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de Souza Learning Pathways for Nurses New to Oncology

Cancer care has been advancing rapidly and is becoming more complex than before. Patients are living longer due to new treatment modalities. Nurses caring for patients with cancer need specialized knowledge and skills to deliver best care. de Souza Institute has developed a set of online courses specifically designed for nurses new to oncology. These courses are based on the latest provincial and national oncology nursing practice standards, directly linked to clinical practices, and can be integrated into oncology orientation for health care organizations in Canada.

New to Cancer Care – Level 1
Initial 0-4 months of orientation
  • Pathophysiology
  • Main cancer treatment modalities
  • Four most common disease sites (lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer)
  • Assessment and management of symptoms
  • Oncologic emergencies
Up to 6 months of practice in oncology
Cancer disease sites (continued learning from a large selection of cancer disease sites as per clinic/organizational needs) (up to 12.5 learning hours per disease site) – Prerequsite: FOND
Education in palliative care – Palliative care approach in care (EPCA)(18 learning hours)
Note: Your organization should provide a site/department specific orientation: preceptorship/mentorship on skills, process, policies and standard operating procedures.
de Souza Pathway level 1 in Oncology Fundamentals
(minimum of 60 total learning hours)
Continuing in Cancer Care – Level 2
6-9 months of practice
Cancer disease sites (continued learning from a large selection of cancer disease sites as per clinic/organizational needs) (up to 12.5 learning hours per disease site) – Prerequsite: FOND
9-12 months of practice
Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy (PSCB) (35 learning hours) – Prerequsite: FOND
Note:
  1. To achieve “initial competency” in chemo/biotherapy, PSCB must be completed as well as the organization’s specific on-the-job training;
  2. Maintenance of competence requires the completion of an approved maintenance course every 2 years, plus self-reflection and professional development.
de Souza Pathway Level 2 in Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Education
(minimum of 110 total learning hours)
Source: Cancer Care Ontario. Systemic Cancer Treatment Administration: Initial and Continuing Competence Standards for Registered Nurses. 2021
Specialty in Cancer Care – Level 3
1 year and beyond
de Souza Pathway Level 3 in Oncology Nursing
(minimum of 200 total learning hours, covering all 4 domains of competencies*)