♦  Welcome to Canada's first research unit dedicated to improving patient health through the effective use of advanced nursing roles in cancer care which opened at the Juravinski Cancer Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences on April 28th, 2009.

♦  The goal of OAPN is to provide a comprehensive, integrated national program of leading-edge research, education, mentorship and knowledge translation initiatives to support the effective use of oncology APN roles in cancer care.

This website will be a valuable resource to a diverse group of stakeholders including:

  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Hospital administrators
  • Physicians
  • Policy-makers
  • Cancer organizations



Lifetime Achievement Award

Denise Bryant-Lukosius, Director of OAPN, has been awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO). The award acknowledges the outstanding achievement of a Canadian oncology nurse who has made significant contributions to oncology nursing and/or to cancer care in Canada during his/her professional career. Congratulations Denise! To read more, click here.


Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership

Congratulations Margaret Forbes, APN at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, for recieving the 2015 Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership for your significant contribution to oncology nursing through leadership locally, provincially or nationally. Margaret has developed a new and transformative program in cancer survivorship at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and is leading a widespread implementation plan, helping clinical teams in 10 disease sites to adapt the tools and templates she developed for breast and colorectal cancer patients to meet the needs of all patient populations.To read more click here.


The Rapid Evaluation and Symptom Management Clinical Care Unit (RESCCU)

In September, the Juravinski Cancer Centre launched a new urgent care unit called RESSCU (Rapid Evaluation and Symptom Support Unit), for patients currently undergoing cancer treatment at the centre. The RESSCU model uses a multifaceted approach to improve quality and patient safety including strategies to improve patient access to care, to build an effective centralized interdisciplinary team, and strengthen communication processes with providers as well as patients and families. For more information click here.


Improving Patient Experience and Health Outcomes Collaborative (iPEHOC)

This project aims to develop a common patient reported experience measurement system (PREM) and patient reported outcome measurement (PROM) system applicable to all jurisdictions in Canada, with the goal of reducing symptom burden and improving the patient experience. For more information click here.


Improving Cancer Pain and Symptom Management Through Knowledge Translation

The overall goal of this study is to promote the uptake of evidence-informed pain and symptom management practices among health providers in ambulatory cancer care settings through improved understanding of Knowledge Translation. The Knowledge to Action framework guides this research. For more information click here.


Effective Use of Advanced Practice Nurses in the Delivery of Adult Cancer Services in Ontario

The aim of this systematic review was to inform the development of a practice guideline and to make evidence-based recommendations about the roles of APNs for optimizing patient, provider, and health system outcomes across the continuum of cancer care. Click on the hyperlinks below to view the summary and full report.


Full Report

Briefing Note


$330K Donation Supports Re-Evaluation of Cancer Survivorship Care

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation has received a $330,000 donation from The Lewis and Ruth Sherman Foundation in support of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing (OAPN). The gift will enable OAPN to conduct ground-breaking research leading to the development of new models of care in cancer survivorship. Click here for more information.


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