Reply To: APHON Fundamentals

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    April 25, 2023 at 10:15 am



    Like a few have said I think that having a foundational knowledge to care for the Hem/Onc/SCT patients is essential, especially for new graduate nurses. They need repetition and the foundation courses build up to being able to give chemo I think; parents/caregivers have a lot of questions always so good to have the background info; and then each disease can have complications etc. so such a good foundation to have overall


    For me new grads I do the foundations at week 5 and chemo at week 7



    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CPHON, BMTCN

    Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT (LC17/LC18)

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

    T 312.227.4224 | |

    225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 248, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2991


    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