Oncology Practice Consultant
Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s Oncology Practice Consultants (OPCs) are experienced Registered Nurses with advanced oncology education. They work to ensure safe, quality care, treatment and improved outcomes for people with cancer by providing education, preceptorship and practice support to health professionals who care for them.
OPCs work with District Health Authorities to implement provincial policies and procedures, including patient education standards. They also provide expert support to chemotherapy nurses at satellite clinics and other hospitals where chemotherapy is delivered, enabling safe, quality cancer care throughout Nova Scotia.
Working collaboratively with the oncology Clinical Nurse Educators, located in the cancer centres in Sydney and Halifax, OPCs provide “just in time” phone, virtual and onsite professional practice consultation and assistance. This may include educating health professionals on new drug treatments and responding to questions about administration of chemotherapy such as safe handling practices or administering a drug outside of the levels of care designate, among other issues.
OPCs also provide planned education sessions on such topics as new drug information and delivery methods, recognizing, assessing and managing various chemotherapy side effects and toxicities, responding to oncology emergencies, and safe handling of chemotherapy.
In addition OPCs participate on numerous systemic therapy committees and assist in the developing new curriculum and updating existing curriculum as to address evolving and advancing oncology therapies and education needs..
CCNS has two OPC’s who are available by phone or email Monday through Friday to respond to questions of health professionals. They also travel extensively, on an as-needed basis, to DHAs for in-person visits and education sessions.
Kara Jamieson RN, MN, CON(C) is based in Halifax, NS and covers Colchester East Hants District Health Authority (CEHDHA), Annapolis Valley District Health Authority (AVH), South West Nova District Health Authority (SWNDHA) and South Shore District Health (SSH). You can reach Kara by email at ccns.nshealth.ca or by phone at (902) 473-1796
The OPC position based in Sydney, NS is currently vacant. This position covers Zone 3, Pictou County and Cumberland County. While this position is vacant please direct all inquiries to Kara Jamieson.