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17 Mar 2017

Information about the online course: Introduction to haemato-oncology nursing.

About the Course

This is a free online course, provided by Bloodwise and accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), introducing you to basic haemato-oncology and guidelines for nursing practice. This course will be appropriate for you if you are a junior ward nurse, or a new starter working on a haematology ward. Completing this course will help you to improve your knowledge, and support your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and revalidation.

Due to the changing nature of blood cancer treatments today, most patients are now treated in ambulatory care settings; meaning that those who are treated as inpatients are often much sicker and require much more intensive nursing care and support. For this reason, we want to provide you with a practical guide for what to look out for and what action to take if you see any problems, alongside some helpful tips, that will help you feel more confident in supporting patients. It will also equip you to work better to assist the multidisciplinary team- ultimately to improve the quality of care that these patients receive. The course also provides the opportunity for individual learning and formal assessment, alongside group discussion with others going through the course. By doing this we hope to facilitate a sense of shared learning and communication between different hospitals across the UK and work together to improve patient care.


A basic understanding of nursing is required to get the most out of this course. You must complete a series of assessment questions throughout the course to receive your CPD points.

RCN Principles of Nursing Practice

The eight RCN Principles of Nursing Practice can be applied to this learning resource. The principles that feature most predominantly are:

  • Principle A – providing holistic care in a way that respects all people equally.
  • Principle C – manage risk and safety for people who are receiving care in healthcare settings.
  • Principle F - having up-to-date knowledge and skills.
  • Principle G - working with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure care is coordinated and of a high standard.
  • Principle H – reflections in learning and making changes/improvements to clinical practice.

These principles provide a useful framework for writing a reflective record of your learning. You may also think of ways you can draw on the remaining principles based on your own clinical experience and observations. 


This online resource was produced by the Bloodwise Patient Experience team. 

Subject matter expertise was provided by:

  • Nijole Gimberiene, CNS Bone Marrow Transplant, Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • Aisling McCarthy, Clinical Educator for Oncology, St Barts Hospital
  • Susan Neeson, Research Nurse, Christie Hospital
  • Claire Barton, CNS Lymphoma, University College London Hospital
  • Gill Brisley, CNS Haematology, Hammersmith Hospital
  • Sharon Jackson, Transfusion Practitioner, Christie Hospital


Gilead and Pfizer have generously contributed to the build of this haemato-oncology eLearning course, but have in no way influenced to the content of the resource. Read more about how Bloodwise works with pharmaceutical companies here.


All of the content in this course is based on current best practice, using reputable sources and consultation with clinical experts in this area. However, some areas of practice differ between trusts and it is important you have a clear understanding of your specific hospital policy where necessary. This course is not intended to replace any formal on-the-job training or competency assessment in haemato- oncology. If there is an uncertainty about the information provided, you should discuss with your line manager and/or clinical educator.

The RCN cannot confirm competence of any practitioner completing this course.

No online resource can cover all variations required for specific patient circumstances. It is the responsibility of the health care practitioners using this advice to adapt it for safe use within their institutions and for the individual needs of patients.  In no event will Bloodwise be liable for any costs incurred, loss of profit or any other commercial damages, indirect or consequential, resulting from the implementation of any policies outlined in this course.

Every effort is made to keep the learning site up and running smoothly. However, Bloodwise takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the site being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Development/Review Dates

Published: March 2017
Review Due: August 2020

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