Advocacy is a fundamental concept of nursing practice. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics emphasizes the importance of advocacy stating: “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.”
Patient advocacy is woven throughout excellence in nursing practice and pediatric hematology/oncology nurses are skilled and passionate advocates for the health and well-being of their patients and families. Advocacy, however, should not be limited to the bedside. Pediatric hematology/oncology nurses can use the same skills to influence the public policy, laws, and budgets that impact our profession and the children and adolescents we treat. By using our expertise, relationships, personal experiences, social media, messaging, and the APHON Health Policy and Advocacy committee, pediatric hematology/oncology nurses can educate government officials and the public to help bring about critical changes necessary for the optimal care and treatment of our patients and families.
- Opening Keynote: Secrets Everyone in Health Care Needs to Know (101)
- General Session: International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Initiatives: Challenges and Opportunities (102)
- A Sustainable Community Engagement Program Model to Address Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Education Needs for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease (201)
- The First 6 months: Health Care in the United States under a new President (213)
- Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Pediatric Hem/Onc/BMT Patients: An Update and Appraisal of the Evidence (203)
- Beth Siever, MSN RN CPNP CPON®