Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology

Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology

March 23, 2011 13:22 ET

April 5, 2011: A Special Day that Recognizes Excellence, Leadership and Innovation

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - Very few Canadians can say that cancer has not affected their lives. Arriving in many forms, to all genders, nationalities and age groups, cancer evokes a passionate response from everyone.

This passion is not isolated to those impacted directly by cancer, but also to the women and men who aid those in need of treatment and care. In fact, for Canada's oncology nurses, this passion is born of a desire to help, and fuels a determination to learn, grow, and develop as health care practitioners.

The very real impact of Canadian oncology nurses on individual cancer care is incredible. And this impact is made possible by on-going evidence-based research in the field. This research requires participation from oncology treatment centres and nurses alike, as well as engagement from other stakeholders such as the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO).

"Major accomplishments have been achieved, notably with the National Chemotherapy Administrative Standards Initiative being spearheaded by our association," says Jennifer Wiernikowski, President of CANO/ACIO. "The results of our work in developing national standards of practice are now being embedded in health care systems nationally, and will ultimately improve oncology treatment and care provided to all Canadians."

This evidence based initiative and the broader work of the Association, is getting noticed. And not only by the very people it means to serve. Other Canadians are taking note and on April 5th, communities across Canada will celebrate National Oncology Nursing Day. A total of eighteen municipal and provincial jurisdictions have made official proclamations celebrating this date, and oncology care teams from coast to coast will participate in a wide range of events to recognize the leadership and world-class care provided by the dedicated members of the oncology nursing profession.

All Canadians are encouraged to take a moment to be thankful for this dedication, and be aware of the impact oncology nurses can have on their lives, both now and in the future.

For further information on CANO/ACIO, and details concerning Oncology Nursing Day 2011, please visit

Established in 1984, CANO/ACIO is the national organization that supports Canadian nurses to promote and develop excellence in oncology nursing practice, education, research and leadership. CANO/ACIO's purpose is to promote prevention of cancer, to provide optimal care of individuals living with cancer, and to provide support for the nurses caring for them. CANO/ACIO represents about 1,000 nurses across Canada. Its members are nurses working in administration, universities, and research institutions, as well as acute and critical care inpatient units, outpatient clinics, palliative care and hospice.

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