Kudos to Cancer Care team members, Joy Tarasuk and Carolyn Fifield

Joy Tarasuk, Carolyn Fifield
Joy Tarasuk, Director of Policy and Planning, Nova Scotia Health and Carolyn Fifield, Manager, Oncology Clinical Programs, Nova Scotia Health recognized at this year’s annual Canadian Nursing in Oncology (CANO) conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

Two members of the Cancer Care Program team were recognized at this year’s annual Canadian Nursing in Oncology (CANO) conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

Joy Tarasuk, Director of Policy and Planning, was awarded the Boehringer Ingelheim Oncology Nurse of the Year award. The award “recognizes a CANO nurse who has demonstrated the highest level of nursing excellence and leadership and contributed to advancing oncology nursing and/or health system transformation during the last year.” Tarasuk was presented with this national award as a result of her leadership within the cancer care program and work to transform the cancer system.

Prior to her current role, Tarasuk has had various leadership roles within cancer care including manager of oncology clinical programs, manager of the QEII Cancer Centre and oncology nurse educator. She also worked as an oncology registered nurse in the cancer centre.

“I was genuinely humbled to receive this award,” said Tarasuk. “We are at a pivotal point in cancer care with rapidly advancing therapies, and I believe each member of the team has a voice and role in shaping the future. We have amazing teams across Nova Scotia! Ensuring persons with cancer and their families have equitable, safe, and comprehensive care as close to home as possible is foundational to address the burden that accompanies this diagnosis.”

Tarasuk added that optimizing scopes of practice and investment in people to ensure teams have the skills and competencies required for their practice area is essential to providing quality cancer care.

“I am grateful for the many oncology nurse leaders, both formal and informal, I have been privileged to work with over the past 25+ years,” said Tarasuk. “They have truly inspired me and fueled my passion for oncology.”

Congratulations, Joy, on this much deserved award!

Carolyn Fifield, Manager, Oncology Clinical Programs, was awarded the BD Commitment to Safety Award. This award “recognizes the outstanding work of an oncology nurse who is committed to patient and/or healthcare worker safety. Through their efforts the award recipient and their peers are able to provide a care environment that is safe for both patients and staff.” Fifield was presented with this award as a result of her work to support implementation of Closed System Transfer Devices, which limit the occupational exposure to hazardous drugs, and for bringing teams together to address leaks and safety events related to IV infusion pumps used in oncology.

Fifield has worked as an oncology nurse for 16 years in various positions, most recently in a provincial role focusing on aspects of quality, education, practice standardization, and oversight of the Provincial Systemic Therapy Program. “It is very humbling to receive this national award,” said Fifield. “It’s encouraging that we are on the right path to supporting safer environments for our staff and patients in systemic therapy treatment.”

Congratulations, Carolyn, on receiving this much deserved award!