Recognizing the Need for Oncology Education in Canadian Baccalaureate Nursing Programs

  • Cindy DavidsonEmail author


There is a critical need for quality oncology education in Canadian baccalaureate nursing programs considering the vast amount of cancer diagnoses and deaths in the Canadian population, as well as the likelihood that all nurses will care for oncology patients in various settings. The incidence and mortality of cancer within the Canadian population impact the need to incorporate an all-inclusive view of cancer care into baccalaureate nursing curriculums and develop nurse leaders in oncology at this level. Currently, Canadian nursing programs are generalist programs and provide little oncology content especially in the clinical setting. It is essential that baccalaureate nursing programs examine strategies to incorporate a comprehensive view of cancer care into programs to ensure that baccalaureate nursing students meet the entry to practice competencies to care for patients across the cancer care trajectory.


Oncology education Baccalaureate nursing student Baccalaureate nursing programs Canadian nursing programs Cancer care 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vancouver Island UniversityNanaimoCanada

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