Two nurses at RVH are the first in Simcoe Muskoka to be recognized by the de Souza Institute for excellence in cancer care. Christine Hipgrave and Amanda MacDonald are among just 21 nurses to have achieved the honour. “At RVH, it is a priority to support our staff in continuing their education,” says Lindsey Crawford, vice president, Patient Programs, RVH and regional vice president, Cancer Care Ontario. “In the case of the de Souza designation, the skills and the insights learned directly benefit our patients and the safe, high quality care our cancer program provides to them. As an organization, we are very proud to have nurses like Christine and Amanda be a part of our team because through furthering their education, they are putting out patients first.” de Souza Institute is an innovative learning centre dedicated to cancer care excellence. Since 2008, it has provided ongoing educational support and professional development to approximately 9,000 clinicians. In order to obtain the de Souza Nurse Designation, candidates must complete extensive course work averaging 200 learning hours, as well as a 75-hour clinical fellowship.
Front row (from left) – Amanda MacDonald, RN, RVH/SMRCP; Deyan Kostevski, de Souza Institute; and Christine Hipgrave, RN, SMRCP. Back row (from left) – Lillian Morrison, manager, Access, Nursing Reserve Unit & Staffing Office, RVH; Lindsey Crawford, vice president, Patient Programs, RVH and regional vice president, Cancer Care Ontario; and Carole Beals, manager, Systemic Treatment Unit, Diagnostic Assessment Programs, & Oncology Nursing, SMRCP.