A Breast Care Nurse (BCN) is defined by the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre as a “registered nurse who applies advanced knowledge of the health needs, preferences and circumstances of women with breast cancer to optimise the individual’s health and well-being at various phases across the continuum of care, including diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, follow-up and palliative care. This advanced knowledge is based on an in-depth understanding of theory and research relevant to the field of breast cancer nursing. Specifically, BCN practice incorporates advanced knowledge and skills in supportive care, including providing specialized and tailored information and education, psychological support, and clinical care”.
The BCN adapts his/her practice according to the specific and changing needs of individual women, taking into account their multiple health needs, concerns and preferences for care. The BCN facilitates continuity of care between different phases of the cancer journey, care settings, care plans and care providers.
The role of the BCN position is to increase access to care coordination resourses for patients in NSW and to develop a model of care coordination that will influence and impact across all cancer services.