N262 – Oncology Nursing

Prerequisite: N260

Course Description: Oncology Nursing (N262) is one of the major courses in the Adult Health Nursing specialty. This three-unit course focuses on the concepts, principles, and process of care of the adult client with cancer. Emphasis is given on clinical aspects of cancer diagnosis, interventions, and management considering the various levels of care as well as development of standards of care. It consists of theoretical component and clinical practicum.

Course Objectives:

  1. Develop competencies of nurses in specialist/ advanced practice to assume the roles of expert care provider, educator, and researcher in oncology.
  2. Apply selected conceptual/ theoretical nursing models and related biomedical frameworks in understanding the science of oncology and delivering holistic nursing care.
  3. Provide meaningful learning experiences and self-directed study in the light of innovations, research and evidence-based practice and contemporary issues in oncology.


Course Outline:

SECTION I – Introduction to Oncology Nursing

Module 1

1.1 History of cancer

1.2 Oncology nursing as a specialty

1.3 Theoretical models of oncology nursing

SECTION II – Health Promotion, Epidemiology, Screening, and Early Detection

Module 2

2.1 Epidemiology

2.2 Prevention and Health Promotion

2.3 Screening and Early Detection

SECTION IIIA – The Science of Oncology Nursing

Module 3

3.1 Carcinogenesis

3.2 Immunology

3.3 Genetic Risk Factors

3.4 Research protocols and Clinical trials

SECTION IIIB – Specific Cancers

Module 4

4.1 Breast cancer

4.2 Lung cancer

Module 5

5.1 Cancers of the GI Tract

5.2 Cancers of the Reproductive System

5.3 Cancers of the Urinary System

Module 6

6.1 Skin cancer

6.2 Head and Neck cancers

6.3 Cancers of the Neurologic System

6.4 Bone and soft tissue cancers

Module 7

7.1 Leukemia

7.2 Lymphoma and multiple myeloma

7.3 HIV-related cancers

SECTION IV – Cancer Treatment Modalities

Module 8

8.1 Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning

8.2 Surgical Treatment

8.3 Radiation Therapy

Module 9

9.1 Chemotherapy

9.2 Targeted therapies and Biotherapy

9.3 Blood and Marrow Transplant

SECTION V – Palliative Pain and Symptom Management

Module 10

10.1 Supportive Therapies and Procedures

10.2 Pharmacologic Interventions

10.3 Complementary and Integrative Modalities

Module 11

11.1 Alterations in hematologic and immune function

11.2 Alterations in gastrointestinal function

11.3 Alterations in nutritional status

11.4 Alterations in genitourinary function

Module 12

12.1 Alteration in respiratory function

12.2 Alterations in cardiovascular function

Module 13

13.1 Alterations in musculoskeletal, integumentary and neurologic functions

13.2 Comfort

SECTION VI – Psychosocial Oncology

Module 14

14.1 Cultural, Spiritual and Religious Diversity

14.2 Altered body image

14.3 Coping Mechanism and Skills

14.4 Psychosocial Disturbances and Alterations

14.5 Sexuality

14.6 Caregiver Issues

SECTION VII – Oncologic Emergencies

Module 15 – Metabolic Emergencies

Module 16 – Structural Emergencies


Module 17 – Survivorship


Module 18 – Hospice and End-of-Life Care

SECTION X – Nursing Practice and Professionalism

Module 19

19.1 Scope and Standards of Oncology Nursing Practice, Evidence-

Based Practice and Accreditation Standards

19.2 Education process

19.3 Advocacy

19.4 Legal issues

19.5 Ethical Issues

19.6 Professional Issues

Clinical Practicum: 32 hours

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