POSITION PAPER Professional Development of Canadian Nurses Involved in Cancer Care

Brenda Ross, Karyn Perry, Tracy Truant



  • All Canadians living with or at risk for cancer are entitled to receive care from nurses across all practice settings who possess foundational oncology knowledge, skill and judgment.
  • Nurses working in cancer care settings require specialized knowledge, skill and judgment. Post-basic oncology nursing education programs assist nurses to acquire the specialized knowledge and competencies required to provide care in cancer settings.
  • Lifelong learning enhances continuing competence and contributes to both high quality patient outcomes and evidence-informed practice.
  • Cancer care settings and organizations play a fundamental part in supporting nurses with professional development by providing equitable and accessible resources to promote lifelong learning. Such resources may include, but are not limited to, the development of mentorship programs and various activities to promote learning (e.g., space, time and resources).

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