In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, changes are forthcoming that medical oncologists will be able to order select genetic tests in cancer treatment to direct therapy and contribute to cancer prevention. This change will improve timely access to effective cancer treatment and prevention in Newfoundland and Labrador. In preparation for this change, the multidisciplinary cancer care team will require education on cancer genetics and genomics. Modest research suggests that Canadian nurses have limited competency and comfort levels with genetics and genomics in their practice. Nurses have an important role in the continuity of patient care in cancer treatment pathways. Unprecedented staff shortages and burnout in the nursing profession present challenges to nurses’ participation in continuing education and research activities. This project will address these challenges through partnership building within the cancer care program to engage oncology nurses with genetics and genomics, to prepare them to integrate this knowledge into their practice.
1. To build ongoing clinical-research partnerships with key stakeholders in the cancer care program in collaboration with Dr. Angela Hyde (external collaborator)
2. To identify and mitigate potential barriers for oncology nurses in participating in research and education targeted at improving their genetic and genomic competency
This project will support efforts to ensure the oncology workforce is knowledgeable, prepared to answer questions and provide support regarding the genetic implications of cancer, cancer risk, and targeted cancer therapies. The overarching goal is to ensure that the public benefits from scientific advancements in cancer genetics and genomics, and are supported in their journeys.