This World Cancer Day, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is launching its Cancer Nursing Discovery Program, supporting registered nurses to become specialised cancer nurses.

Candidates will join a passionate team at the world-class teaching hospital, supported by leading Australian cancer nurse educators and expert clinicians.

Nurses recruited to the specialised training program will complete up to three rotations in Peter Mac’s Haematology, Medical Oncology wards and Chemotherapy Day Unit.

Dynamic, clinically-based education will be supported by expert theoretical teaching in the essentials of anti-cancer therapy – chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapies.

Candidates will be equipped to care for people with some of the most complex cancers, strengthening acute care, communication, and patient-centred care skills that are transferable across a wide range of settings. There will be opportunity for ongoing employment upon completion of the 12-18 month program.

Associate Director of Nursing (Haematology & Medical Oncology) Yvonne Panek-Hudson said the rotational training program was an exciting opportunity for nurses who wanted to discover more about cancer nursing and advance their careers.

“Cancer nursing is a rewarding career that can take you in many directions. The opportunity for knowledge and clinical development is endless and can be applied in acute care, survivorship care and palliative care”

”Working closely with patients, their carers, and other health care providers to improve the patient’s experience is at the core of cancer nursing.”

Director of Peter Mac’s Academic Nursing Unit Professor Mei Krishnasamy said a bespoke program of training had been created for the Cancer Nursing Discovery Program.

“At Peter Mac, our nurses have incomparable opportunity to learn and refine their skills,” she said. “As they advance their knowledge and experience, the door is open to specialist roles across clinical, educational, managerial, and research specialties”.

Peter Mac is Australia’s only public health service dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer.

A virtual Cancer Nursing Discovery Program information session will be held on Thursday 17 February from 6.00pm to 6.45pm, register here. 

Apply for the Cancer Nursing Discovery Program.