GUEST EDITORIAL COVID-19 and cancer nursing: Challenges and opportunities

Reanne Booker

Abstract


The year 2020, designated by the World Health Organization as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, has presented us with challenges that few have encountered in their lifetime thus far. As I write this commentary, we are now in month seven of the pandemic in Canada, with the first presumptive, and later, lab-confirmed, case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our country being reported on January 25, 2020 (The Canadian Press, 2020). Since then, life has changed for all of us in ways that may have previously been unimaginable for many. School closures, shuttering of businesses for months, and the historic closure of the US-Canada border all exemplify the seriousness of this pandemic. 


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