Sean Hollingshead is a life-long learner. A seasoned Registered Practical Nurse at Osler, Sean credits a mix of natural curiosity, passion and a love of learning, for his decision to pursue the prestigious de Souza Nurse Associate Designation.
Facilitated by the de Souza Institute, a de Souza Designation is a symbol of excellence awarded to health care professionals who have completed extensive training in the fields of oncology and palliative care. The training further equips nurses like Sean to deliver complex treatments, alleviate pain and other symptoms, and address the psychosocial needs of patients with cancer.
“As an oncology nurse, you are always trying to understand a patient’s symptoms and side effects, and take a proactive approach to preventing and managing them, along with any other health issues that may arise. Adopting that kind of approach leads to better outcomes and enables us to better support patients along their journey,” says Sean. “My pursuit of the de Souza designation has made me a well-rounded nurse, who is versed in multiple aspects of cancer care and disease processes, and I am very honoured to have received it.”
Sean represents clinicians at William Osler who have engaged in life-long learning to provide high quality care to patients and families. A real accomplishment, Sean completed more than 150 hours of continuing education courses in pursuit of his designation, and is one of four Osler nurses to do so.
“We are very proud of this achievement and all of the work Sean has done to attain this designation. Sean applies his learning daily when caring for patients and constantly shares his expertise with other nurses, which only enhances the quality of care we provide at Osler,” says Julianne Labelle, Clinical Services Manager, Oncology and Palliative Care.