Reply To: Stem Cell Transplant Education

  • Kelly ONeill

    December 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    We have nurses orient to Hem/Onc for a year before we orient them to BMT. We hold a BMT Class that covers all the basics of transplant, nursing care, and follow up. It is a home grown class presented by members of our BMT team (physicians, APRNs, PAs, child life, social work, nutrition, pharmacy, nursing). At this time we do not utilize the Foundations of Pediatric Hematopopietic Stem Cell Transplant: Core Curriculum, but are looking at possibly using it in the future to augment our current class, or to offer “refresher” lectures to seasoned staff,


    Kelly O’Neill
    Children’s Mercy Hospital
    Kansas City, MO
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 12-18-2013 08:37 AM
    From: Maritza Salazar Abshire
    Subject: Stem Cell Transplant Education

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Nurse Educators and Bone Marrow Transplant .
    Good Afternoon Everyone,

    I have two questions for those of you that have Stem Cell Transplant patients housed on the same unit as the Heme/Onc patients as we do at The Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

    1. What is the education process you have for the transplant nurses? Do you wait any amount of time before allowing them to care for transplant patients or is it part of their initial orientation process?
    Presently we wait until the RN has been on the unit for a year before we “certify” them to care for transplant patients. Once they’ve achieved a year of tenure on the unit I hold a transplant class, which includes lectures and hands on education regarding care of the transplant patient, these lectures are given by faculty and staff involved in the Stem Cell Transplant process- physicians, pharmacists, PT/OT, child life, nursing etc.
    2. I’d like to know if anyone uses the APHON/PBMTC Foundations of Pediatric Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Transplantation; Core Curriculum to educate their staff? What are your thoughts? Do you use this program to augment any other didactic program or do you use it as a continuing education tool?

    thanks for your replies-

    Maritza Salazar Abshire MEd, RN, CPHON
    Nurse Educator
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    United States