In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!
Breast care nurses specialize in caring for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. They provide holistic nursing care that involves assessing breast cancer risks, providing treatment based on a physician’s directives, and educating patients with regard to symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual support, and end-of-life care.
Registered nurse preparation is required; certification is offered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to provide sensitive care to patients and their families
- Knowledge of resources and agencies for breast cancer patients and survivors
- Knowledge of palliative and end-of-life care
- Knowledge of evidence-based information on breast cancer prevention, care, and management
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS