Original Article: PDF OnlyPsychological support role of night nursing staff on an acute care oncology unit A Canadian pilot studyHanson, Elizabeth J. B.A. (Hons) Nsg., Ph.D., R.G.N., R.N.; McClement, Susan B.SC.N., M.N., Ph.(C).; Kristjanson, Linda J. R.N., M.N., Ph.D.Author Information Elizabeth J. Hanson is an Assistant Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Susan McClement is a Lecturer in Nursing, Health Sciences Centre, Collaborative Nursing Program, The University of Manitoba, School of Nursing, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Linda J. Kristjanson is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Cancer Nursing: June 1995 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 237-249 Buy Abstract Observational field techniques were used to explore the dimensions of psychological support provided by experienced night nursing staff on an acute oncology unit in a Canadian tertiary care setting. This study confirms the findings of an earlier British pilot study surrounding the essential role that nurses play in meeting the psychosocial needs of cancer patients during the night shift on oncology wards. Categories included comfort care, monitoring, facilitating patient control, responding to the family, collegial support, and contextual factors. The findings confirm the need to raise the awareness of other health care professionals regarding the psychological support role night nurses undertake. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.