Reply To: 2 APHON certifed nurses on mixed units

  • Laura Ortiz

    February 16, 2021 at 8:40 am

    We have had those same discussions but feel it is important to always have 2 oncology nurses.



    Laura Ortiz MS, RN, CPON

    Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program and KidCare

    Golisano Daisy Coordinator






    Original Message:
    Sent: 2/15/2021 6:23:00 PM
    From: Amy Sandoval
    Subject: 2 APHON certifed nurses on mixed units

    ​​Hello everyone,

    Question for all of you with mixed units out there. Do you require that there be at least 2 APHON certified nurses on at all times? We have shut down general pediatrics due to COVID and low census, all of the post surgical and non-contagious children are now coming to our unit. The pediatric nurses think they should be there taking care of this population, but we have always required 2 APHON nurses on if we even have 1 oncology patient in house.  Our hours of care would not allow for more nurses. We are a small unit and do take their overflow when busy, but this is all new now.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Amy Sandoval, RN, BSN, PCN, ANM
    Albuquerque, NM
    United States