2015 CANO Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Denise Bryant Lukosius


This award recognizes outstanding achievements with a lasting legacy or impact. Denise has played many roles in support of CANO including past Board member, national education advisory committee co-chair, strategic planning committee chair, Canadian oncology nursing education project chair, and past recipient of the Helen Hudson Lecture.  Denise has received international recognition for her contributions to Advanced Practice Nursing research and education, mentorship, and models of care work focusing on improving cancer patient experiences and health outcomes. Denise is a pioneer. She developed one of the few adult oncology nursing education programs available in the early 90’s at McMaster University. She has developed and evaluated models of care and interventions for optimal cancer survivorship, she established and co-directs the Canadian Centre of Advanced Practice Nursing Research, and she is the Director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing. Denise is passionate about a national strategy for optimizing the development of APN roles in cancer control. Since 2012 she has led or co-led many initiatives at Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health including the Advanced Practice Nurse Models of Care Guideline Development Group,  the Models of Care Initiative – Prediction and Planning Working Group, the Nursing Research Community of Practice, and the Nurse Practitioner Role Development Task Force. In 2013 she was became a member of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies Steering Committee of the Canadian Nurses Association. Denise has numerous publications including research as a principal or co-investigator, guest editorials, commentaries and book reviews. Denise has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge about nursing education in Canada. She has been a recipient of numerous grants, awards, scholarships and educational fellowships. Denise’s work has enhanced CANO’s ability to advocate for the unique role of oncology nurses in the Canadian Health Care System. It is Denise’s vision and determination that continues to contribute to our national mission of advancing oncology nursing excellence.