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Oncology nursing during a pandemic: critical reflections in the context of COVID-19.

Paterson, Catherine; Gobel, Barbara; Gosselin, Tracy; Haylock, Pamela J.; Papadopoulou, Constantina; Slusser, Kim; Rodriguez, Anna; Pituskin, Edith


Catherine Paterson

Barbara Gobel

Tracy Gosselin

Pamela J. Haylock

Constantina Papadopoulou

Kim Slusser

Anna Rodriguez

Edith Pituskin


Objectives: To provide a critical reflection of COVID-19 in the context of oncology nursing and provide recommendations for caring for people affected by cancer during this pandemic. Data sources: Electronic databases, including CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsychINFO, Scopus, professional web sites, and grey literature were searched using Google Scholar. Conclusion: Nurses are key stakeholders in developing and implementing policies regarding standards of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic poses several challenges for oncology services. Oncology nurses are providing a pivotal role in the care and management of the novel COVID-19 in the year landmarked as the International Year of the Nurse. Implications for Nursing Practice: It is too early to tell what shape this pandemic will take and its impact on oncology care. However, several important clinical considerations have been discussed to inform oncology nursing care and practice.


PATERSON, C., GOBEL, B., GOSSELIN, T., HAYLOCK, P.J., PAPADOPOULOU, C., SLUSSER, K., RODRIGUEZ, A. and PITUSKIN, E. 2020. Oncology nursing during a pandemic: critical reflections in the context of COVID-19. Seminars in oncology nursing [online], 36(3), article ID 151028. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 14, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 23, 2020
Publication Date Jun 30, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 24, 2021
Journal Seminars in oncology nursing
Print ISSN 0749-2081
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 3
Article Number 151028
Keywords Oncology nursing; COVID-19; Coronavirus; Workforce; Supportive care; Pandemic
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