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National Organization Guidance Document

Why is a National Society Needed?

Cancer Nurses need to have their own national organization to speak for them and to raise cancer nursing related issues at the national level. The national organization would represent cancer nurses within a country to inform practice, develop networks and share experiences. Countries with limited resources may face particular challenges when attempting to establish a national organization. Resources can be limited and there may be poorly developed technical infrastructure. The imperative to establish national cancer nursing societies in countries with limited resources is gathering pace as the incidence of cancer rises. These societies will be pivotal in the efforts to prevent, control and treat cancer.

Functions and Benefits of a National Organization

The functions and benefits of a national organization may include:

  • Provide leadership and a national voice for Cancer nurses
  • Development and dissemination of standards, training and education
  • Support each other and share experiences through opportunities for networking
  • Initiate research that will lead to the enhancement of care for people with cancer
  • Enable concerns from local forums to feed into national policy and practice
  • Collaborate with other societies involved in the care of the person with cancer
  • Promote nurses contributions to national cancer control activities (preventing new cancers, improving survival, alleviating human suffering)

Download the complete ISNCC Guidance Document on How to Establish a National Cancer Nursing Organization.