Enhance the nursing sector with skills in clinical Psycho-Oncology
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Taking into account the epidemiological statistics on cancer diseases, it can be assumed that the demand for well-trained specialists will increase significantly in the future. In the European Union, healthcare professionals involved in the care of cancer patients represent a wide range of professions and specialties, such as: doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other qualified healthcare professionals. Requirements for each of these groups, including nurses, are steadily increasing. Currently, they are licensed independent practitioners, who have been educated at the undergraduate or graduate level (EQF 6 & 7).
The PsychONskills project aims to bridge the gap between the traditional educational approach to nursing of an oncology specialty and the current digital skills requirements through ICT education and training, and to modernize the services provided by designing a new, market-oriented curriculum offering training on soft competences and psychological skills needed to work with a group of cancer patients and their families. Horizontal skills and key competences, such as interpersonal communication, play an important role in the treatment of cancer patients.
Objectives of the project
Provision of the modernized set of ICT competences and digital skills that are needed to meet the increased demand for highly qualified healthcare professionals.
- Strengthening the soft skills of cancer care workers, improving their communication skills and psychological care for patients.
- Definition of the occupational profile of nurses to facilitate the transition from the provision of unregistered nursing services to the formal system.
- Increase employability and restrain undeclared work through officially recognized training.