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 email@example.com
Certified in Oncology or Hospice Palliative Care**
Clinical Fellowship: 150 hours
Education: PhD or Post-Doctorate
Registered with College of Nurses
* by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON) or the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) in the USA
* with a minimum of one course from each domain ** by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON) or the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) in the USA
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.
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.
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.
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.