Reply To: APHON Fundamentals

  • Carie Murphy

    April 25, 2023 at 5:42 am

    We do give the APHON Foundations Course & Chemo/Bio to our new Peds Hem/Onc RNs.  We receive very good feedback from the Foundations Course & I do feel it helps the RN understand disease processes, care of the peds hem/onc patient, and nursing care/assessment, etc.  The course is beneficial for so many reasons, in my opinion.  After successfully completing the Chemo/Bio class, each RN has to administer three different chemo agents with a preceptor.  There is a CBO they must complete and sign, along with the preceptor, validating the skills performed, etc.  Hope this helps!


    Carie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPON

    Peds Hem/Onc/BMT Educator

    Wolfson Children’s Hospital

    800 Prudential Drive, Weaver Tower 4

    Jacksonville, FL  32207

    ( (904)202-0520


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    Original Message:
    Sent: 4/24/2023 7:48:00 PM
    From: Shannon Weller
    Subject: APHON Fundamentals

    The upper management at my Children’s Hospital is talking about cutting our APHON Fundamentals Course and only providing the Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Course.  I’m wondering what other hospitals do for educating their new Heme/Onc nurses.  The Fundamentals Course has so much information in it that I feel it’s necessary but per our hospital policy only the Chemo/Bio course is required.  Also, how do you orient your new nurses to give chemotherapy/biotherapy?  Do you team them up with an experienced nurse for a few shifts or does your clinical preceptors check them all off?  Thanks so much!

    Shannon Weller, BSN-RN, CPN, CPHON
    Clinical Preceptor – Inpatient Pediatrics
    WVU Medicine Children’s
    Morgantown, WV
    United States