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Evening Session Palliative Care: “Its All About the Living”

CANO NL invites Nurses to Attend an Evening Session Palliative Care: “Its All About the Living” on Tuesday, April 2 – 7:30 p.m.

Lecture Theatre B, Health Sciences

Guest Speaker: Carmel Collins RN BN,NP-PHC CHPCN (c)

To Register Call 777-5067
Limited Registration
Refreshments will be served
Eligible for 2 hrs. CCP

Please click here to see the official invitation.


Oncology Nurses Day – Stand Proud Contest

The Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology – Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter (CANO – NL) are asking Registered Nurses to stand proud of the contribution they make to cancer care in our province.

  • Are you a Registered Nurse involved with individuals during the screening, diagnosis or treatment of cancer?
  • Are you the Registered Nurse caring for patients and families at home as they move through the continuum of care?
  • Or, are you the Registered Nurse caring for individuals trying to put their life back together following treatment for cancer?

Maybe, life is coming to an end and you are supporting patients and their families through this difficult time. It doesn’t matter where you work – if you care for individuals touched by a cancer diagnosis then you are an oncology nurse. Stand proud and celebrate Oncology Nurses Day (OND) by wearing orange on April 2nd – a symbol of the compassion and care you bring to oncology nursing practice.

If you are a Registered Nurse contributing to cancer care, forward your name and contact information to Kathy.fitzgerald@easternhealth.ca and have your name entered for a prize to be awarded at a CANO-NL event on April 12th.

Remember; wear orange on April 2!

City of St John’s – Proclamation

Canadian Oncology Nursing Day will be going to St John’s City Council on Monday April 1st at 4:30pm. Mayor O’Keefe will be signing the proclamation with the below nursing attending:
•    Darlene Osmond, Division Manager
•    Gale Roberts, Oncology/Hematology Coordinator for Children
•    Stephanie Eason, APPHON Coordinator

Chapter Event – Toronto TCON

Greetings from the TCON Executives!

You are invited to the 2013 TCON Oncology Nursing Day celebration at the Westin Prince Hotel.

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 900 York Mills, Toronto, Ontario

Highlights include
•         Greetings from Executive team
•         “The Nuts and Bolts of Melanoma” presentation by Dr. Teresa Petrella from the Odette Cancer Centre
•         Oncology Nurse to Know Award
•         Membership drive
•         Door prizes

Seating is limited. Please register by  March 27, 2013  to Sabrina Bennett at Sabrina.bennett@uhn.ca  (with your CANO membership number) to avoid disappointment.

We hope to see you all then!

Warmest regard from your TCON Executives

Alice Tong (Vancouver)

Before I retired from nursing, a job that I held for over thirty years, I was often inspired by my patients.  I was rewarded in this way.

Liam was a middle aged breast cancer patient. Her cancer has spread to her bones, for which she was in the clinic for pain control. My colleague told me the paintings on the hallway wall were painted by her. The paintings were of green trees, birds singing and beautiful flowers that seemed to spread peace and joy.

One day while giving her a bath, I told her I painted water color paintings too. We shared our common interest. She told me, “I wasn’t so much into arts before. In fact, work has kept me busy, so busy I never had a quiet time for myself. Even if I did, I felt lost. Therefore I planned a busy schedule for myself, so I didn’t have time to think. About 10 years ago, I was given a diagnosis of breast cancer. Suddenly, as if the sky has fallen, I was spiritually woken up. I remember thinking life is so short. I could leave the world anytime, then what? What is the meaning of life anyway? After the treatment started, I felt so tired most of the time. All I could do was take walks. One day after the rain, a rainbow appeared, and I took a walk in our neighborhood. Passing my neighbors’ gardens, I could smell the beautiful flowers and I hear the birds singing. I took a deep breath, I felt blessed just being alive! Then I remembered the Hymn: This Is My Father’s World, and also Jesus’ saying: We are more valuable to Him than the flowers and birds! My heart was busting with joy and hope, and that was the time I started painting in order to keep this moment permanent.”

Later, while she slept I moved her paintings from the hallway wall, to her room, so when she woke up, she would be reminded of the beautiful world that God has created for us all! May her soul rest in peace forever!

POGO invites you to celebrate OND!

The POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) Nursing Committee would like to thank you for your dedication to paediatric oncology nursing. In recognition of your tireless efforts on behalf of children with cancer and their families, we have organized a one hour webinar on the soon to be published POGO Guideline for the Prevention of Acute Nausea and Vomiting due to Antineoplastic Medication.

Details of this event are as follows:

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Location: Participants can join the webinar from anywhere with an internet connection. Login instructions and other details will be circulated prior to the event.

Audience: Paediatric oncology nurses – all are welcome!

Lee Dupuis (BSc, BScPhm, RPh, ACPR, MScPhm, FCSHP) Clinical Manager, Department of Pharmacy, Division of Haematology/Oncology, SickKids

Click here for additional details on this exciting topic!

By return email, kindly RSVP to Emily Bain, Assistant to Conference & Educational Events Coordinator, at ebain@pogo.ca by Thursday, March 28 if you wish to attend.

We wish you all the best in your celebration of Canadian Oncology Nursing Day 2013 and hope that you will join us on April 2nd!

City of Brampton – Proclamation

Canadian Oncology Nursing Day went to Brampton City Council on Wednesday March 27th at 1pm. Below nurses were attending to accept the proclamation on behalf of CANO/ACIO:

  • Suzanne Lewis RN, CON(c)
  • Mary Ellen Hay RN
  • Lollita Rahaman RN, MScN, CON(c), CHPCN(c)

Brampton Nurses with Brampton City Council proclamation.
(From left to right City Councillor John Hutton, nurses: Mary Ellen Hay, Lollita Rahaman, Suzanne Lewis)


London Flashmob Information

London Oncology Nurses Interest Group (LONIG) will organise Flashmobs simultaneously in 2 different areas: Outpatient Cancer Program and Inpatient Hospital

Date:  Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time:  12:10 p.m.
Location:  London Regional Cancer Program Outpatient area and Inpatient Hospital

Chapter Event – London Oncology Nurses Interest Group (LONIG)

The DeSouza institute will be presenting London Health Sciences Centre with an award on OND in recognition of Being a Leader in Cancer Care Excellence for having 89 nurses achieve certification in Chemotherapy and Biotherapy

Date:  Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time:  12:15 p.m. – DeSouza presentation will happen just after the Flashmob in the London Regional Cancer Program Outpatient area
Location:  London Regional Cancer Program Outpatient area

Chapter Event – Ontario-North Eastern

Advocating for Excellence in Preceptorship
Join us in celebrating Oncology Nursing Day 2013 with dinner and a presentation at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Sudbury, ON. Patricia Murphy-Kane, (CNS) PMH Palliative Care RN, BA, BScN, MN, CHPCN(c) will be speaking with regards to “Advocating for Excellence in Preceptorship”. Registration will be before dinner and the venue can hold up to sixty participants so arrive early to ensure a place!

Howard Johnson Hotel, Brady Street, Sudbury, ON

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 6:00 p.m. (registration at 5:30 p.m., speaker at 6:30 p.m.)

Non-members – $20, Members – $10

Chapter Event – Manitoba Oncology Nursing Day Celebration Workshop

‘Inspiring Change and Staying Positive in the Evolving World of Oncology’

The 10th Annual CANO Manitoba Oncology Nursing Education Workshop & Oncology Nursing Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday April 6th at the Inn at the Forks. Our theme this year is “Inspiring Change and Staying Positive in the Evolving World of Oncology’ and the workshop will include topics such as Long Term Implications of Treating Breat Cancer Patients, Bringing a Personalized Approach to Lung Cancer, Intraperitoneal Chemo: An Interesting Concept or a New Standard for Treatment of Ovarian Cancer?, Laughter Therapy, Brachytherapy in Gynecological Malignancies, and Oral Chemotherapy. Includes networking, lunch, Chapter AGM & Annual Awards.

Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, MB

Saturday, April 6, 2o13

Chapter Event – ONIGA-South

“Childhood Interrupted: Pediatric Oncology & Stem Cell Transplant”

Presented by Jennifer Crysdale, RN, MScN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Blood and Marrow Transplant at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Alberta Children’s Hospital, Conference Room 4, Calgary AB

Vancouver Flashmob Information

The Flashmobs will take place on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 4pm in front of Vancouver General Hospital, Main Entrance along 12th Avenue.

The music and the dance moves can be seen in the video on YouTube, click here to see the video.

Nurses should wear the CANO/ACIO Colors Orange, Cranberry or be wearing a nursing scrub and wear their CANO/ACIO pin.

Flashmob Coordinator:
Jennifer Stephens
Cell: 778-230-4027
Email: hemeonc@yahoo.ca

To  find out more details about the event, please download: 2013 Vancouver OND Flash Mob Info.

Please contact us at cano@malachite-mgmt.com for further instructions.

Click here to watch our 2012 flashmob videos.

2013 Flashmob Information

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 music and the dance moves can be seen in the video on YouTube, click here to see the 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 CANO/ACIO YouTube Channel that was launched together with OND 2012!

Please contact us at cano@malachite-mgmt.com for further instructions.

Click here to watch our 2012 flashmob videos.

2012 Flashmob Videos

On April 3rd, oncology nurses across Canada created Flash Mob experiences. Check out our videos below!


London Health Sciences – CTV (London)

London Health Sciences (London)

Rouge Valley (Toronto)

Winchester District Memorial Hospital (Winchester)


Princess Margaret Hospital (Toronto)

Thunder Bay

Royal Victoria Hospital (Barrie)

How We Celebrated Oncology Nursing Day in 2011

De Souza Institute – Ontario

A live webcast and interactive nursing chat was held in  honour of OND 2011! During the webcast you could hear winning inspirational cancer care stories from the OND 2011 Contest winners and participate in a discussion about  oncology nursing leadership led by Dr. Joy Richards (one of the three de Souza co–chairs) from University Health Network and Dr. Mary Jane Esplen from de Souza Institute. You could also share your Cancer Care Story and Win: You could participate in a contest to win an iPod Touch by sharing a time when you made a difference in the cancer experience of a patient and/or their family.

York Central Hospital – Ontario

The York Central Hospital was celebrating Oncology Nursing Day by having a session on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Oncology Setting. This included a practical component of guided imagery for nurses.

Champlain Chapter – Ontario

An “Oncology 401” conference was organized with various professional development  presentations.

Edmonton – Alberta

The Alberta North Chapter hosted a pizza party for the nurses, handing out CANO lanyards and continuing with the membership drive.

Moncton Chapter – New Brunswick

The local chapter of CANO in Moncton, New Brunswick was holding a breakfast at the Moncton City Hospital for its Oncology nurses. During the breakfast a video was showed which was developed 2011 displaying photos of the staff, as well as video messages from our oncologists, management, patients, and family members. There were also door prizes given out to a couple of lucky winners. CANO/ACIO members were on hand to promote CANO/ACIO membership and answer any questions about CANO.

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre

The Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre planned a day of activities for OND. A presentation about “Sleep in the context of cancer”, two on–line sessions, a drop–in pizza luncheon, a de Souza session as well as cake and coffee during the afternoon were featured on April 5, 2011.

BC Cancer Agency – British Columbia

The BC Cancer Agency held a dinner and a presentation from Sally Thorne, PhD, FCAHS, RN “Meeting the Needs of Our Patients: Cancer Nursing in Challenging Times”. The presentation was video–linked to all the other Cancer Agencies in British Columbia.

Oncology Nursing e–Mentorship Program

On OND, the Oncology Nursing e–Mentorship Program was providing an information session highlighting their Career Directions Online workshop live via the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

The CHEO and local chapter of CANO/ACIO presented a morning coffee/tea break for all the oncology nurses.

Nova Scotia

The Capital Health Cancer Care Program recognized oncology nurses with the Cancer Care program by celebrating Oncology Nursing Day with a free pizza and pop Tuesday, April 3, 2011. There was information about CANO/ACIO, the CNA certification, the OND Mayoral Proclamation was displayed and there were some displays of projects and research being done by oncology nurses within the program.

Quebec Chapter

The Quebec Chapter, AQIO was holding its Annual Conference on April 8, 2011 as part of the celebration of Oncology Nursing Day. The theme was : Pérennité des soins en oncologie: bilan de la trajectoire parcourue (Sustainability of oncology nursing : Update on our strides thus far).

Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre/Credit Valley Hospital

A breakfast kicked off the day followed by the cutting of a cake, lovingly made by one of our generous volunteers. A dinner was held off site with guest speaker Diana Tikasz, a social worker from Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, who addressed the issue of Compassion Fatigue. The nurses were presenting at Oncology Grand rounds on the topic “Celebrating Our Voice”. Oncology nursing was promoted to our colleagues and community partners by sharing our values and standards of practice.

South West Health

The Yarmouth Regional Hospital planned a display in the hospital to recognize the nurses in Oncology, as well as an evening at the movies!

Toronto Chapter

The Toronto Chapter presented a dinner with speaker “Update on Multiple Myeloma” at the Delta Toronto East Hotel.

London Health Sciences Centre – Ontario

The London Health Sciences Centre held lunches for the in–patient nurses. A separate lunch was held in the Cancer Centre for those in the Ambulatory setting.

The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario

Tuesday, April 5, 2011: The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario held a webinar about “Caring for dying children, their families and ourselves”.

Chapter Event – BC Oncology Nurses Group

Event Description

BCONG and the BC Cancer Agency professional nursing department are hosting an evening supper and speaker(s) event.  The Theme will be Oncology Nurses: Inspiring Change.  We are privileged to have Brenda Sabo, President, CANO attend and do opening remarks and greetings from CANO.

The President of BCCA Dr Max Coppes will also be present to acknowledge and thank oncology nurses for their contributions to patient care in BC. We will have a keynote address by Lorraine Topf and host a panel discussion of BC nurses who have been inspired or have been inspiring.

The event will be videolinked to all 6 Regional Cancer Centres in BC and will also be videolinked to Community Oncology sites in BC as requested by oncology nurses working in cancer care in communities.

April 2nd, 2013 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Please visit you Chapter page for any additional information: http://cano.malachite-mgmt.com/?page=OND2013

Feel free to contact us at cano@malachite-mgmt.com if you would like any further information on OND 2013!

Chapter Event – ONIGA-South

Event description

Every year for OND, we host our final education event. ONIGA-South organizes and facilitates a dinner presentation for our members to provide a space for learning and also celebrate being oncology nurses!

In keeping with our educational theme for the year, the presentation will centre around Hematology which was indicated as a priority topic by our members from our surveys last year.

Our speaker is being arranged in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  We hope to raise awareness and close knowledge gaps in the expansive world of hematology in cancer care.

Dinner Presentation Topic
Ethics Surrounding Bone Marrow Transplants

Railway Orientation Centre

ONCOLOGY NURSING DAY: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Please visit you Chapter page for any additional information: http://cano.malachite-mgmt.com/?page=OND2013

Feel free to contact us at cano@malachite-mgmt.com if you would like any further information on OND 2013!

Chapter Event – Manitoba

The Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology: Manitoba Chapter (CANO-MB) together with Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg will celebrate the 10th Annual Oncology Nurses Day at a reception on the HSC campus.

Manitoba Minister of Health, Theresa Oswald, will deliver the official proclamation to oncology nurses across Manitoba.  Mark your calendars!!!

Date:  Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location:  John Buhler Research Centre Atrium, HSC, 715 McDermot Avenue, Main Floor

A photo opportunity notice will be sent to Winnipeg media.  Following the proclamation greetings HSC and CCMB Executive will bring greetings and Karen Berube, a nurse and cancer survivor will speak about her Cancer Care Journey “Oncology From Both Sides of the Bed”.

Please click here to visit our Manitoba Chapter page for any additional information.

Feel free to contact us at cano@malachite-mgmt.com if you would like any further information on OND 2013!

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