To address role specific development needs there are separate mentee and mentor application forms for generalist or specialized oncology nurses and for advanced practice nurses.
Generalist nurses have a diploma or baccalaureate degree and have successfully completed the Canadian Registered Nurses Examination. They can work in a variety of settings ranging from acute or chronic care, community or long-term care. They may care for many patients diagnosed with cancer, but their practice does not necessarily focus on cancer care. Registered Practical Nurses and undergraduate nursing students are also welcome and encouraged to participate in the e-Mentorship Program as a Generalist Nurse.
Specialized oncology nurses are registered nurses who have acquired further post-basic education in cancer care such as completion of an undergraduate nursing program or an oncology certificate program (CANO, 2006). Ideally, specialized nurses have received national certification in oncology nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association. They work in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community settings, but practice in environments where the majority of patients have a diagnosis of cancer or are at risk for developing cancer (CANO, 2006).
In Canada, oncology advanced practice nurses (APNs) are clinical experts involved in the specialized care of patients and families affected by cancer. Two APN roles are recognized in Canada: the clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner. APNs are registered nurses with a master’s degree who have increased autonomy and expertise in the care of specific populations. Oncology APNs work to improve patient health through innovation in nursing practice and in the delivery of cancer services. They work in community, ambulatory and inpatient settings and provide nursing services across the cancer journey from cancer prevention, early detection and screening, treatment, recovery and palliative and end-of-life care. In addition to their clinical expertise, APNs require competencies in education, research, organizational leadership and professional development.
Please complete the application form as accurately and completely as possible. The information provided will be used as part of our rigorous and confidential process to match you with a mentee or mentor who has the personal qualities and the most appropriate skills and expertise for meeting your mentorship goals. The information provided may also be used to assist us in evaluating the e-Mentorship Program. However, you as an individual will not be identified in the reporting of any program evaluation results.
The application form will take about 20 minutes to complete. Please click here to join:
If you have any questions about the e-Mentorship Program or the Application Form, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Manager at
or by calling 905-387-9711 extension 67702.