Become a McGrath Breast Care Nurse
McGrath Breast Care Nurses are registered nurses who are specially trained to manage the care of people with breast cancer throughout the course of their treatment. A McGrath Breast Care Nurse usually has a background in oncology, breast care or women’s health.
If you’re interested in becoming a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, you will require relevant postgraduate qualifications in breast care nursing or cancer nursing. In addition, all McGrath Breast Care Nurses have a genuine desire to make a difference and support families undergoing a breast cancer treatment by providing them with physical, psychological and emotional support.
Why I became a McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Sam Moules – Metastatic McGrath Breast Care Nurse since 2016
“Trying to help people with cancer is the most satisfying thing. I get touched by it every day. Once a patient is told that their breast cancer has spread, it’s ‘oh my god, I’m going to die.’ They have to go through the grief, the loss of control to come to a stage where they learn to accept that metastatic breast cancer is now a part of me, a part of the rest of my life. We’re there to keep them disease-free or disease-stable for as long as possible. Trust in any relationship, you have to build over time and it’s the little things that I probably do that go a long way for them.”
To become a breast care nurse you need to...
Be a registered nurse
Have five years post-registration experience
in either surgical or medical oncology
Have three years experience as a breast care nurse
or related discipline
Have post graduate qualifications
in breast care nursing or cancer nursing
The McGrath Foundation provides funding to medical centres in communities right across Australia to employ McGrath Breast Care Nurses.
The BCI/ McGrath Breast Care Nurse is a registered nurse who applies advanced knowledge of the health needs, preferences and circumstances of all patients with breast cancer to optimise the individual’s health and well-being at various phases across the continuum of care, including screening, 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 the BCI Breast Care Nurse practice incorporates advanced knowledge and skills in supportive care, including providing specialised and tailored information and education, psychological support, and clinical care.