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Bayshore HealthCare Ltd. funds the French translation of the Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Exam

Written by: Michelle Nicols

Funding allows for the exam to be written in both French and English across Canada

Mississauga, ON (March 31, 2015) – Due to funding provided by Bayshore HealthCare Ltd. the Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy(PSCB) course’s final exam is now offered in French across Canada. In partnership with the de Souza Institute, this initiative was first launched on December 19, 2014. The first French PSCB exam was written by a Bayshore French speaking nurse from Quebec City on February 26, 2014.

“Offering this exam in another language will allow more registered nurses in oncology to expand their knowledge of best practice chemotherapy and biotherapy administration, including our Bayshore Infusion Clinic nurses,” says Leslie Marvell, Clinical Practice Leader Oncology/ Hospice Palliative Care, Bayshore HealthCare Ltd.  “We are committed to supporting best practice standards in oncology care which will help strengthen the healthcare profession in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration from coast-to-coast.”

Created by the province in 2008 in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario and the University Health Network, the de Souza Institute provides support to nurses who care for cancer patients.

“The de Souza Institute developed the Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course as part of a standardized curriculum for initial and continuing chemotherapy and biotherapy administration competency training integrating provincial and national standards,” says Komal Patel, Advanced Practice Nurse Educator and de Souza APN, de Souza Institute.  “The course has been delivered in English since 2009 and we’re very pleased that now a French exit exam was added to facilitate the participation of French speaking Registered Nurses.”

The Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course is a 35-hour online course and includes a 7.5 hour hands-on workshop that is designed to support registered nurses building their knowledge, skills and competency in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration.

“Now, with the support of Bayshore, the exam is more readily available to French speaking nurses across the country,” says Patel.

About Bayshore
Bayshore HealthCare is one of the country’s leading providers of home and community health care services and a Canadian-owned company. Its services are purchased by government care programs, insurance companies, workers’ compensation boards, health care organizations, the corporate sector and the public. The Bayshore brand extends across four business divisions: Bayshore Home Health (medical and non-medical home care and staffing services), Bayshore Specialty Rx (specialty pharmacy, infusion and pharmaceutical patient support services), Bayshore Therapy & Rehab (physiotherapy and rehabilitation services) and Bayshore Dialysis (dialysis centers). The company’s goal is to enhance the quality of life, well-being, dignity and independence of Canadians of all ages. Bayshore HealthCare has been a recipient of Canada’s Best Managed Companies award since 2006. For more information, call 1-877-289-3997 or visit

About the de Souza Institute
Established in 2008, de Souza Institute in partnership with University Health Network, Cancer Care Ontario and through funding by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, provides ongoing educational support, professional development and career counseling to nurses and other health care professionals caring for patients with cancer and/ or those requiring hospice palliative services. de Souza Institute offers courses incorporating best practices and latest information, using webcasts, in-person workshops and innovative online learning to support excellence in cancer care.

The Institute was named in honour of Anna Maria de Souza, a distinguished Toronto philanthropist and volunteer who lost her life to cancer in 2007.

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