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Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Jan-Mar;6(1):10-16. doi: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_46_18.

Oncology Nursing in Hong Kong: Milestones over the Past 20 Years.

Mak SS1,2.

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Department of Clinical Oncology, New Territories East Cluster of Hospital Authority, Hong Kong, China.
College of Medical Nursing, Hong Kong Academy of Nursing, Hong Kong, China.


The article reviews the development of oncology nurses' role, training, education, practice, and service provision in Hong Kong, highlighting milestones over the past two decades and providing directions for future training, practice, and research. There was an expansion of the diversity of roles and practice from the 2000s onward, reflecting the importance of contribution by nurses to clinical practice and service for cancer patients. These areas include advanced roles and competence development, advanced training, service delivery model, cross-cluster collaboration, quality improvement initiatives, and new nurse clinic model. Recognizing the challenges and the opportunities, it helps to identify the future work with newer and more advanced practice foci as well as training initiatives in advanced practice being developed to meet the increased needs of increasing service load and populations in need of ongoing access to oncology care. The role and the continuous efforts of the clinical, academic, and professional bodies to meet this goal will be crucial and strategic in the future.


Advanced role; advanced training; development; nursing; nursing practice; nursing role; oncology

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