Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre: Inpatient Adult Oncology

Program Description:

Level 7 is the adult oncology inpatient unit of the Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre, located at the Victoria Hospital Site of London Health Sciences Centre


  • We provide care to adult patients diagnosed with cancer who require hospitalization in order to receive treatment for their disease
  • Care consists of assessment and treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, brachytherapy, radioisotope therapy, blood and bone marrow transplantation, symptom management and some palliation
  • Length of stay ranges from less than 24 hours to approximately 6 weeks
  • We provide patient centered care for patients and families and partner closely with the outpatient department of Verspeeten Family Cancer Centre, to provide continuity of care

General Information:


  • 45 inpatient beds, plus 2 ‘flex’ beds
  • Approximately 80 RNs, including 3-NP/CNS, and 1-Clinical Educator
  • Located on Level 7 at VH
  • Nurse to patient ratio is 1:4 on days and 1:6 on nights

Scheduling Information:

  • 12 hour shifts of days (7-19) and nights (19-07)
  • 8 hour shifts on days (7-15) and evenings (15-23), Monday-Friday
  • Approximately 80% of our nurses are full-time; the remainder are part-time and casual nurses.

Background Essentials:


  • Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Professional Assets:


  • Previous experience in Oncology is an asset, as is CNA certification in Oncology

Professional Development:


  • In-services and Rounds, on Oncology related topics are offered on a regular basis for all staff and students. Nurses are expected to obtain competency in administration of cytotoxic agents by completing the components of the education program.
  • Nurses are encouraged to apply for funding to attend conferences and workshops related to Oncology.

Student Consolidation:


  • We accept 6-8 consolidation students each year. We have many preceptors that are committed to creating learning opportunities for students.
  • Other student placements on Oncology include: high school co-op students, nursing students in years 1, 2, 3, or 4, refresher or post diploma program.

Program Links:


  • Visit our programs’ external website at
  • Professional Oncology Nursing Associations include: London Oncology Nurses’ Interest Group (LONIG), which is the local chapter of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
  • Oncology journals that are frequently used include: Oncology Nursing Journal, Cancer Nursing and The Journal.
  • Oncology Nursing by Shirley E. Otto is an excellent reference text
  • Certification in Oncology, CON(C) is available through CNA