Through de Souza Institute, health care professionals obtain the specialized skills to guide and help cancer patients throughout their journey (prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliation). de Souza Institute courses are offered primarily online with the occasional course through Ontario Telemedicine Network or in-person.
The Institute is focused on creating de Souza health care professionals with the advanced knowledge and expertise to handle every situation from managing a reaction to chemotherapy medication, to managing anxiety and fears, or to managing pain and other symptoms.
de Souza Designations in Nursing
The de Souza Designation is the latest standard in cancer care nursing excellence. Nurses with the de Souza Designation are recognized by employers, patients and families, policymakers and the public as well-regarded health care professionals possessing strong communication and leadership skills. They are also known as lifelong learners providing nursing excellence in psychosocial care.
The Designations are:
de Souza Intern, for undergraduate nursing students with an interest in oncology or hospice palliative care
de Souza Nurse Associate, for Registered Nurses or Registered Practical Nurses who are not specialized in oncology
de Souza Nurse, for Registered Nurses who are certified in oncology, hospice palliative care, or pediatric oncology
de Souza APN, for RNs, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Educators who have a Master's degree and certification in oncology, hospice palliative care or pediatric oncology
de Souza Scholar, for nurses who are pursuing a PhD or Post-Doctorate, in an oncology or hospice palliative care related field
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Each of the de Souza Designations requires a minimum of 4.0 course credits with at least one course completion from each of the following four domains:
- Treatment & Delivery of Evidence Based Care
- Therapeutic & Supportive Relationships
- Developing Professional Practice and Leadership
- Patient Teaching & Coaching
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