Placement Learning in Cancer & Palliative Care Nursing

A guide for students in practice

Series Editor:

  • Karen Holland, BSc(Hons), MSc, CertEd, SRN , Professorial Fellow, School of Nursing, University of Salford, Salford, UK


  • Penny Howard, BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies, MRes, PGCert Cancer Nursing, PGCHE, RN, Lecturer, Division of Nursing, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  • Becky Whittaker (nee Chady), MA, BA(Hons), RN, PGCFE, Lecturer, Palliative Care and End of Life Care, University of Nottingham, Division of Nursing, Nottingham, UK Surname of the book is still Chady

Are you unsure about your cancer and palliative care placement? Do you need guidance on what to prepare to get the most out of your practice learning? Will you have the range of clinical skills to care for people with cancer? What learning opportunities will there be to meet your competencies? How can you maximise your learning during this placement?

This book will help you with all these concerns. It will advise you on what to expect from the placement, what you can learn, how to link theory and practice, and how to make the most of your learning opportunities and meet your competencies.

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Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-5174-6

Table of Contents


Section 1: Preparation for practice placement experience

Chapter 1 Personal and public perceptions of cancer

Chapter 2 What cancer is

Chapter 3 How the cancer situation can be improved

Chapter 4 How cancer is diagnosed and the impact of diagnosis

Chapter 5 Principles of palliative care nursing

Chapter 6 Beginning the learning experience

Chapter 7 Placement learning pathways

Section 2: Placement learning opportunities

Chapter 8 The rationale for selecting cancer treatment

Chapter 9 Caring for the patient undergoing surgical cancer treatment

Chapter 10 Caring for the patient undergoing cytotoxic therapy

Chapter 11 Caring for the patient undergoing haemopoietic stem cell transplant

Chapter 12 Caring for the patient undergoing of biological therapy

Chapter 13 Caring for the patient undergoing radiotherapy

Chapter 14 Caring for the patient undergoing endocrine therapy

Chapter 15 Managing symptoms: assess, plan, implement and evaluate

Chapter 16 -Caring for patients at the end of life

Chapter 17 Living with and beyond cancer

Section 3: Consolidating learning: the patient experience

Chapter 18 Introduction to consolidating learning

Chapter 19 Introducing the case study

Chapter 20 Receiving a cancer diagnosis

Chapter 21 Receiving treatment

Chapter 22 Advancing disease

Chapter 23 Last days of life

Chapter 24 Living with and beyond cancer

Chapter 25 Transferable skills for future placements

Appendix: Driscoll's model of reflection