A Unitary Perspective for Cancer Nursing
|Emiko Endo1*, Mari Takaki2 and Tomoko Miyahara3|
|1Professor, Musashino University, Graduate School in Nursing, Japan|
|2Associate Professor, Musashino University, Graduate School in Nursing, Japan|
|3OCNS, Kanagawa Prefectural Cancer Center, Japan|
|Corresponding Author :||Emiko Endo
Professor, Musashino University
Graduate School in Nursing, Japan
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received November 25, 2013; Accepted February 20, 2014; Published March 10, 2014|
|Citation: Endo E, Takaki M and Miyahara T (2014) A Unitary Perspective for Cancer Nursing. J Nurs Care 3: 144. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000144|
|Copyright: © 2014 Endo, E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Purpose/Objectives: With development of innovative cancer diagnosis/treatment and increased cancer survivorship, the education of Oncology Advanced Practice Nurses (OAPN) is becoming increasingly complex, from the standpoint of both medical and nursing models. The purpose of this educational article is to address this issue and to present the authors’ reflection on the educational practice with OAPN students in a unitary approach based on Margaret Newman’s theory of health as expanding consciousness.
Data sources and data synthesis: The authors’ journals and the students’ descriptions of their practice were used, and the data was synthesized through dialogue among the authors and the OAPN students.
Conclusion and implications for nursing: It is concluded that the unitary approach focuses on identifying the client’s pattern as a pathway to finding meaning in the situation. By incorporating the medical model within a unitary approach, OAPN students gain a renewed professional nursing identity. Knowledge translation: The knowledge gained in the process of pattern recognition will make a significant difference in survivorship care and will contribute to the core of OAPN education.