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.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) – September/October 2017 Update

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) remains very active leading a number of exciting initiatives.

ISNCC Board of Directors will be soon be announcing that it is seeking nominations to the Board of Directors. This announcement is likely to be released in November with a nomination deadline of late January, so please ensure you are subscribed to the ISNCC mailing list in order to receive this announcement. The following Board portfolio positions will be open for nomination and election:

The 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing was recently held in July in Anaheim, California, USA. The theme was "Merging Research and Practice Across the Globe" and the Conference Management Committee assembled a very high quality program. There were many outstanding presentations, such as the keynote address, "What Can Qualitative Research Offer in a World Where Evidence Drives Decision?" from Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS from the University of British Columbia. It was an intimate meeting – perfect for networking and discussions about different ways to maximize the role of nurses in cancer care.  The post-conference evaluation report can be found at the ISNCC website.

The ISNCC Conference Management Committee is already hard at work planning the program for ICCN 2018, which will be held September 23-26 in Auckland, New Zealand. Please check the ISNCC website, Facebook and Twitter regularly for updates on ICCN 2018, such as abstract submission and registration.

ISNCC is currently managing a portfolio of international collaborative nursing capacity building projects. These projects are led by the local nurses in the region in partnership with ISNCC and other partners. These projects are critical to the vision and mission of ISNCC. Here is the list of active projects:

  • Eastern Europe Nurses' Centre Of Excellence For Tobacco Control (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)
  • Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions (Pfizer)
  • Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening in Latin America (American Cancer Society)
  • Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)

Information on a new international collaborative nurse capacity building project will be available in the coming months.

ISNCC hosts a number of resources on its website that are freely available, such as the educational resources on ISNCC Insight. Similarly, ISNCC produces Position Statements that are free for all to use, endorse, adopt and disseminate as needed. Another important resource on the ISNCC website it the National Organization Guidance Document as it provides guidance for the creation of a national cancer nursing society. This is a particularly important resource for those nurses in countries that do not yet have a national cancer nursing society.

As always, ISNCC encourages submissions to its blog International Cancer Nursing News. The blog is a great platform to share experience and insights of cancer nursing professionals from all over the world. Finally, please make sure you are signed up for the ISNCC newsflash in order to ensure you are up to date on all the latest news from ISNCC.

See you in September in Auckland for ICCN 2018!