Cancer Systemic Therapy Certification Course

Kate Heighton, RN, MN, CON(c)

With over a decade of experience at the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre, Kate joined the Learning Institute in 2020 as a Nurse Educator with a focus in Cancer Care. Kate holds both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Nursing from Dalhousie University, and maintains a Canadian Nurses Association specialty certification in Oncology. In the past, Kate has also taught and supported oncology-related courses at Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing.

Like many of her Learning Institute colleagues, Kate has a passion for teaching and lifelong learning and is excited to play a role in supporting both novice and experienced nurses in their transition to oncology practice.

At home, a husband and two little girls keep Kate on her toes and her days filled with giggles. Kate loves to travel to new places and would love to see more of the world; until that time, Kate has found joy in learning a few do-it-yourself renovation skills for her home in Halifax, NS.

902-233-1749 |

Andrea Healey, RN, BScN, MN, CCNE, CON(C)

Andrea Healey joined the Learning Institute in 2022, and the CSTCC program in the spring of 2023. She believes in lifelong learning, having obtained a nursing diploma in 2001, BScN in 2015, Master of Nursing with a teaching focus in 2021, and a certification in nursing education in 2022. In addition, Andrea has gained knowledge through a diverse nursing career while practicing across Canada and the USA. She has focused the last six years of her profession on cancer care and nursing education.

Andrea believes learning is a continual transformative process in which learners examine and critically reflect on new information with past knowledge to construct new meaning. In addition, learners are individuals and are inspired by activities and knowledge that are meaningful to them. Andrea aims to understand her learners and facilitate learning experiences that will support them in reaching their goals.

At home, Andrea enjoys sitting in the sun (with sunscreen!), hiking, travelling with her partner, and pestering her children to clean their rooms.

902-717-3103 |

The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.