Reply To: APHON Fundamentals

  • Janet DeJean

    April 25, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Shannon,

    We provide several classes for our new hires.

    ·         Core Classes (similar to APHON Fundamentals)

    o   Two days – Hematology and Oncology

    ·         Foundations Course

    o   One day

    §  Unit culture

    §  Reviewing policies & procedures

    §  Skills

    ·         pumps

    ·         ports

    ·         dressing changes

    ·         cap changes

    ·         labs

    ·         blood cultures

    ·         Chemo/Bio

    o   Two days

    §  Paired with a preceptor for orientation 

    §  Learn to give chemo with their preceptor (very likely learn how to give it prior to chemo/bio class, just can’t be one of the primary checkers)

    §  Checked off by the preceptor after chemo/bio class

    ·         BMT new hires will also complete the BMT course.


    I hope this helps.  Please feel free to email or call with questions.


    Janet DeJean, MSN-Informatics, RN, CPON

    Clinical Specialist

    Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Centers

    Texas Children’s Hospital

    6621 Fannin Street |B.0780.18 | Houston, Tx  77030 

    (: 832-822-4870 | Ê: 832-825-4557

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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