In May 2018 World Child Cancer, in partnership with Hospital Regional de Rio Blanco and the State of Veracruz, organised the ‘Nursing Care of the Paediatric Oncology Patient’ conference in Mexico. The event aimed to improve the standards of nursing across the country, bringing together nurses from our programmes in Pachuca, Oaxaca and Veracruz.
As well as providing training for better nursing care, the conference also worked to empower Mexico’s nurses to be actively involved in decision making when planning treatment protocols for children with cancer. Nursing is a vital part of cancer care and this should be recognised and this conference was a great opportunity to display this.
Megan Parry, World Child Cancer’s Programme Coordinator for Mexico, commented;
“It was a privilege to be part of this conference, present and discuss paediatric oncology care, and meet such passionate and kind nurses from all over Mexico. The role of the nurse is definitely changing and I am certain this event empowered the nurses who came to provide the best care they can despite their limited resources.
I hope this conference can become an annual event across all our sites in Mexico as it clearly not only improves knowledge, but is underlined by the importance of supporting nursing resilience, empowerment and value, recognising the impact of these issues on patient outcomes.”