Our Psychosocial Support Advisor Megan Cruise recently trained 70 nurses from across Vietnam on how to practice self-care to help manage the emotional challenges of caring for children with cancer.
Accompanied by a Senior Social Work Practitioner from CLIC Sargent, Megan and her colleague visited Hue Central Hospital (HCH) in Hue, Vietnam for a two-day paediatric oncology conference, during which Megan delivered the self-care training. At the end of the session, she distributed 'breathe stones' to the attendees: these glossy stones with the word 'breathe' on them reminded the staff of the importance of caring for themselves when feeling overwhelmed by their busy jobs.
While HCH does already employ a few social workers to assist patients and their families, the emotional needs of the healthcare staff caring for these patients are often overlooked. In countries like Vietnam, hospitals are often understaffed, creating stressful, emotionally challenging work environments for doctors and nurses. This is particularly true in paediatric cancer wards: the low survival rate of childhood cancer in these countries means that the staff must care for both patients and their grieving relatives. World Child Cancer works to provide psychosocial support and counselling services to healthcare professionals and families alike to help them cope with the challenges of childhood cancer. This helps hospital staff provide compassionate, quality care, and gives parents valuable coping techniques to manage the feelings of grief, helplessness and anger that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.
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