Approximately 80% of children with cancer live in low and mid-income countries, where survival rates are as low as 20%. These dismal outcomes are in sharp contrast with the remarkable improvements in survival noted in children who live in high-income countries. Nurses are crucial to the provision of quality pediatric oncology care, yet many nurses worldwide lack the essential education, support, and resources needed to reach their potential.
In response, baseline global standards for pediatric oncology nursing were published in 2014. The standards outline essential components of a quality nursing program, including safe staffing levels, formalized orientation and ongoing education, acknowledgment of nurses as core team members, available resources for safe care, and policies to drive evidence-based care.