Princess Margaret Cancer Center Nursing Education Study
de Souza Unit Pilot Project
A pilot project is currently taking place to evaluate the impact of a nursing educational intervention in oncology nursing practice, nursing skills and competencies, health services systems performance, and most importantly on patient care outcomes.
This project introduces an intensive educational intervention to nurses in two cancer inpatient units at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. The intervention consists of a standardized comprehensive set of de Souza curriculum tailored to oncology specialized nurses, and on the job training and mentorship for nurses to apply their learned knowledge and skills in practice. Nurses who successfully complete the intervention will receive a de Souza Nurse designation. A subsequent follow up evaluation will be used in December 2011 to assess the impact of having de Souza nurse on the unit, their job satisfaction, quality of care, patient and system outcome over time. Data will include qualitative interviews with managers, nurses, other providers and patients and families. Currently, quantitative measures such as chart audits and patient satisfaction measure are being collected each month. A trend analysis will be conducted to combine the two participating units at the end of the pilot study and plot the outcome measures over time to identify the timing of “distinct change” due to intervention.
The pilot study will extend the knowledge base of nursing-sensitive outcome measures. It will support further rigorous examination on the impact of de Souza initiatives on patient, system and nurse outcomes in varying geographic locations, in specialized cancer centres or cancer care in general hospital settings. The project has received UHN REB approval and the recruitment is targeting a 100% participation rate among nurses on both units. The pilot project was presented to the 2011 Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference.