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A Nursing First for London

May 12, 2017 | ,

London, Ontario London Health Sciences Centre Nurse Practitioner Adrienne Fulford is the first nurse in London and the South West Local Health Integration Network (South West LHIN) to receive the prestigious de Souza Advance Practice Nurse (APN) Designation. She becomes only the fifth nurse in all of Ontario to receive this honour.

The de Souza Institute is an innovative learning centre dedicated to cancer care excellence and since 2008 has provided ongoing educational support and professional development to approximately 9,000 clinicians. In order to obtain the de Souza APN Designation Adrienne completed extensive course work as well as a 150 hour clinical fellowship.

“Adrienne is a true leader and being the first de Souza APN from the London area is an extraordinary accomplishment. She travelled great distances and committed hundreds of hours to obtain this designation,” said Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director of de Souza Institute. “Her fellowship focused on exploring the treatment decision making process in cancer care, which is often complex and making it better. She brings this profound knowledge and expertise to London Health Sciences Centre to the benefit of patients and staff.”

“The designation from the de Souza Institute offered me the opportunity to combine my two great professional passions – continued learning and making a difference in the lives of patients,” says Adrienne Fulford, Nurse Practitioner, Hematology Oncology, at London Health Sciences Centre. “I am now able to better support our older adult acute leukemia patients and families with information, clarification and guidance through a decision making process that connects the information we provide with their values and expectations.”

The demand for nurses with specialized skills in cancer care is continuing to grow. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer within their lifetime and 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer. The de Souza Institute and London Health Sciences Centre are two outstanding organizations focused on improving the cancer care experience for patients and families by ensuring they have access to quality information and the best cancer care nurses.

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About de Souza Institute

Established in 2008, de Souza Institute, in partnership with University Health Network, Cancer Care Ontario and funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, provides ongoing educational support, professional development and career counseling to nurses caring for cancer patients and families. To learn more about de Souza Institute visit www.desouzainstitute.com

Contact Information:
de Souza Institute
Deyan Kostovski
416-417-8566
deyan.kostovski@desouzainstitute.com

A Nursing First for Kingston

May 8, 2017 | ,

Kingston, OntarioKingston General Hospital Nurse Practitioner Janet Giroux is the first nurse in Kingston and the South East Local Health Integration Network (South East LHIN) to receive the prestigious de Souza Advance Practice Nurse (APN) Designation. She becomes only the fourth nurse in all of Ontario to bestowed this honour.

The de Souza Institute is an innovative learning centre dedicated to cancer care excellence and since 2008 has provided ongoing educational support and professional development to approximately 9,000 clinicians. In order to obtain the de Souza APN Designation Janet completed extensive course work totaling 285 learning hours as well as a 150 hour clinical fellowship.

“Being the first de Souza APN in Kingston and the South East LHIN is a remarkable accomplishment that confirms a passion and drive to achieve the highest level of expertise possible,” said Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director of de Souza Institute. “Janet’s fellowship focused on oncology sexual health; an important quality of life issue faced by many cancer patients which has not been well addressed by the health care system. Janet is leading the way bringing knowledge and expertise to sensitive survivorship issues, to help integrate sexual health care into medical education as well as into routine care.”

“By supporting our staff in their efforts to continually improve their education, we are able to ensure we are always striving to provide the highest quality care to our patients and families,” says Silvie Crawford, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive, Kingston Health Sciences Centre. “We’re so pleased to have such dedicated and talented staff at KHSC and to celebrate Janet’s significant accomplishment, as well as the accomplishments of all of our nurses during National Nursing Week.”

The demand for nurses with specialized skills in cancer care is continuing to grow. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer within their lifetime and 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer. The de Souza Institute and Kingston Health Sciences Centre are two outstanding organizations focused on improving the cancer care experience for patients and families by ensuring they have access to quality information and the best cancer care nurses.

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About de Souza Institute

Established in 2008, de Souza Institute, in partnership with University Health Network, Cancer Care Ontario and funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, provides ongoing educational support, professional development and career counseling to nurses caring for cancer patients and families. To learn more about de Souza Institute visit www.desouzainstitute.com

Contact Information:
de Souza Institute
Deyan Kostovski
416-417-8566
deyan.kostovski@desouzainstitute.com

Return to work made easier for cancer survivors

October 14, 2016 | ,

Website brings together resources for cancer survivors, healthcare providers, and employers to support staying and returning to work

Returning to work after any illness can be a challenge. For cancer survivors, the return to work (RTW) can be especially difficult due to the effects of cancer and its treatment.  Employers may lack understanding of cancer’s impact on work abilities, and how to provide accommodations at the workplace. Healthcare providers also have voiced a need for guidance on assessing readiness to return to work.

Cancer and Work (www.cancerandwork.ca) is a new, interactive website providing resources from across the country to survivors with practical, up-to-date information on returning to work, including support offered by provinces and territories. “Cancer is affecting people in the prime of their careers,” says Dr. Christine Maheu, Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing at McGill and Co-Principal Investigator on the cancer and work website. The website is a collaboration between McGill University, and the BC Cancer Agency, a provincial healthcare provider, in partnership with de Souza Institute.

One-stop shop web site

Cancer and Work offers under one umbrella the knowledge and experience of a far-reaching group of Canadian experts, including health professionals in oncology from vocational rehabilitation counsellors, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, to nurses, psychologists, lawyers, union representatives, insurance representatives, and cancer survivors who have gone through the experience, themselves. “Our website is unique, as we created it with cancer survivors for cancer survivors.” says Maheu.

“Given the increasing number of cancer survivors working, there is a greater need to support patients,” says Maureen Parkinson, Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor at the BC Cancer Agency, co-principal investigator on the Cancer and Work website. Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director of de Souza Institute, an online educational oncology and palliative platform for healthcare providers adds that “the ease of navigation and the intuitive nature of the site will make it easy to maximize the potential of this resource.”

Website debut

Prof. Maheu will launch Cancer and Work on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, (10am-2pm in the Wendy Patrick Room) with an open house at McGill University in the Ingram School of Nursing, along with cancer survivors and other collaborators, including her partners from across the country. Online, representatives of employers and employees also will be ready to speak about the website.

McGill University: https://www.mcgill.ca

BC Cancer Agency: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/our-services/centres-clinics/abbotsford-centre/support-programs

de Souza Institute: https://www.desouzainstitute.com/

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Contact:
Nicole Webb
Cancer and Work Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 293-5857
Email: Nicole.Webb@smu.ca

Dr. Christine Maheu
Tel. : (514) 616-5954
Email : christine.maheu@mcgill.ca

de Souza Institute
Deyan Kostovski
416-417-8566
deyan.kostovski@desouzainstitute.com

Landmark Agreement Standardizes Cancer Care Training

September 27, 2016 | ,

Landmark Agreement Standardizes Cancer Care Training Alberta Health Services Partners with de Souza Institute to Deliver Training Program Standardized cancer care training in Canada is taking a giant step forward with a partnership between Alberta Health Services and de Souza Institute. The multi-year agreement establishes the Oncology Practice Readiness Education Program (O-PREP). This program is … Read more

Bluewater Health RPN Receives de Souza Designation

May 11, 2016 |

SARNIA & PETROLIA – In commemoration of National Nursing Week, Bluewater Health and the de Souza Institute are jointly celebrating the achievement of Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) Sheila Courtney, who recently obtained the de Souza Nurse Associate Designation – the first in Sarnia-Lambton and one of approximately 25 in Ontario to do so. The de … Read more

RVH Cancer Program Nurses Earn Prestigious Designation

May 10, 2016 |

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program (SMRCP) and the de Souza Institute recognized two oncology nurses for excellence in cancer care during Nursing Week (May 9 – 15). Christine Hipgrave and Amanda MacDonald are the first two nurses in the region of Simcoe Muskoka to receive the prestigious de … Read more