. : Facts About CANO/ACIO
Established in 1985, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (CANO/ACIO) is the national organization that supports Canadian nurses to promote and develop excellence in oncology nursing practice, education, research and leadership.
CANO/ACIO’s mission is to advance oncology nursing excellence through practice, education, research and leadership for the benefit of all Canadians.
The vision of the association is that CANO/ACIO is a driving force nationally and an influencing force internationally in advancing excellence in cancer nursing across the cancer control spectrum. Canadians across the cancer spectrum have timely access to high-quality nursing.
CANO/ACIO believes that:
- Every nurse can be a leader.
- Canadians deserve access to excellent oncology nursing care.
- Evidence-informed care is the foundation for excellence in nursing.
- The specialty of oncology nursing is an essential component of health care services across the cancer control spectrum.
- Collaborative relationships and partnerships further the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians.
- Ongoing learning is essential for the professional and personal development of oncology nurses.
- We rely on member engagement to inform our work.
- We facilitate the growth of our members and work to support all nurses who care for people with cancer and their families.
CANO/ACIO recognizes that cancer is a chronic illness with acute phases, which affects people at all stages of the life cycle, and that nurses in all practice settings are involved with the process of cancer care, from prevention to detection, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.
CANO/ACIO fosters the maintenance of high standards of nursing care and supports the work of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in providing specialty certification for oncology nurses. CANO/ACIO has authored the “CANO/ACIO Standards of Care, Roles in Oncology Nursing, and Role Competencies”.
CANO/ACIO is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association and the International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care.
In 2004, CANO/ACIO launched the annual Oncology Nursing Day in April as part of Cancer Month.