de Souza Institute Applauds Outstanding Nurses on Oncology Nursing Day

April 7, 2015 |

Toronto, Ontario – Today, oncology nurses throughout Canada are being recognized for the incredible contributions that they make in the lives of patients and families who are dealing with cancer.  de Souza Institute is an innovative learning centre dedicated to cancer care excellence that since 2008 has provided ongoing educational support and career counseling to more than 6,000 nurses.

“We are proud of all of our nurses and today we are recognizing the tremendous achievements of Pat Cotman on becoming the first de Souza Nurse Designate at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.” said Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Director of de Souza Institute. “Obtaining this level of nursing excellence requires dedication, passion and drive. The community and patients are fortunate to have someone like Pat who is committed to delivering the best possible cancer care.”

In order to achieve the de Souza Nurse Designation, nurses must successfully complete a series of courses and conduct a clinical fellowship.  

“As nurses, we receive ongoing educational support from de Souza Institute to develop our skills and share knowledge while practicing our profession.” said Pat Cotman, Registered Nurse.  “Through these efforts we are constantly improving and discovering novel approaches that enhance the care for our patients.”

The demand for nurses with specialized skills in cancer care is continuing to grow. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer within their lifetime and 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer.

Cancer Centres like Princess Margaret and organizations like de Souza Institute are focused on bettering the cancer care experience for patients and families by ensuring they have access to quality information and the best cancer care nurses.

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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 caring for cancer patients and families.

de Souza Institute is providing cancer care excellence by: delivering innovative continuing education and mentorship programs; helping nurses to achieve national specialty certification; funding graduate scholarships to develop tomorrow’s leaders, and supporting in self-care and career development.

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