Pediatric Hematology/Oncology & Palliative Care, Chris Evert Children's Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been recognized by ADVANCE for Nurses as a 2010 Best Nursing Team Runner-Up. Nominated by APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Program Instructor and APHON member, Heather Miller BSN, RN-BC, CPON, CPN, the team has been recognized for exemplifying teamwork. In particular, their commitment to best practices in education and certification was cited. “All RNs working in the area are trained through the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses' (APHON) Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course.” According to Miller, “newer nurses are placed with more seasoned nurses and begin to give chemotherapy gradually, relying on the knowledge base of their mentors and educational foundations.”
APHON member Donna M. Doulton, BSN, RN, the Project Coordinator of the Regional Children's Sickle Cell Center, part of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital (CSRCH) and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA) was recently interviewed about her research on Sickle Cell disease and adult survivorship programs that appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. This clip aired on several stations in the American Urban Radio Network.
As health care professionals continue placing greater emphasis on the quality of life (QOL) of childhood cancer patients, researchers have found that creative arts therapy (CAT) may improve QOL in pediatric oncology patients undergoing therapy. Their findings were published in the May/June edition of Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.
Clinical Oncology News features APHON members Karen Kinahan and Julia Stepenske.
Hematology Times covered several sessions from the 35th Annual Conference and Exhibit on their website.
35th Annual Conference and Exhibit
September 8-10, 2011
The Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Program is a 2-day course designed to provide nurses with the knowledge base needed to safely care for children and adolescents receiving chemotherapy or biotherapy. This course is often required within hospitals before nurses are allowed to administer chemotherapy to their young patients. Nurses learn both the theoretical knowledge and key principles needed to safely, competently, and consistently administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. Nurses who have successfully completed the APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Providers program have learned the highest standards and practices.
My Most Memorable Case by Janet Cavitt, BSN RN CPON®
My Most Memorable Cases by Ruth Landers, MSN RN CPNP CPON® and Laura Schlenker BSN RN
APHON Speaks Up
Over the past few months, there have been a number of stories in the news that have given APHON an opportunity to comment in the media. Following is a list of recent activities.
Dateline NBC featured a story in January on the life of medical residents at Atlanta Children’s Hospital, entitled Heroes of Children’s Hospitals. APHON posted a comment that gave praise to the residents and all the other members of the team, with special acknowledgement to the important contribution the pediatric nurse makes to the team.
A recent New York Times story, In Cancer Fight, Teenagers Don't Fit In on March 15 provided APHON with an opportunity to comment on the importance of specialized care for the Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer community, as well as the need for more research on survivorship programs.
On March 1, MSNBC Web site featured a story entitled Doctors Hastened Dying Kids’ Death, Say Parents. Small study suggests some may be giving fatal morphine doses. This offered a fine opportunity for APHON to bring to light its position statement on palliative care.
In honor of Cancer Research Awareness Month in May, a number of media placements were made April 4 from our press release in which APHON Calls For Increased Focus On Teen Cancer Care And Funding Of Cancer Survivorship Programs: Cancer Research Awareness Month. This May offers opportunity for renewed commitment.