Reply To: Establishing a CPHON Review Course

  • Vanessa Bertini

    January 30, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    We have done just that at CHKD.

    Ours is reflective of the exam outline, but more so mirrors the content of the “Essentials of Pediatric HemeOnc Nursing: A Core Curriculum.”

    As clinical Practice and Education Specialist, and in partnership with the outpatient equal, we created  a design in which we broke the material down into 18 sections, and we meet for 1.5 hours every other week,(as this was our group’s preference). The first hour is sharing and review of the topic, with the  participants taking the role of  “teacher,” as they are preassigned to 2-3 topics during the course. They provide the notes for the group and facilitate the discussion, scenarios, case study, interactive game or whatever they prepared to help the group cement the information. If there is a “expert” on the subject that is available to facilitate, we invite them as well, for instance our Late Effects RN, our Sickle Cell NP, our HO Social Worker, etc.

     The last 15-30 minutes, we review test questions collected over the years, and breakdown why the answer is right and the others are not. This is the fourth such class we’ve taught in the past 6 years and it has had positive results, not to mention, there is a general bond building between the group and an increased vigor on the unit to become the next such group. We allow people to come who are interested and not ready to take the test as well, although they usually dwindle. The study session is cancelled if less than five people RSVP so that there is some ownership and commitment to the group. So far, so good!


    Vanessa Bertini MSN RN CPN CPON

    Clinical Practice and Education Specialist

    Hematology/Oncology Unit 8B



    ——Original Message——

    Hi friends,

    Any of you have experience in creating a review course from “scratch?”

    Scratch being in quotes because we’re looking at using the test content outline and the core curriculum to guide content…but the structure and such is where we’re green.

    The questions are below:

    How many days/hours is your CPHON review course?

    Do your sections simply mirror the test content outline?

    Do you make it available to nurses outside your organization?

    Do you only allow nurses with the certification to teach the sections?

    Do you integrate questions into the sections, have a post-test, combination of these? And who creates the questions? This one is hard as they aren’t validated ONCC questions from a bank..but I’m still curious.

    Thanks for any info you have!

    Chris Donaghey, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CPN, CPHON
    Clinical Nurse Specialist – Riley Cancer Center
    Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
    Indianapolis, IN