Local Chapter Annual Incentive Contest

The local chapter incentive contest encourages local chapters to focus on achieving goals in a designated area each year. Every chapter is eligible and is encouraged to participate in the incentive contest. Read on to see how to build up points through celebrating Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day

What Is It?

Established in 2010 by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON), Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day is celebrated each year on September 8. The local chapter incentive contest will focus on celebrating the wonderful work that you do! We encourage APHON local chapters to celebrate Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day with their chapter and the hospitals that support their local chapter. 

Ways to Participate

Chapters that celebrate Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day will earn points for various activities. Below are different ways to celebrate, and the point level for each. The list includes large and small ways to celebrate and recognize the amazing nurses in our specialty.

Get Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day Recognized at the state level.

Get this day recognized in your state by submitting a proclamation request.

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Local Media Recognition

Have Pediatric Nurses’ Day recognized in media outlets to receive points.

  1. Local TV News
  2. Local Newspapers
  3. Local Radio

Photo Submissions

APHON wants to be involved! Share any photos with captions about how your chapter celebrated the day and earn 80 points for each photo submitted (up to 25 photos will earn points).

Have the Day Recognized at Your Hospital

Promote Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day within the institution that supports your chapter in one of the following ways to earn points:

  1. Intranet posting recognizing the day.
  2. Display posters within the hospital(s) that support your chapter.
  3. Place celebratory balloons in the nursing break rooms.
  4. Ice cream socials or another special treat giveaway.

Organize or sponsor a self-care activity for pediatric hematology/oncology nurses

Internal Recognition

Establish an internal way to recognize pediatric hematology/oncology nurses in institutions that support your chapter. Below are a few suggestions to get you started.

  1. Issue certificates of appreciation.
  2. Social media posts recognizing a nurse of the day, week, or month.
  3. Send an internal e-mail recognizing a nurse of the day, week, or month.
  4. Distribute Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses’ Day pins or wear them if you already own one.

Thank You Program

Create a thank you program for nurses and patients to thank/recognize individual nurses. Below are a few suggestions to get you started.

  1. Thank you note cards that can be given to individual nurses by colleagues or patients and families.
  2. Flowers
  3. Chocolates

Create Your Own

Have a creative mind? Create your own way to recognize nurses in your chapter.

Submit Your Chapter Application

The receiving chapter receives a $500 honorarium, recognition on the APHON website, and a press release.


Completed applications are due September 27.

Past Recipients

  • 2022: Bay Area Chapter
  • 2021: Bay Area Chapter
  • 2020: Central Illinois Chapter
  • 2019: Central Illinois Chapter
  • 2016: Louisville Chapter
  • 2015: Wisconsin & Kansas City Chapters
    • Highest Percentage of Chapter Members that Became a CPHON
  • 2014: Wisconsin Chapter
    • Highest Percentage of Members that Cast a Vote in the Annual Election
  • 2013: Boston Chapter
    • Highest Percentage of Members that Cast a Vote in the Annual Election
  • 2012: Boston Chapter
    • Highest Number of Submissions in the Annual Day in the Life of a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Photo & Caption Contest
  • 2010: Seattle Chapter
    • Highest Percentage of Associate Members of APHON National
  • 2009: Metro New York Chapter
    • Highest Percentage of Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Providers as Chapter Members
  • 2008: New Jersey & Maine Chapters
    • Highest Percentage of CPON Certified Chapter Members
  • 2007: First State Delaware Chapter
    • Largest Percentage Increase of APHON National Members Within the Chapter

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