Professor Aranda will present a 30 minute lecture on the awarded activities.

Past Presidents’ Award – Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti

Naomi Ohene Oti

This award was given for the first time at the biennial conference of the ISNCC in the year 2000. It is given in recognition of a cancer nurse from a low or middle income country who has initiated and sustained a program of cancer care in her/his country which has been in place for three or more years and has the potential for replication or adaptation beyond the country’s borders. ISNCC is pleased to announce Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti as this year’s winner of the Past Presidents’ Award.

Naomi has been working in the field of oncology for the past fourteen years. She leads oncology nursing training at the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine in Korle Bu, Ghana. She has been pivotal in oncology nursing education at her facility and in Ghana. In 2002 Naomi travelled to the Mayo Clinic in the USA where she was trained in the coordination of clinical trials. In this role, she identified and learned the critical role of the oncology nurse and its impact on delivery of quality care to cancer patients. The Mayo program inspired her to pursue formal training in oncology. Naomi used her training to institute a variety of in-house training programs that have enabled nurses to deliver quality cancer care. Naomi is now the focal person for oncology nursing training for Ghana’s Ministry of Health. In 2014 and 2015 she was among a team of specialists who developed the Postgraduate Clinical Oncology Nurse Specialist curriculum for the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives. Naomi was also a recipient of an ISNCC conference scholarship to 13th ICCN 2004 in Sydney, Australia.

The Past Presidents’ Award will be presented by the ISNCC Immediate Past President at ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, China, during the Closing Address on Wednesday September 7, 2016 at 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Robert Tiffany Lectureship 
This lectureship was created to keep alive and honor the memory of Robert Tiffany, founding member and President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. Robert Tiffany was the initiator of the Biennial International Conference on Cancer Nursing. Robert Tiffany was an inspiration to many nurses around the world and the intention of the named lecture is to honor those who have a similar capacity to inspire cancer nurses of today and of the future.

ISNCC is pleased to announce Myrna McLaughlin-Anderson as this year’s winner of the Robert Tiffany Lectureship.

Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson Photo

Myrna is a Senior Advisor in the Panama Ministry of Health and has almost thirty years of experience in cancer nursing. She is also a Professor of Nursing at the University of Panama, where she teach several courses pre-graduate and post-graduate courses in the School of Nursing including Adult Health, Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology, Chemotherapy and Palliative care. In 2008, she the received ISNCC’s Past Presidents’ Award in recognition of the development of Asociacion HOSPES Pro-cuidado Paliativo, a Palliative Care program in Panama. From 2009-2011, Myrna was as the advisor to the Vice-Minister of Health. From that position, she was an integral component of the commission that developed the National Program of Palliative care and the National Plan for Cancer Prevention and Control. In 2013, the Mayor of the City of Panama awarded Myrna the Key of the City in recognition of her career treating cancer patients and promoting cancer nursing education.

The Robert Tiffany Lectureship will be held at the ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, China on Monday September 5, 2016 at 8.25am – 9.00am during the Official Opening & Keynote session. The Robert Tiffany Lectureship recipient will be invited to present a 40 minute lecture as outlined above.

ISNCC Corporate and Philanthropic Development Committee

February 18th, 2016 in Board in Action

By Annie Young, University of Warwick, England, United Kingdom. Conference Management Committee 2016, Corporate and Philanthropic Development Committee, Finance and Audit Committee.

What’s the C&PDC for?

  • The Corporate and Philanthropic Development Committee seeks opportunities to bring in grants, donations or other revenue sources and potential long-term partnerships to support the work of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.

What have we, the members, been doing?

  • 2015 has been a very busy time for the committee and the hard work continues into the New Year. Along with our magnificent President, Stella Bialous, we have been working hard to maximise grant and sponsorship opportunity. This has included a review of our materials to entice partners to work with us, and an update of the terms and conditions of such work. This has now been completed and we hope these updated documents will encourage the sponsor to make a commitment to ISNCC. Sponsorship is essential to be able to develop high quality educational materials and events. The negotiations required to secure funding can sometimes be lengthy and involves much detailed paperwork and contracts. However last year (2015), we managed to achieve 134% of the goals we set ourselves!  The detailed negotiations are, of course, worth it when they translate into high quality education for the international nursing community and they are used.
  • Several workshops have been developed and delivered in 2015 including cervical cancer training workshops in Lima, Peru with 23 participants attending from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru, and in San Salvador, El Salvador with 42 participants from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. These events evaluated well and have generated further funding for a further event in Latin America and an expansion of this regional project in 2016 from other funding sources. Success breeds success!
  • In addition to face to face training, online learning events have been developed. They are currently going through their final approval process; we have an online skin toxicity module which we hope to launch in Spring 2016. Similarly, a multiple myeloma module in English is ready, with translation planned, and further modules on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia  [ALL] and  Immune thrombocytopenia [ITP], are near completion.
  • We invite all members to let us know what is needed to help nurses meet the demands of practice. To contact us, please click here

So it’s been a busy year with much success. We hope to achieve similar success in 2016 and continue to seek funding for priority global cancer projects and indeed, sponsorship for our now annual meeting. The need to regularly engage with partners remains paramount, as is the need to remain alert to identify competitive grant opportunities.

The mission remains focussed.  Last year we said goodbye to our ex-chair and longstanding committee member, Esther Green; huge thanks for her contribution and unstinting hard work. We are fortunate that she is still leading one of our projects in Central and South America on a training programme for oncology nurses on cervical screening.

In with the new – we were delighted to receive 6 applications from members wishing to join our committee and after a selection process; we have welcomed two new members from China and Nigeria, into the committee’s fold.

So we move into 2016 with fresh blood and renewed vigour. We will do our very best in both the ‘Corporate’ and ‘Philanthropic’ aspects of cancer care.

Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee Addresses Need for Educational Materials in Palliative Care and Symptom Management

January 20th, 2016 in Board in Action

by Susan L. Beck, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States.  ISNCC Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee Chair, ISNCC Conference Management Committee Member.

One of the major objectives of the Knowledge Development and Dissemination (KDD) Committee is to improve the utilization of the ISNCC website as a point of access for nurses to find and utilize educational materials. The ISNCC Strategic Plan (http://www.isncc.org/?page=StratPlan) specifically outlined the following activities which the KDD Committee is addressing.

  1. Develop a system for identifying existing international educational resources and linking to these resources.
  2. Review content of newsletter and website based on feedback from educational needs survey and update as appropriate.
  3. Offer educational resources in languages other than English.
  4. Develop links with other organizations that have relevant educational material in languages other than English
  5. Develop dissemination plan for existing educational resources.

The KDD Committee began this process by assessing both the educational needs of our members and reviewing which resources are currently available. The Communications Committee conducted a Needs Assessment via a Member Survey in 2014. The participants included 15 full organizational members and 265 nurses who are individual members or potential individual members of ISNCC from around the world. The three most important categories for continuing education for cancer nurses rated by both full/association and individual members were the same: evidence-based practice in cancer care, management of symptoms and treatment induced complications and cancer prevention and screening.  However, when individual members were grouped by level of income country, the most important category rated by the respondents from high and upper-middle income country was different from that rated by those from lower-middle and low income country. The former group chose evidence-based practice, whereas the latter group rated palliative and supportive care as the most important category for continuing education for cancer nurses, followed by cancer prevention and screening.

Current resources available from ISNCC are located on the ISNCC Insight (http://www.isncc.org/?page=Insight). Three types of Resources are available; in some cases access is only available to nurses who are ISNCC members.

Online Resources (http://www.isncc.org/default.asp?page=InsightResources) which contain a variety of types of resources, fact sheets, guidelines, patient tools etc. Many are focused on specific types of cancer treatment such as targeted therapies and have resulted from special projects funded with generous grant support from industry. Many of these are available in more than one language.

Resources from Past Conferences (http://www.isncc.org/?page=PreviousICCN). This section includes slides (in pdf format) or recordings from the major plenary presentations from International Conferences on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) held since 2006. The ICCN is the longest running international conference for our profession and offers a unique opportunity to meet with international cancer nursing leaders from around the world, in one place, at one time. All recordings are in English.

Webinar Library (http://www.isncc.org/?page=Webinars) The ISNCC Educational Webinar Library features experts in the field speaking on relevant hot topics.  Topics include: (1) Workforce/Workplace Issues and Strategies for Success, (2) Long Term Breast Cancer Survivorship Care – Who will Provide it and What are the Needs, (3) Patient Safety Issues, Including Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs, Infections, (4) Treatment Updates – New Treatments and Their Nursing Implications-Including Target Treatments, (5) New Chemotherapy regimens/Drugs, New Radiotherapies, (6) Psychosocial and Communication Issues, (7) Nutritional Issues in Cancer, (8) Women’s Health Issues in Cancer Specifically Sexuality, Intimacy, and Other Issues, and (9) Abstract Writing, Submission and Presentation Skills. All webinars are in English.

Based on this assessment, the KDD Committee identified a significant gap in educational resources in a high priority area – palliative care and symptom management. The committee decided to create a web-based resource for our members that will include educational materials for nurses as well as patients and families. Resources/information will be shared on the website in ISNCC Resources. ISNCC Insight. The Committee agreed to concentrate on pain and nausea/vomiting as the first topics, as these are prevalent and troublesome symptoms regardless of type of cancer or setting. There are ample resources available for both patients and nurses related to these symptoms and the most efficient strategy is to easily link oncology nurses around the world to these educational materials. Committee members have now identified a “first wave” of candidate resources for the members to review. Criteria for inclusion include the following.

  • Are the materials from a credible source?
  • Are the materials relevant and helpful to ISNCC members?
  • Are the materials no more than 5 years old?

We have developed an annotation template and are recruiting volunteers from member organizations to review and annotate materials in specific languages that may not be represented by our KDD Committee members. We will be evaluating the numbers of individuals who access these resource summaries once they are made available.  If you have a potential patient or nurse educational resource related to pain or nausea/vomiting that you would like us to include, please send it to ISNCC Head Office (info@isncc.org). Stay tuned for an announcement of the availability of this new resource in 2016.

Board in Action: Policy and Advocacy Committee

June 10th, 2015 in Board in Action

by Yael Ben Gal, Schneider Children’s Medical Center, Petach Tikvah, Israel. ISNCC Policy and Advocacy Committee Chair.

Writing my first blog as the chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee, I cannot ignore ongoing changes of the society, politics, economics, environment and health. These changes challenge oncology nurses to involve in cancer control in their daily work.

I would like to share with you about my personal story that happened in my workplace when I was a pediatric oncology palliative nurse there. Ron, a 3-year-old boy, was diagnosed with metastatic brain tumor. He was admitted to my hospital and no curative treatment was offered to him due to terminal stage of his disease. After the doctor broke the bad news to Ron’s family, I talked to his family about an alternative approach of treatment — palliative care — which is different from curative approach. Ron’s family was informed Ron is still moving towards end-of-life, but we’d work hand-in-hand together.  We started to create another reality that gives the meaning of life to Ron and his family. During the last 6 months of Ron’s life, he received palliative care which aimed to provide him with comfort and to help him find possible solutions for improving his nutritional status and symptom control (pain, sleep disturbance, fatigue and emotional distress).

From my personal story, I noticed a question nurses or other health professionals commonly ask when they encounter similar situations is about policy. I see my role of being an oncology nurse as important, as I am not only delivering day-to-day care, but also advocating for policy in my oncology nursing organization in Israel.

The Policy and Advocacy Committee is a new committee of ISNCC which aims to educate oncology nurses about health policy and cancer control, how to influence these policies, and how to advocate for change in their country.  The two areas —policy and advocacy — are vital and influential for the promotion of issues related to cancer control and the role of the oncology nurse.

The committee started from a small group and then expanded to a total of fourteen members, who are all an excellent nurse from all over the world.  Brenda Nevidjon (USA), Greta Cummings (Canada), Jane Marsh (Australia), Rebecca Doherty (Switzerland), Stella Bialous (USA), Margaret Fitch (USA), Georgie Cusack (USA), Cathy Glennon (USA),Anne-MarieDewar (AUSTRALIA), Jane Phillips (Australia), Eva Gallagher(USA), Farhan Abdul Rauf (Afghanistan), and Virginia LeBaron (USA).

You can click here to learn more about us.

We asked ourselves three questions to kick off:

  1. What is the role of cancer nurses in cancer control?
  2. What are the main concerns from a nurse’ perspective?
  3. How would ISNCC address these concerns?

We conducted a focus group at ICCN 2014 in Panama to discuss these three key questions focusing on policy and advocacy. We also made use of this platform to work collaboratively with nurse leaders to develop and implement policy for cancer control.

Topics used for discussion were: (1) Palliative Care (2) Pain management (3) Standards of care (4) Chemotherapy services (5) Educational requirement for oncology nurses (6) Timely access to oncology care (7) Access to appropriate drugs for cancer care (8) Work with nurse leaders from both high and low resource countries to identify strategies for policy development and implementation (9) Global cooperation of sharing knowledge and (10) Promotion of cancer prevention programs.

We prioritized palliative and supportive care as the first topic to start with. We are now in the process of developing a position statement on palliative and supportive care.

I and my team believe that our work is only the first step of a long and exciting road but we are going in the right direction.

Board in Action: Member Development Committee

April 28th, 2015 in Board in Action

by Andrew Dimech, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.  ISNCC Member Development Committee Chair, ISNCC Communications Committee Member.

The Member Development Committee has 13 international members and is chaired by Andrew Dimech. Members of the committee are from Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Jordan, The Netherlands, United States of America and the United Kingdom. The function of the committee is to sustain and increase membership of cancer nursing organisations within ISNCC, increase membership of national nursing organisations in low resource countries, to expand Special Interest Groups and to collaborate and effectively communicate with members and oncology nurses throughout the world.

Click here to view the Member Development Committee webpage.

There are various membership options within the ISNCC which provide a range of exciting benefits. The membership categories include:

  • Individual Membership – Individual nurses or other professionals involved or interested in cancer nursing.
  • Association Membership – Oncology institutions, hospitals, charities and related organizations. This network is an invaluable international resource of nurses working in clinical practice, education, research and management to advise them on cancer nursing and the nurse’s role in cancer care.
  • Full Membership – National oncology nursing societies
  • Corporate Membership – Corporate companies working with ISNCC in stimulating and supporting an active and cohesive worldwide oncology nursing community.

There are various exciting benefits dependant on the membership category. A full list of member benefits is available on the website www.isncc.org. The membership benefits include:

  • ISNCC Insight – provides a unique platform for nurses around the world to access educational materials that are directly relevant to nursing practice. These materials are complimentary for ISNCC members.
  • Cancer Nursing Journal – the official journal of ISNCC.  Electronic subscription to Cancer Nursing is offered to ISNCC Individual Members.
  • Sosido – an online platform for healthcare professionals to share published research and clinical knowledge, allowing members within a specialty community to connect and broadcast recent work or advances in their field. Individual Members will have access to the ISNCC Community on Sosido. ISNCC members will have access to the Sosido platform and receive weekly email digests summarizing all activity in the ISNCC community.
  • Business meeting of the Society which is held during the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN)
  • Networking opportunities

Over the coming months the committee is focusing on improving engagement with full and association members. The committee will also be producing a promotional tool kit to showcase the work undertaken by the ISNCC and highlighting member benefits.

The Member Development Committee is also excited to be running the Mentor Program at ICCN 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  The program enables new delegates to be paired with another ISNCC member who will assist in navigating the conference program, identifying key sessions and providing network opportunities. Delegates can opt to be part of the Mentor Program on the online registration form. We look forward to welcoming all to ICCN 2015 and to ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong.

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