Placement Learning in Cancer & Palliative Care Nursing

1st Edition

A guide for students in practice


Key Features

  • Takes a logical, step-by-step approach to preparing for learning on a cancer and palliative care placement
  • Provides the principles of care, treatment and management of someone with a cancer diagnosis, linking university-learned theory to clinical practice
  • Gives helpful evidence-based practice examples and resources to support placement learning
  • Identifies clinical skills that underpin care of an individual with cancer
  • Highlights potential learning opportunities and experiences available on a cancer and palliative care placement
  • Explains how to develop your clinical portfolio by completing specific exercises and activities
  • Maps all activities and exercises to the NMC competencies
  • Advises on approaches to a range of situations that may arise as a student nurse
  • Adopts a case-study approach to consolidating learning and to explore the patient pathway from pre-diagnosis, through a range of treatment options to living beyond cancer or end-of-life care.

Series features:

  • A unique guide to getting the most from clinical placements
  • How to prepare for your placement
  • What you can expect to learn during a placement
  • Clear links to, and examples of, achieving NMC competencies
  • Guidance on what to use as evidence for your portfolio
  • Case studies that link theory with practice
  • How to consolidate your experience and learn from the placement
  • Tips, activities, further reading suggestions and useful websites.

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



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Bailièrre Tindall
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About the authors

Penny Howard

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Division of Nursing, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Becky Whittaker (nee Chady)

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, Palliative Care and End of Life Care, University of Nottingham, Division of Nursing, Nottingham, UK Surname of the book is still Chady