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APHON posts information about upcoming local chapter events whenever notified of them by the chapter. If you are with an APHON chapter and would like to your upcoming event listed on this page, please contact us with the date(s), location, costs, and contact information. This page is updated at the end of each month.
Summary of Recent Chapter Events
APHON’s local chapters should be very proud of the great educational events, fundraising, and community service projects that have occurred during the past year. Because it is always inspiring to hear what others have done, a sample of some local chapter activities is included below.
The Greater Philadelphia chapter has committed to generous community service events such as providing free gym membership for patients’ parents, serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald house, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and developing an APHON Library, which consists of various book collections for patients and families on an inpatient unit.
The Greater Pittsburgh/Three Rivers chapter held several CPON® review courses during the past year to encourage certification. They also donated a photo booth at the hematology/oncology summer camp and their time and prizes at an annual carnival.
The Metro Minnesota chapter recently held its annual Advanced Topics in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Conference with more than 80 people in attendance. Topics included race and sickle cell disease, endocrine issues in pediatric oncology, a family panel on survivorship, Children’s Oncology Group updates and nursing implications, and Care But Not Too Much: The Paradoxes of Empathy, Objectivity, and Boundaries in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing.
The Louisville chapter held its 4th Annual Nursing Symposium last spring. Topics included hemophilia, aphaeresis, family panel, and return to school programs. They also held several additional educational meetings including methicillin-resistant staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enteroccus (VRE) of the pediatric oncology patient, red cell exchange, and updates from the national APHON conference.
The San Antonio chapter held its 14th Annual Bits and Pieces of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing event last fall; topics included chronic graft- versus-host disease, adolescent/young adults, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, sickle cell disease, survivorship, sarcomas, and the role of child life specialists.
The Long Island, Metro New York, and New Jersey chapters worked together on the Tri-Chapter Conference, "Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Getting to the Core of the Matter" which was held in April and was a big success, with over
80 people in attendance. A wide range of topics that included Hematology, Leukemia, Solid tumors, and Bone Marrow Transplant were covered. The speakers included Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses and a Social Worker. This is a great example of how chapters who are in close proximity can combine resources and bring nurses together.
The Twenty-Fourth annual SCAPHON regional 2-day educational conference, “Rising to the Top,” was held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California. The location provided a wonderful environment for learning, relaxing and networking within their Hematology/Oncology nursing community. Topics included Healthcare Reform and the impact on nursing, Sickle Cell Disease, Aplastic Anemia, ALL, Fertility Issues for cancer survivors, International Outreach in pediatric hematology/oncology, Melanoma, Pain and Palliative care, and new Infectious Disease medications. The conference was attended by 237 nurses, including 25 new APHON members. Over 19 institutions were represented, with attendees from Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and New York. As always, one of the SCAPHON conference highlights was the raffle; this year raising over $3,800 to fund four $1,000 scholarships for childhood cancer survivors. Additionally, the SCAPHON Community Service Project donated 59 Sleeping bags, 131 pairs of flip flops, 350 pairs of socks, 80 sweatshirts and 57 sweatpants and 1 case of cough drops and lip balm to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
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