de Souza Institute

de Souza Designations

A de Souza Designation is awarded to a healthcare professional who has completed one of the de Souza Institute comprehensive learning pathways shown below. de Souza Designates are well-regarded health care professionals possessing strong clinical and leadership skills in oncology or palliative care. They have the up to date knowledge to deliver complex treatments, alleviate pain and other symptom related suffering and address psychosocial needs of patients and families. Meet some of our designates!

Note: The current de Souza Designation is organized around nursing practice. A de Souza Provider designation is being developed by an interprofessional committee to encompass competency areas relevant for providers other than Nursing. For information regarding de Souza Provider designation, please contact support@desouzainstitute.com


  •    Education: Nursing student
  •    Credits Required*: 2.0
  •    Required Courses: FOND
  •    Clinical Experience: One placement
  •    Education: RN, RPN, or LPN
  •    Credits Required*: 4.0
  •    Required Courses: CANB, FOND or PSCB
  •    Registered with College of Nurses
  •    Clinical Experience: 1950 hours
  •    Education: RN
  •    Credits Required*: 4.0
  •    Required Courses: CANB, FOND or PSCB
  •    Registered with College of Nurses
  •    Clinical Experience: 1950 hours
  •    Certified in Oncology or Hospice Palliative Care**
  •    Clinical Fellowship: 75 hours
  •    Education: APN
  •    Credits Required*: 4.0
  •    Required Courses: CANB, FOND or PSCB
  •    Registered with College of Nurses
  •    Clinical Experience: 1950 hours
  •    Certified in Oncology or Hospice Palliative Care**
  •    Clinical Fellowship: 150 hours
  •    Research Project
  •    Education: PhD or Post-Doctorate
  •    Registered with College of Nurses
  •    Research Project

* by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON) or the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) in the USA

Domains

de Souza courses are organized within four domains of practice with the domains drawn from the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO) competencies standards for specialized oncology nursing practice. To obtain your de Souza Designation, you must achieve 4.0 course credits with at least one course completed from each of the four domains.

Treatment and Delivery of Evidence Based Care

These courses are about developing skills and knowledge in treating and delivering cancer and palliative care. Course teachings are based on best practices and provincial and Canadian standards.

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Therapeutic and Supportive Relationships

These courses address engaging in caring relationships with cancer patients and their families. These courses focus on the professional's role in being supportive and sensitive to a patient’s changing physical and psychosocial responses.

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Developing Professional Practice and Leadership

Engaging in critical thinking, integrating best practice and evidence based knowledge, exercising ethical judgment and advocating for change are the foundation of courses under this category.

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Patient Teaching and Coaching

These courses help health professionals prepare individuals living with cancer and their families to manage the many aspects of the cancer experience. Courses are geared towards helping provide patient education, psychosocial support and counseling.

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Certifications and Continuing Competency Support

Courses in this category help you with attaining specialty certification or provide competency maintenance support for your practice. These courses do not provide credits towards a de Souza designation.