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Oncology Nursing Day 2017 Message

April 4, 2017 |

To be a leader you need to have the courage to take the first step, even when the path ahead isn’t that obvious.

This year’s theme is “The Path to Change: Oncology Nurses Leading the Way” – Oncology nurses are true symbols of dealing with change and being leaders.  A cancer diagnosis not only affects one person but it impacts friends and family.  The work, social and family balance that once existed has now changed dramatically and the path forward can be intimidating, long and uncertain. Oncology nurses provide that needed leadership to guide patients and their support group down the winding path that can occur anywhere along the cancer trajectory, including prevention, detection, treatment, survivorship and palliative care.

However, in order to lead the way you need to have the knowledge and confidence to do it.  Since 2008, the de Souza Institute has been an essential resource to enhancing the knowledge base and boosting the confidence to over 9,000 healthcare practitioners. Our programs have produced excellent leaders and Oncology Nursing Day gives us an opportunity to say just how proud we are of everything that they do.

Once a year we get the honour to applaud, cheer and give thanks to the extraordinary oncology nurses in Canada. With each and every shift they make a difference, they are compassionate, poised and courageous. For them leading by example is automatic.  

It would be worthy for the spotlight to shine on our nurses for more than one day a year, but we all know that they would much rather be providing care to their patients and families than to hear our praise.  That kind of dedication is what makes a leader.

Executive Director, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen

Upcoming Presentation at HPCO 2017 – iEPECO Advancing Palliative Care Through Standardized Online Education

March 20, 2017 |

Compassion lives in Ontario. Join us at HPCO 2017 for Accessing Compassion Hospice Palliative Care and don’t miss the de Souza Institute team at Session 307 – iEPECO: Advancing Palliative Care Through Standardized Online Education. Further information about the session is below:

Session 307: iEPECO Advancing Palliative Care Through Standardized Online Education

Monday April 24, 2017
Time 10:45am – 12:00pm

Dr. Jiahui Wong, PhD, de Souza Institute, University of Health Network, Toronto, ON
Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW, St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto, ON
Dr. Paul Daeninck, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Cancer Care Manitoba, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program, Winnipeg, MA

This workshop describes a new online curriculum on hospice palliative care. The online course, iEPEC-O, is based on the “Education in Palliative and End of Life Care-Oncology” (EPEC -O) curriculum originally developed by a team of clinicians at Northwestern University in partnership with the National Cancer Institute in USA. The curriculum had been updated and adapted for the Canadian landscape by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

This online course is led by three interprofessional EPEC-O educators in Canada. It builds on the original comprehensive curriculum and incorporated recommendations from “The Way Forward” report on person centred approaches. iEPEC-O enhances learning outcomes by leveraging powerful online graphic illustration, interactive activities and audio-visual demonstration of core palliative care competencies.

The workshop presentation will include didactic teaching and interactive activities. We will demonstrate iEPEC-O modules including: evidence based comprehensive symptom assessment and management; a culturally sensitive approach in communication; working with patients and families in setting goals of care; and case illustrations on psychosocial aspects of end of life care. This workshop is suitable for clinicians with intermediate level of knowledge in hospice palliative care. At the end of the workshop, participants will obtain a solid understanding of the online learning process, appreciate learner controlled experience and pace, as well as obtaining clinical tools and decision support that can be immediately applied to day-to-day practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Expand the learner’s knowledge in evidence-based symptom management;
2. Describe holistic person-centred approach in end of life care;
3. Apply principles of interprofessional team based care.

Workshop Stream: Research/ Scientific/Advanced Clinical Practice

Dr. Esplen representing Canada at the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance (G2NA)

January 25, 2017 |

Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director of de Souza Institute is attending the Global Genomics Nursing Alliance in Cambridge, England. The discussion and days that follow surround the topics of the integration of genomics into everyday nursing practice; establishing a Global Genomics Nursing Alliance and its development in nursing and genomic healthcare. For more information, … Read more

Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Course Now Available

December 15, 2016 |

de Souza Institute is proud to announce the Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Oncology (iEPECO) course is now open for enrollment. This course is based on the EPEC™-O Canada curriculum and was developed by a team of interprofessional experts. “iEPEC-O helps to integrate palliative care into your practice as a health care professional, … Read more

de Souza Institute Systems Maintenance on December 29, 2016

December 12, 2016

We will be doing end of year cleanup on all of the de Souza web sites and systems on December 29, 2016. Please expect our sites to be offline and unavailable intermittently starting from 10 AM EST until 5 PM EST on that day. Thank you for your patience and wishing you a great and … Read more