♦  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



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


Farewell Esther Green

Click here to view a special farewell letter from Esther Green, an inaugural member and Provincial Head of both the Nursing Program and Psychosocial Oncology Program, whose contribution and leadership at Cancer Care Ontario over the past 12 years has played a significant role in the success of many important initiatives. 


$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.


Research Fellowship - Graduate Nursing Student Scholarship Award

As part of OAPN’s mandate to improve cancer survivorship care and increase capacity for oncology nursing research, Lindsay Yuille, a full time nursing graduate student at McMaster University, became the first recipient of the Graduate Nursing Student Scholarship Award. The Scholarship was made possible thanks to a generous donation to OAPN from The Lewis and Ruth Sherman Foundation. To learn more about the fellowship and Lindsay’s project, click here.


Provincial, National and International Activities Engaging Oncology Advanced Practice Nurses

Effective health human resource planning that maximizes the expertise of advanced practice nurses (APNs) is a hot topic around the world as countries grapple with the challenges of meeting demands for high quality and cost-effective healthcare services. Click here to view the provincial, national and global events that reflect the continued and heightened demand for APN roles.


Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership Special Issue on APN

The CJNL special issue consists of 10 papers summarizing an APN Decision Support Synthesis. As well, it includes editorial and introductory remarks and 3 commentaries by senior researchers and administrators.

The CJNL special issue can be fully and freely accessed at:



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