A Vanguard Approach to the Design and Delivery of Nurse-Led Survivorship Care.

Survivorship care is an essential component of quality cancer care. Although nurses are uniquely positioned to deliver effective and efficient nurse-led survivorship care, they report that their experiences of survivorship care provision are fragmented, under-resourced, and often distressing for the patient.

Here we report the culmination of a 4-year program of research and more than a decade of nurse-led work, to improve the survivorship care experience for men with prostate cancer comprising of: (1) the evolution of a national specialist prostate cancer nursing service; (2) a nursing Delphi study to determine prostate cancer survivorship care experiences and priorities; (3) the development of the Prostate Cancer Survivorship Essentials Framework, which provides a road map for improving quality prostate cancer survivorship care across a variety of settings; and (4) the translation of the framework into nursing practice through the development of My Personal Plan, a person-centered, evidence-informed survivorship care plan.

Through the leadership of a national prostate cancer specialist nursing service, the provision of a coordinated, evidence-informed person-centered survivorship care service is now achievable. This program of work has demonstrated that irrespective of the setting or mode of delivery, specialist nurses involved in the care of men with prostate cancer and their families are leading best practice through the translation of evidence into everyday clinical practice.

There is an urgent need to address the significant challenges that a prostate cancer diagnosis can bring, and nurses are at the forefront and lead survivorship care delivery, which includes: (1) routine distress screening and referral to tailored evidence-based psychological care; (2) the provision of person-centered care that connects to effective symptom management; (3) self-management support; and (4) signposting to additional services which extend beyond the acute care setting.

Seminars in oncology nursing. 2022 Nov 18 [Epub ahead of print]

Sally A M Sara, Suzanne K Chambers, Russell Briggs, Nicole Heneka, Jeff Dunn

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia; Faculty of Health, University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia; Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Electronic address: ., Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia; Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia., Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia; Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia., Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Sydney, NSW, Australia; Faculty of Health, University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia; Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

email news signup