The Israeli Nursing Oncology Society Celebrates its 30 years establishment

December 8th, 2016 in ICNN Articles

Authors: Dr. Ilana Kadmon and Yael Ben–Gal RN, MSN

Affiliation: Hadassah and the Hebrew University School of Nursing Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel and Schneider Children Hospital, Israel

As a Board memeber of the Israeli Nursing Oncology Society,whom this year join  ISNCC I wanted to share with you the celebrations of its 30 years establishment.

During July the Israeli Oncology Nursing society celebrated 30 years! In the traditional annual conference which is held every summer, this was a special conference for all the members of our society, marking the 30 years of our society establishment. This conference was a very meaningful event, which was different from any of the other annual conferences, which were based on presentations of selected papers. This time the program was indeed other than these traditional meetings. At the beginning we had the usual opening of our Chair, Livia Kislev and from the Head of the Israeli Cancer Association, Mrs. Miri Ziv. We also showed a video clips from the Chair of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Chair of EONS – Prof. Danny Kelly. Then two other greeting messages were read from our partner organizations – International Society of Nursing in Cancer Care and the Asian Oncology Nursing Society.

The scientific part of the conference Started with a clinical panel entitled “On nursing, society ethics and medicine”. Three case studies were presented by professional acters. After each case, there was a panel of expert, which included a nurse, a psycho-oncologist and two medical doctors.

After the discussion, there was a lecture given in the TED format on the issue of mass communication. This meant an expert giving a frontal lecture with no slides or any written material and only presenting it orally. This lecturer was awarded to give such a frontal talk about inventions he was involved with, by the TED organization worldwide. He discussed all what this meant for him and how he achieved this unbelievable goal, which he also wrote a book about. This lecture was then followed by expert nurses from our organization who gave such a TED talk on their own expertise. The first lecture focused on the treatment of colleagues with cancer, the second on the role of positive emotions in children with cancer, the third on immunotherapy and the last lecture on the influence of “oncology nurse” within ourselves on other aspects of our lives.

After that, there was another panel of experts called: “What the future holds?” The panel focused on health trends in the world and in Israel, New trends in oncology and finally trends in palliative care. The panel included four lectures followed by a multidisciplinary discussion.

During the congress there was another panel: “Nostalgia and humor in Oncology Nursing” of “senior” oncology nurses, who discussed their previous experience with cancer nursing.

There was also a short dance by nurses from the society and also a short song nurses. The end was the traditional price winning of 4 nurses who contributed to the organization.

This conference well marked the 30 years of the establishment of our society and we thank all the other societies with whom we are closely linked with, such as ISNCC, and of course all the presenters!!!








November 24th, 2016 in Conference Features


作者:张京慧    单位:中南大学湘雅医院呼吸内科

法国时间10月31日至11月3日,由国际抗癌联盟(Union for International Cancer Control,UICC)主办,法国抗癌协会承办的2016年世界抗癌大会(World Cancer Congress,WCC)在法国巴黎举行。全球100多个国家的3000多名代表参加大会,法国总统奥朗德出席开幕式。我作为中国代表团唯一护士代表参加了此次会议,并作学术交流。




本届会议围绕主题“引领行动,激发变革(Mobilising Action, Inspring Change)”,通过主题发言、专题报告、电子壁报交流、圆桌讨论、现场辩论等形式对癌症的预防、筛查、诊断、治疗、康复及姑息照护、癌症防控等议题进行了探讨与交流。中国代表团共有60多人出席,其中,我作为中国代表团唯一的护士代表,在“改善患者及家属体验(Improving patient and family experiences)”专场和国外学者进行了电子壁报交流,并与参会代表进行了学术探讨,我的论文《Femorally Inserted Central Venous Catheter in patients with Superior Vena Cava Obstruction: choice of the optimal exit site》得到与会代表的高度赞赏,并对中国在呼吸内科科研的前沿性、湘雅护理技术的创新性给予了高度评价。



随着中华护理学会重返国际护士会,护士到国际上进行学术交流的机会也越来越多,在 “培养亮相国际舞台俊才”的指导思想下,医院设立了专门的人才培养经费,鼓励护士走出国门,登上国际舞台,展示中国护理的新技术、新理念和新进展。通过此次学术交流,我也拓宽自己的视野,了解了肿瘤患者护理新知识、新观念、新技术,也了解到国际护理界对肿瘤患者心理干预、姑息照护的重视。


ICCN 2016: Great Partnership with ISNCC

November 10th, 2016 in Conference Features

Authors: Yong-yi Chen, Winnie So

Affiliations: Asian Oncology Nursing Society

The International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016 was held in Hong Kong China from September 4-7, 2016. This is the second ICCN which was held in Asia, since after the ICCN 2008 in Singapore. The conference theme was ‘Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care’. More than 200 Asian delegates actively participated in this conference via oral and poster presentations.

It is a great pleasure for Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) to work hand-in-hand with International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) on advancing knowledge and practice in cancer care via ICCN2016 and pre-conference workshop. An AONS-ISNCC International partner joint session was hosted to discuss the roles and challenges of nursing leadership in multidisciplinary cancer care. Three oncology nursing scholars from three different Asian countries were invited to be plenary speakers. Dr Kyunghee Lim (South Korea) highlighted her presentation on how nursing leadership to effect policy change for cancer care; Dr Meera Achreker (India) stressed the importance of nursing leadership in integrating clinical nurse specialist in cancer care in India; Prof Carman Chan (Hong Kong China) focused her presentation on roles of oncology nurses on leading multidisciplinary cancer and palliative care research. Ms Tomoko Izawa from Japan was also invited to be a speaker of preconference workshop ‘Global issues of survivorship’. She shared her views of cultural issues of survivorship care in Asia.

ISNCC is a wonderful partner to work with as we share same objectives of developing and promoting oncology nursing. As an international organization, ISNCC provides a good platform to oncology nurses worldwide to gather together and share their knowledge and experience so as to provide the best care to cancer patients. We appreciate ISNCC uses mutual recognition and culturally sensitive approaches to work collaboratively with other regional oncology nursing associations. We have a strong desire to continue work closely with ISNCC on various educational and research activities and on communication with each other about strategies to maximize the influence of nursing to reduce the global burden of cancer.


photo-1_aons-international-partner-joint-plenary-sessionAONS International Partner Joint Plenary session (from left to right): three plenary speakers Kyunghee Lim, Meera Achreker, Carmen Chan, and the moderator Kueiru Chou


photo-2_aons-executive-board AONS Executive Board (from left to right): Xu Bo, Kazuko Onishi, Meera Achreker, Myungsun Yi, Winnie So, Judi Johnson (Advisor), Kueiru Chou. Kyunghee Lim and Yongyi Chen


photo-3_aons-apjon-booth AONS and Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (APJON) booth


photo-4_photo-with-stella-patsyFrom left to right: Myungsun Yi (AONS Past President), Stella Bialous (ISNCC President), Kazuko Onishi (AONS Treasurer), Patsy Yates (ISNCC President-Elect), Winnie So (AONS President)

Leadership and Palliative Care in Asia

October 27th, 2016 in Conference Features

Author: Ayda Nambayan

Affiliation: Training Consultant, The Ruth Foundation, Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines 


Before the International Conference on Cancer Nursing, I had the privilege to participate in the 1st Asian Leadership Conference of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) held in Hong Kong, China on September 3, 2016. Twenty seasoned ELNEC trainers from 6 countries participated (Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, US and Philippines) in this 1-day workshop. It was an awesome meeting – learning new leadership skills and validating old ones, plus sharing successes and lessons learned in years of providing ELNEC education in their respective countries. In many ways, ELNEC courses had been transformed to fit the needs within the country – translated into local languages and content adapted to concur with the culture and beliefs – all of them making ELNEC a usable tool to educate nurses and other health care providers in palliative care. The work that has been done was phenomenal and in my mind, Asia should have one of the best standards in palliative care nursing practice. Unfortunately, this was not so.

In reality, in this densely populated region of the world, many patients died without the benefit of palliative and end-of-life care. Only 3 Asian countries (Japan, Singapore, Korea) and two Special Administrative RegionofChina(HongKong SAR and TaiwanSAR) had palliative care largely integrated into mainstream health care system. Mainland China, Malaysia and Mongolia had started integration of palliative care while the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and India had isolated or patchy palliative care services. And then, there are the countries with no known palliative care activities like Afghanistan, Bhutan, North Korea, Laos, and many of the Pacific Island nations (Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, International Observatory on End of Life Care, 2011). It is interesting to note that most of the nurse leaders presented in this meeting are from the countries with the most development. Did this imply that these nurses were the ones who forged their governments to create provisions so that palliative and end-of-life care coulebecome  a major part of their health care system? Or, was it because that these nurses worked so tirelessly to advocate for palliative and end-of-life care, training their own nursesone group at a timeuntil they made a difference in many lives and got heard by the powers-to-be?  It really does not matter,the important thing was  that these nurses led a significant change not only in their health care systems but also in many lives of dying patients and their families. I was  humbled by the accomplishments of these nurses and yet, they were here in this meeting, looking for ways to work together and share resources in order to further advance the care of the dying and their families.

By the time we all parted ways, these pioneering nurses agreed to work together so that palliative care would be an Asian tradition and not just an experience. What an awesome group!

For more information about the ELNEC training and resources, or if you would like to connect with this group, please contact Pamela Malloy, RN, MN, FPCN, Coordinator and Co-Project Director, ELNEC,



A Reflection of What I learnt During ICCN 2016

October 13th, 2016 in Conference Features

Author: Fauzia Pesnani

Affiliation: Head of Oncology Nursing at Dr Ziauddin Cancer Hospital Karachi, Pakistan


I had the pleasure of attending wonderful  ICCN 2016, it was a great opportunity I have ever had. Meeting with the Board members, founders and organizers was like a dream come true.  Thank ICCN for providing me with this life-time opportunity.

It was a great learning in a very friendly environment. I interacted with people working in same field. This kind of work that have been done by them is remarkable.

I have attended every session and thoroughly enjoyed each program, from pre- conference workshops to the closing ceremony (Lions Dance performance), including welcome reception (get together evening), all conferences sessions, meeting with BOD, award & scholarship ceremony. I am very impressed with Dr Stella, ISNCC President. She is very down to earth and always has a beautiful smile on face, which make her personality more vibrant.

Dr Linda Krebs possessed  exceptional leadership and made conference worthy 100million dollars. I did not meet any single person who was not happy with the conference arrangements, and everything was perfect and so well organized. The credit goes to Linda and her team.

Mr Andrew Dimech, the leading person of member development portfolio. The way he managed his time and spared his precious time for me, heard me in detail and encouraged and appreciated that I could do much more in my field, was simply Superb.

The experience of attending ICCN has not only expanded my horizon, but also provided me with a chance to make new friends and learn from their best practices. I also explored new country and was amazed to see beautiful university—“Chinese University of Hong Kong”. Many thanks to Dr Winnie SO for organizing the visit and delicious lunch.

It was a great experience to be a research poster judge and give your opinion and judgment about the great work done by young professionals.

ICCN 2016 was a global platform to discuss and learn about cancer prognosis, general issues in cancer care, unmet needs of patients and for improved handling for various types of Cancers. For an oncology nurse, to find the appropriate words to console a person who is suffering the loss of a loved one can be troublesome. And it’s challenging for us to deal with nurse’s role, health promotion, pain management, late effects of cancer treatment and long-term survivorship issues, end-of-life issues, psychological and family issues, nursing-sensitive patient outcomes and much more.


Things which I am going to apply are as follows;

  • To develop a nursing society in my country and under this umbrella will do more organized trainings and developments for our novice nurses.
  • I will give more focus on research work, and then publishing it which is hardly been done by nurses in my country.
  • I will establish patient support group to help patients and family members deal with the physical and emotional suffering caused by the cancer diagnosis and treatment. The less distress patients have, the more energy they can direct toward recovery.


The ICCN was a great opportunity to all participants. I’m looking forward to attending the upcoming conference in 2017.

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