Celebrating World Cancer Day 2018

February 2, 2018 |

World Cancer Day is the one day of the year when people from around the globe unite in the fight against cancer. 

There have been great advancements in research and treatment, and we are unquestionably headed in the right direction, but the battle never ends. These very same advancements have made it challenging for healthcare professionals to keep up to date. New findings, treatments and approaches are popping up all the time. Keeping pace with everything can be difficult.

In the theme of #WeCanICan, we can help.

Lifelong learning is an essential quality for healthcare professionals and it is an area where de Souza Institute excels.

de Souza Institute is focused on quality improvement and professional development. We are here to support your efforts in making a difference with your career, your colleagues and your patients.

By working together, we will continue to reach greater heights. The key is to bring someone along for the journey.  What we do and more importantly, what you do makes the difference.

Now ask yourself, what can I do to reduce the burden of cancer? What can I do to make positive change?
Dr. Mary Jane Esplen
Executive Director de Souza Institute

World Cancer Day We Can - Hands raised together

WE CAN, as an institute make a difference by offering courses that are affordable, accessible and current. We are doing everything we can to make it easier for you to do your job safer and with more confidence.


World Cancer Day I Can - A single hand raised

I CAN, as an individual make a difference by enrolling in a course, mentoring a colleague or being a source of inspiration.
“When my clients ask me about certain side effects or treatments I feel I CAN better answer their questions, and then be able to help them more effectively by understanding what is going on and recognize when to get help.”
“I am just starting to work with patients who are having complications related to chemo and radiation. I have learned so much that I CAN teach patients healthy ways to prevent their complications and how to side step the worst of the side effects. It’s very satisfying.”
“I appreciate the added advantage of the on-line system and the fact that I CAN study and participate at my own pace.”

Building A High Quality Oncology Nursing Workforce Through Lifelong Learning: The de Souza Model

January 11, 2018 |

The International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship has published “Building A High Quality Oncology Nursing Workforce Through Lifelong Learning: The de Souza Model“, a paper authored by Esplen, et al.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Along with increased new cases, cancer care has become increasingly complex due to advances in diagnostics and treatments, greater survival, and new models of palliative care. Nurses are a critical resource for cancer patients and their families. Their roles and responsibilities are expanding across the cancer care continuum, calling for specialized training and support. Formal education prepares nurses for entry level of practice, however, it does not provide the specialized competencies required for quality care of cancer patients. There is urgent need to align the educational system to the demands of the health care system, ease transition from formal academic systems to care settings, and to instill a philosophy of lifelong learning. We describe a model of education developed by de Souza Institute in Canada, based on the Novice to Expert specialty training framework, and its success in offering structured oncology continuing education training to nurses, from undergraduate levels to continued career development in the clinical setting. This model may have global relevance, given the challenge in managing the demand for high quality care in all disease areas and in keeping pace with the emerging advances in technologies.

International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Volume 15, Issue 1, 20160079, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI:

Happy New Year’s 2018

January 8, 2018 |

Now beginning our 10th year, de Souza Institute is a well-established leader in providing continuing education resources to health care professionals who support patients and families along the cancer care continuum. In 2017 de Souza Institute achieved a number of accomplishments: New record for number of enrollments, over 3300, representing a 33% increase from 2016 … Read more

Warm Holiday Wishes from de Souza Institute

December 21, 2017 |

As the New Year approaches it gives us a special occasion where we can pause to reflect on the year that was, while at the same time we are given an incredible opportunity to plan ahead and set goals for the New Year. 2018 can signal a fresh start for organizations and individuals. At de … Read more

Recognizing our 2017 de Souza Designates

December 19, 2017 | ,

The year of 2017 has seen some remarkable clinicians being honoured for their hard work, passion and dedication to improving patient care. There are many notable firsts; the first de Souza Designates in Kingston, Guelph and Manitoulin Island, the first de Souza Designate in Mental Health and the first de Souza Designate from the Victorian … Read more