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.


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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