Skills Enhancement Grants

The RCN's Skills Enhancement Grants support health care professionals who express interest in developing knowledge in the field of cancer care quality improvement by investing strategically on cancer care teams currently in place to integrate multiple complex skill sets. 


The Skills Enhancement Grants are open exclusively to the oncology nursing personnel actively employed at the RCN partner hospitals: The McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital and St-Mary’s Hospital Center. There is no restriction with regards to the number of years of seniority/employment, part-time or full-time profile, in-patient or out-patient assignment, and profile of care (e.g. active versus palliative services). Depending on the requested bursary profile, applicants need to make sure they satisfy requirements form the De Souza Institute or Canadian Nurses Association.

Areas of study

Bursaries will be made available to all nursing personnel involved in the delivery of cancer care. The following courses are available. Bursaries may go up to $1500 depending on the option selected. (Please refer to Reference Document for details). The funds will be used to support the completion of one professional development course in oncology offered by the de Souza Institute:


  • CNA certification or re-certification in oncology
  • CNA certification or re-certification in palliative care


  • Addressing compassion fatigue, managing grief and loss amongst health care professionals
  • Management of depression and anxiety in cancer
  • Patient teaching for oral chemotherapy and biotherapy
  • Patient teaching and education


  • Advanced pain assessment and management
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Cancer survivorship partnering with patients to improve their experience
  • Patient Navigation
  • Sexual Health in Cancer Part 1
  • CNA Oncology study exam group


  •  Foundations in Oncology Nursing Practice
  • Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Course
  •  Interprofessional education in palliative and end-of-life care

While the RCN works in close collaboration with local oncology nursing leadership and hospital-specific nursing directorates, this funding opportunity is an independent philanthropic initiative, developed to complement and not replace or substitute institutional nursing professional enhancement mechanisms. Participation is strictly voluntary and subject only to RCN rules and regulations.


For more details, consult the application page


Past recipients: 2017

The 2017 edition of the RCN Education Fund focussed specifically on oncology nursing professionals. 

We are pleased to announce that 40 grants were awarded to nurses across the three RCN partner hospitals to complete professional development courses or CNA certification. 

We are confident that this funding opportunity will contribute to ensure that nurses working across the RCN partner sites acquire and maintain the best skills in the management of cancer patients throughout their care trajectory.

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