Continued support as we adjust to the new normal

June 15, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The covid pandemic has changed the landscape of health care delivery as we continued to help with health care needs while keeping our team members and patients safe. We have been inspired by the efforts of those at the front line.

We were grateful for the opportunity to provide virtual support groups to facilitate peer sharing and building resilience among health care providers and to continue to provide virtual groups to patients through CancerChat Canada.

We also have provided three modules to facilitate communication and support for palliative care at no cost.

We are encouraged that in many jurisdictions, hospitals and community agencies are moving towards offering broader clinical services, albeit at times in a different way. We too have prepared our curriculum. We have always welcomed technology in supporting busy front line clinicians. Our online platform is here to continue to support your educational needs. All programs will be proceeding and open for registration.  To support oncology orientation in the virtual environment, our Cancer Care Basics (accredited, all professions), and Foundations in Oncology Nursing Practice courses are available for any individual health care provider, can be started at any time and they can also be offered in customized formats in response to the need of an organization. We also continue to bring online a palliative care curriculum to address all competencies in palliative and end of life care.

We look forward to continuing to support you during this new normal. If you want to discuss a tailored education program or are interested in partnering with us to adapt patient education to an online format, please contact us.


Mary Jane Esplen's Signature
Mary Jane Esplen, PhD, RN
Executive Director, de Souza Institute

National Nursing Week 2020

May 11, 2020

Nursing Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate and recognize all the extraordinary work nurses do. Perhaps more than any other time the whole population has seen directly the heroic way nurses have stepped forward to support and lead public health, guide policies, communicate and provide invaluable physical and supportive care to patients, families and the public, as we deal with the complexities of a pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted nurses’ courage and competencies in managing complex and critical situations.

We recognize the importance of every shift as nurses step forward to support and care for their patients and families. Nurses have been exemplary in their approach to working with highly uncertain and even fearful scenarios, where evidence around an illness continues to emerge. Nurses react quickly, often putting first their patients and families to support health care needs. We celebrate the role of the nurse this week! Thank you so much for all that you do!

Find out more about this year’s National Nursing Week theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health” on the CNA-AIIC website

Mary Jane Esplen's Signature
Mary Jane Esplen, PhD, RN
Executive Director, de Souza Institute

Free eLearning on Communication in Palliative Care

May 8, 2020

May 4-10 is National Hospice Palliative Care Week

The first full week of May marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) reminds us this is a time to celebrate and share achievements of hospice palliative care throughout the nation, but it also provides a platform to look at shortcomings and create bridges for these gaps.

During the COVID19 pandemic, we understand that it can be especially difficult for practitioners working with patients with advanced illness to begin conversations about care. We want to offer you a toolbox of communication strategies to draw from when you can’t find the words to start an important discussion.

Interprofessional Education in Palliative Care (iEPEC) – Communication in Palliative Care introduces you to communication frameworks and tools for exploring issues associated with suffering reported by patients and families, guiding you through specific strategies for speaking with patients and families about diagnosis, prognosis, goals of care, symptoms, and advance care planning.

To help frontline clinicians during this difficult and stressful time, de Souza Institute will be offering select modules from the iEPEC course free to all.

You can access the free iEPEC modules on the de Souza website

Read more about this year’s National Hospice Palliative Care week theme “Busting the Myths” on the CHPCA website

Oncology Nursing Day 2020 Message

April 7, 2020 |

Every year on the first Tuesday in April, we celebrate the work of oncology nurses across the country. Oncology nurses play a pivotal role in the care of individuals and their families living with cancer and have an immense impact on their quality of life throughout the cancer journey. In this unprecedented time of COVID-19 … Read more

COVID-19 Virtual Psychosocial Support Groups

March 24, 2020

Dear colleagues, COVID-19 is a pandemic infectious disease that has created immense distress on the Canadian society. In health care, the number of patients will continue to increase and push the health care system to its limit. Our clinicians, educators, and managers who make up the majority of our learners are at the centre of … Read more

Course Extension Due to COVID-19

March 17, 2020 |

Dear colleagues, Many of our learners are health professionals working at the front line and we express our gratitude for your dedication in providing care for patients and families. We are fully in support of this tremendous effort and will stand with you in this trying time. In light of the challenge to control the … Read more