Conference Purpose and Outcomes


APHON is committed to excellence in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing practice. This is accomplished by members and colleagues teaching one another current trends and new information, as well as learning from and sharing previous experiences.

Learning Outcomes

APHON is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is responsible for developing and evaluating individual educational activities in compliance with current ANCC Accreditation Program criteria. ANCC recently released new criteria which have shifted from a focus on behavioral learning objectives to outcome-based education. With this in mind, the Annual Conference Planning committee determined the following for the 2018 program:

This conference is designed to address the following identified learning gaps in knowledge, skills and practice:


Sickle Cell Disease | Thalassemia | ITP | Hemophilia | Von Willebrand Disease | Thrombosis | Aplastic Anemia | Hematology Pharmacology


Brain Tumors | Osteosarcoma | Radiation Therapy (including proton beam) | Antiemetic Therapy/Supportive Care | Neuroblastoma (staging/treatment/protocols/MIBG therapy) | Chemotherapy (symptom management/strategies/protocols/late effects)


Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Transplantation (trends and innovative therapies in unrelated and cord blood transplants) | Post HPCT complications and management (GVHD, SOS, Graft Rejection)

Advanced Practice

Prescribing Practices | APNs in the outpatient/inpatient setting | NP coverage in the off hours | Billing/Coding Challenges and Successes | Telemedicine (billing for triaging) | NP Residence/Fellowship Programs

General Clinical Practice

Genetics (education/therapy/effect treatment plans) | Disease Related Biology | Complementary Therapies | Health Therapy Alternatives | Dealing with difficult families | End of Life/Palliative Care | Radiology/Imaging Opioid Challenges


Adult learning principles for Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Instructors Professional Development Topics (professional writing for grants, abstracts or articles)


Evidence-Based Practice | Nursing standards for oncology care (basic classes/team building/supporting)| Self-Care/Resiliency


Healthcare Updates and Policies Emergency Preparedness

New or Emerging Therapies

Clinical trials | Molecular guided therapy | New and upcoming treatment strategies/treatment protocols | Immunotherapy | CAR T-cell therapy


Adolescent/Young Adult | Survivorship Topics

Description of Current State

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing is a continuously evolving field of practice, but many nurses report they are challenged to keep up with new and innovative therapies being used to treat their patients as well as current trends in hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant and other aspects of care.

Description of Desired/Achievable State

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology nurses need to have the knowledge, skills and the ability to apply new information learned as they care for their patients, families and themselves.

The learning outcomes for the 2018 Annual Conference are the following:

Learning Outcome 1:

The learner will be able to identify innovative strategies essential for managing the challenges facing pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and the patients we serve.

Learning Outcome 2:

The learner will demonstrate increased knowledge related to the care of children, adolescents and young adults with hematologic or oncologic disorders and self-care.

The measurement of these outcomes will be evidenced by pre and post testing as well as the results of 30, 60 and 90-day surveys.