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Author on Call

The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Monday, November 10, 2014

An author from 37:6 highlights her work

Below are comments from an author published in our current issue, 37:6 (Nov/Dec), regarding her work:


Supporting Patients During Their Breast Cancer Journey: The Informational Role of Clinical Nurse Specialists

by Droog, Elsa PhD; Armstrong, Claire PhD; MacCurtain, Sarah PhD


Dr. Droog explains:


It is imperative that the role of the clinical nurse specialist [CNS] in oncology care is recognised and supported to fully address breast cancer patients’ care needs. Patients seek information and emotional support as  coping strategies during their breast cancer journey. Findings from a mixed methods study in Ireland confirm that the CNS’s role description in medical oncology is inadequately defined and thus insufficiently staffed to deliver a satisfactory level of patient support. International readers of CANCER NURSING have an opportunity to protect the vital role of the CNS in oncology care by calling for a clarification of the role and thus a provision of adequate CNS staffing to deliver optimal care for patients with breast cancer.


CANCER NURSING subscribers can read Dr. Droog’s article in full by clicking the link below.  We hope you enjoy our current issue!