Generalist to Specialist Education Pathway

A learning pathway to support the generalized oncology nurse to becoming a specialized oncology nurse is currently under development.

This pathway will be guided by the CANO/ACIO Standards of Practice and Competencies for the Specialized Oncology Nurse.  The pathway will include broad topics and a link to the CANO webinar series. (add link to webinars here)

This pathway will not only support nurses prepare for the CNA Specialty Certification Exam, it will also support all oncology nurses with maintaining their knowledge and in obtaining continuing education hours as part of their professional development.

The educators at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, and the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Center in Ontario have developed learning pathways for oncology nurses in their areas. These pathways have not only supported novice oncology nurses with their learning, but have also supported the professional development of experienced specialized oncology nurses. The pathways have also helped the educators standardize their orientation process in the oncology program, and also have guided the development of continuous education programs within their specialty areas.

Click here to access the Learning Pathway used at Princess Margaret Cancer Center

Click here to access the Learning Pathway for Oncology Nurses at Hamilton Health Sciences Center (HHS)

Learning Pathways for each specialized areas at HHS:
Inpatient Hematology
Inpatient Oncology
Ambulatory Program
Surgical Oncology

Learning and/or professional development plans are also used to support learning. Click here for a sample learning/professional development plan.

Last Updated: August 31, 2017

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