Telephone helpline supports patients with prostate cancer
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Telephone helpline supports patients with prostate cancer

Teresa Lynch Specialist nurse, The Prostate Cancer Charity, London

Teresa Lynch outlines the role of specialist nurses responding to callers asking for information about testing, treatment and side effects

Nurses considering working for charities may not be aware of how they can use skills they have gained in the clinical area. This article aims to explain how those who are at an advanced stage in their careers can further develop their skills in the voluntary sector as specialist nurses. They can also maintain effective partnership between the NHS and the voluntary sector. The ongoing challenge of this role is assisted by continuing professional development and regular clinical supervision. In this way, nurses can maintain their competence and reflection in practice, helping patients and their families come to terms with a diagnosis of prostate cancer and the required management of the disease.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 11, 3,30-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp2012.04.11.3.30.c9037

Correspondence

teresa.lynch@prostate-cancer.org.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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