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Thank you to Canadians everywhere for their support shown to oncology nurses for Oncology Nursing Day 2012. Check back here often for more information on our exciting plans for 2013!

Kim Peel (Vancouver)

Kim Peel, RN L/BMT Program, VGH, Vancouver, BC

As oncology nurses we are asked to play an intimate role in the lives of people who are struggling. These struggles are different for each patient, but the reality remains that most people living with cancer have to open up a part of their lives, which would normally remain private, to complete strangers.

Regardless of the outcome of disease progression this intimate relationship leaves its mark on caregivers, providing us all with a mental scrapbook of bits and pieces of other people’s stories that we became a part of. It’s as though we are all guest actors appearing in many different life stories.

In my scrapbook I keep a few clips of one couple in particular that I go back to for solace in my more compelling career crises. When they arrived at the hospital they arrived as a team. Mike* might be receiving the treatment, but they were going through this together. I instantly took to these two and their sheer positivity.

They took on Leukemia with an ease I’d never really seen before. I remember Mike telling me that the fellow that had told him of his diagnosis was so positive about it that he left his office with a smile on his face. The two even decided not to postpone their wedding and ended up getting married on the unit.

It’s not to say the whole experience was ideal. Mike suffered some very serious side effects, but he way he moved forward through each challenge determined to not let it get him down was uniquely effective.

Things actually went quite positively for these two. Mike responded to chemotherapy and his bone marrow transplant and eventually they left the hospital together as husband and wife.

A year later after a few transplant complications, they had the wedding they truly had wanted to have.

Often reviewing our mental scrapbooks can be a painful experience that begs for existential re-evaluation and sometimes we get to see the lighter side. We get to bear witness to the beauty of the human spirit and a little something my niece would refer to, with eloquence beyond her 3 years, as Hakuna Matata.

I have wedding photos in my mental scrapbook and I ask you to consider what memories of success and survivorship that you keep close to you as well. We can tell ourselves that we chose oncology to help make the lives of those living with cancer more comfortable, but let’s promise ourselves to not forget the survivors.

These are the good stories, the heartwarming stories, and the stories that keep us believing. The next time you have a teachable moment, consider how you might promote a plan for survivorship into your practice.

Kim Peel, RN
L/BMT Program, VGH, Vancouver, BC

*(Names have been changed to preserve anonymity.)


New National Award to Recognize Oncology Nurses

Today as communities across Canada celebrate National Oncology Nursing Day through local events, Canadians everywhere are reminded of the critical role that oncology nurses play during all phases of cancer treatment and care.

To help commemorate today’s events and celebrations, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology  / Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO) is pleased to announce the creation of a new, national achievement award.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year Award will recognize a CANO/ACIO nurse who hasconsistently demonstrated the highest level of nursing excellence and leadership. To reflect this year’s Oncology Nursing Day theme of “Partners in Care: Advocating for Excellence”, the criteria for the inaugural 2012 award will also place special emphasis on achievement in oncology advocacy.

The addition of Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. as title sponsor of both Oncology Nursing Day 2012 and the new award highlights the significant role oncology nurses play in our health care system.  Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. believes the work that oncology nurses do on a daily basis is truly inspirational and makes a significant difference in the lives of Canadians with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers, yet they are often under-recognized.

Award nominees will be assessed by a panel of Canadian oncology nursing professionals, and the recipient will be given $5,000 towards their further education and professional development. The nomination process will begin in early May, and the winner will be announced at the CANO/ACIO national conference being held in Ottawa from October 11th to 14th, 2012.

“Our association and our members are honoured by the tremendous amount of support and recognition being shown for our 9th annual Oncology Nursing Day,” says Brenda Sabo, President of CANO/ACIO. “We want all Canadians to know that oncology nurses are advocates for excellence in cancer treatment and care. And while it is indeed satisfying that community leaders and healthcare professionals are taking note of our work, it is our hope that this recognition signifies a crucial understanding that a key component of a world-class health care system is the availability of nurses who specialize in delivering safe and effective oncology programs.”

de Souza Institute OND Celebration

No matter where you are in Ontario on April 3rd, 2012 take some time out of your busy day to connect with other hardworking nurses as we celebrate Oncology Nursing Day. Listen to Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Director of de Souza Institute live at 8:30 am (EST), as she talks about the renowned de Souza Institute and its prestigious Designations to nurses at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. In her presentation, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen will be recognizing champion RNs who are working towards their de Souza Nurse Designation.

To connect via videoconference to this special event please share the following link with your local telemedicine coordinator:https://schedule.otn.ca/tsm/portal/nonclinical/details.do?request.requestId=20764425.

This presentation will also be accessible via live and archived webcast for nurses who do not have access to OTN. To watch the live webcast go to: http://webcast.otn.ca/liveevents.html.

OND Flash Mobs

Oncology nurses across Canada will participate in public flash mob events in cities across Canada. Check back later on our Video page on this site to see the results!

Oncology nurses all over Canada will raise awareness by doing the same flash mob and dance to the same music at noon in public spaces of various cities around the country. After the dance the nurses will keep a moment of silence to think of the victims of cancer before dispersing.

The events will take place on Tuesday April 3, 2012 at noon.

The music and the dance moves can be seen in this video. The nurses should wear the CANO/ACIO Colors Orange, Cranberry or be wearing a nursing scrub and wear their CANO/ACIO pin.

Each flash mob group should have one responsible person to film the flash mob and send the video to CANO/ACIO Head Office after the flashmob on Oncology Nursing Day.

Head Office will then upload all the videos to the new CANO/ACIO YouTube Channel that will be launched together with OND 2012! Please contact us at cano@malachite-mgmt.com for further instructions.

To advertise your flashmob, nurses are encouraged to download and use the “Let’s Flashmob” poster.

Cancer & The Inuit

The Champlain Chapter of CANO presents their advocacy initiative entitled “Cancer & The Inuit”.

Michelle Valberg – Valberg Imaging

Jacqueline Ellis RN Ph.D  – University of Ottawa / CHEO

Marian Waldie RN BScN CON(C) – Cancer Assessment Clinic

Kim Franchina, RN, CON(C), CHPCN(C) – TOH – Hematology Program

Tooneejoulee Kootoo-Chiarello – Inuit Community Member

Date:    Monday April 2, 2012

Time:    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location:    The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Clinic

Conference Room A & B

Admission:    CANO Members: $0.99 / 1 raffle ticket

Non-Members:  $4.95 / 5 raffle tickets

RSVP by March 30 to  lholmes@toh.on.ca

London Chapter Luncheons

On April 3rd,. the London Chapter of CANO will be having lunches for the nurses, both in-patient, out-patient. For the first time we will be doing this with the pediatric group as well. At the lunch we will be showing our video “Why I Love to Nurse in Oncology”.

Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter OND Events

Oncology nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador will be officially welcomed to the city council chambers by the Mayor of Canada’s oldest city, His Worship Mayor Dennis O’Keefe. The OND 2012 proclamation will be signed and CANO nurses will be invited to address the City Council to explain the valuable contribution oncology nurses play in the health of those touched by or at risk for cancer.

Morning Coffee

9:30 -11:00 am: CANO NL will host a morning coffee at the local cancer clinic for nurses working in a variety of practice settings and providing care to individuals touched by caner. Nurses have been invited from inpatient and ambulatory care settings, those caring for adults and children, spanning the continuum of care from prevention and screening through treatment, rehabilitation and including those nurses providing end of life care for individuals.

Lunch and Learn

12:00 – 13:00 (with a repeat from 13:00 – 14:00): In keeping with the theme of OND, CANO NL will also be offering a lunch time presentation for all support staff that provide a variety of extremely important services which impact the quality of care we provide to those for whom we provide nursing services.   The presentation will be given by two experienced oncology nurses and is entitled “Working Together As We Care For Our Patients” Staff will be invited to join us for lunch and an informal discussion of the joys and challenges we face on a daily basis.

Evening Talk

19:30 -21:30: On Tuesday evening, health care providers, who care for oncology patients and their loved ones anywhere along the continuum of care, will be invited to the Cancer Centre for an interactive learning experience. The intent of the evening is to gaining a greater understanding and respect for the multiple roles nurses and others provide in the care of individual at risk for or diagnosed with cancer. After a short introduction participants will be guided through a variety of “stations’’ with in the Cancer Centre including speciality nursing roles such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, outpatient clinics, lymphedema, clinical trials, palliative care, and patient navigation. This will provide an opportunity for nurses to share information about the areas in which they work both within and outside of the cancer centre. It will also provide an opportunity to encourage an exchange of questions and answers and identification of issues for which better collaboration will improves the lives of patient and families as well as nurses. Following this, individuals will be invited to a networking opportunity in the staff lounge where refreshments will be provided.

ONIGA South Chapter OND Dinner

Our annual oncology nursing day dinner will be held on April 4th at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary. This year we focused on survivorship and the role of oncology nurses in supporting patients and families through the transition from active treatment to survivorship care. Our dinner will feature three guest speakers each with a unique perspective on survivorship care and the role oncology nurses play. Our key note speaker is Dr. Janine.Giese-Davis, a psychologist, who works out of the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary, who has worked with many oncology nurses on several survivorship care plan research projects. Her talk is titled “Improving the transition to cancer survivorship, the role of oncology nurses”.

Our second speaker is Mike Lang a cancer survivor. Mike is working closely with Dr. Giese-Davis on updating an online Alberta based survivorship website called CancerBRIDGES (www.cancerbridges.ca). Mike will be sharing how oncology nurses can use this website as a supportive care resource for patients and families dealing with survivorship issues. Our final speakers are Karla and Heather, also cancer survivors, who have co-founded the non-profit Cancer Chic (www.cancerchic.ca) as a way to support other young women who are living with or have lived through cancer. They will be talking about survivorship from their perspective and how Cancer Chic could be an additional supportive care resource oncology nurses can offer their patients.

Spacing at the event is limited. For further information, please contact Sydney Phillips Sydney.Phillips2@albertahealthservices.ca.

Newfoundland Proclamation Signing

Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Minister of Health and Community Services Susan Sullivan officially proclaim April 3rd 2012 as Oncology Nursing Day in the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale welcomed oncology nurses from Newfoundland & Labrador to her office on Thursday, March 28th, for an official proclamation signing ceremony for the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Premier Dunderdale was joined by Minister of Health and Community Services Susan Sullivan and both expressed appreciation and gratitude on behalf of residents of the province for the significant role played by oncology nurses in delivering effective cancer treatment and care programs.

The City of St. John’s is also among the cities that will officially proclaim April 3rd as National Oncology Nursing Day. Mayor Dennis O’Keefe will welcome CANO/ACIO nurses at a City Council meeting today, at which time nurses will make a brief presentation to council.

BCONG & BC Cancer Agency Event

National Oncology Nursing Day is Tuesday, April 3, 2012, and this year’s theme is “Partners in Care: Advocating for Excellence”. BCONG (BC chapter of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology) and the BC Cancer Agency are hosting an early evening event for networking, information, and inspiration. Our evening features key note speaker Barbara Fitzgerald (Vice President of CANO and Director of Nursing at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto) and a panel of nurses- all who are “partners in care and advocates for excellence”.

Please save the date and time: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 5:00-7:30 pm.

Location: Each of the five BC Cancer Agency’s regional centres – Vancouver, Fraser Valley (Surrey), Abbotsford, Vancouver Island (Victoria) and Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior (Kelowna)

The evening will be videolinked, so please join us in person at one of the BCCA centres, or contact your local telehealth coordinator and join us by videolink! Please RSVP to the contact at the centre where you would like to attend this event.

Vancouver Island Centre:  Theressa Zapach (tzapach@bccancer.bc.ca)

Sindi Ahluwahlia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior:  Judi Piper-Wallace (Judi.Piper-Wallace@bccancer.bc.ca)

Vancouver Centre:  Zahra Lalani (zlalani2@bccancer.bc.ca)

Abbotsford Centre:  Laura Mercer (lmercer2@bccancer.bc.ca)

Fraser Valley Centre:  Jagbir Kohli (Jagbir.Kohli@bccancer.bc.ca)

 If you have arranged to link in via telehealth from a Communities Oncology Network Site, please contact Heather Watson (hwatson@bccancer.bc.ca) know.  Heather can let you know about support for light meal costs for you as well.

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