de Souza Institute Celebrates World Cancer Day by Recognizing the Accomplishments of Oncology Nurses

February 4, 2015 |

Toronto, February 4, 2015- de Souza Institute lends its voice to the millions around the world who are observing World Cancer Day and proudly announces that Jana Lee Breton, Registered Nurse (RN) and Lorminia Realeza, RN have successfully completed their de Souza Nurse Associate and Nurse Designation respectively.

The de Souza Nurse represents a new frontier in how patients and their families fight cancer and are a true symbol of World Cancer Day 2015 as they embody the belief that through education and professional development they can be a catalyst for positive change. 

“All health care professionals are challenged to keep pace with new evidence and approaches to treatment.”said Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Director of de Souza Institute. “These recent “de Souza designates” are health care professionals who despite years of experience, recognize the need for ongoing updates and training in order to deliver quality care, and are held in high regard.”  A designation earned through de Souza Institute, is an emblem of oncology nursing excellence, recognized by the community at large.

Jana Lee Breton is the 14th RN to achieve a designation from de Souza Institute.  Currently working at the Juravinski General Hospital and Cancer Centre, Jana Lee specializes in autologous and allogeneic transplants. With over 32 years of experience, Jana Lee exemplifies a passion for her practice and is a wonderful example to her colleagues who aim to follow similar paths in their professional development.

Lorminia Realeza is the 15th RN to achieve a de Souza Designation. Lorminia currently works as a Clinical Quality Care Leader with Trillium Health Partners, and is the very first designate from the Mississauga Hospital site. “Oncology nursing requires continuing education. My fellowship has provided opportunities for me to learn the theoretical and the practical side. I have become a resource for my colleagues in Oral Systemic Therapy”, said Lorminia, “I will continue to encourage my colleagues to pursue their continuing education and maintain communication with the team to be able to provide the best cancer care.”

With over 520 Canadians being diagnosed daily with cancer, the demand for nurses with specialized knowledge in oncology and hospice palliative care continues to increase. de Souza Institute is addressing this challenge and prides itself on begin a Canadian leader in providing effective, accessible and innovative continuing education for nurses and other healthcare professions.


About de Souza Institute

Established in 2008, de Souza Institute in partnership University Health Network, Cancer Care Ontario and funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, provides ongoing educational support, professional development and career counseling to nurses and other health care professionals caring for cancer patients and families.


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