EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework 2018

ECND2018 sees the launch of the new EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework 2018.

Download the EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework 2018


The extensive developments within cancer care, the expanding roles of cancer nurses and changes in educational structures were the main driving forces behind the decision to revise, update and rename the former highly-regarded EONS Post-basic Curriculum in Cancer Nursing. 

In addition to being an essential educational tool, the Framework is an important part of the Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN) project, one of whose aims is to promote cancer nursing as a specialty across Europe, based on a mutually agreed education framework.

Introducing the new Framework, EONS President Lena Sharp who led the revision project said: “This cancer nursing education document has proven to be very useful in many countries, with the previous version becoming the most downloaded document in EONS’ history. It has been used for a great many purposes, for example as a reference to advocate for more hours of training on certain topics, to promote development of new national cancer nursing programmes and career possibilities, to support continuing education programmes and as guidance for other educational events.”

The content section of each module has a guide to all the key concepts that need to be addressed to enable the learner to achieve the desired learning outcomes and practice competencies. Each one seeks to address a variety of cognitive levels to encourage more complex learning rather than just the demonstration of knowledge and comprehension. 

To identify the workload associated with each module, the Framework uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). A total of 60 ECTS credits are allocated to the learning outcomes and associated workload of a full-time academic year. Each ECTS credit corresponds to a norm of 30 hours of total learner effort. The number of ECTS credits assigned to each module ranges from six to nine.

EONS members are advised to adapt the Framework to meet their specific professional needs within their country and suggestions on how to develop learning outcomes and how to link these to clinical competencies are provided.

The latest revision was initiated and led by members of the EONS Education Working Group but also involved representatives from all EONS working groups, EONS’ member organisations and European National Cancer Nursing Societies and other experts. For an overview of the developmental process see Harald Titzer’s article in the EONS Magazine.

The Framework will be available to download on this page on 18 May 2018. 

A PDF version of the Framework will also be available at www.cancernurse.eu/education

After 18 May, paper copies can be requested from the EONS Secretariat: eons.secretariat@cancernurse.eu


Please acknowledge the EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework 2018 when using the document.