Paper Presentation: Education Across the Cancer Care Continuum — A Nurse-Driven, Evidence-Based Education Program for Newly Diagnosed Pediatric Oncology Patients (204-1)

Most newly diagnosed pediatric oncology patients begin their disease trajectory in the inpatient setting, but this initial hospitalization has become shorter as more care is provided in the outpatient setting. This creates a short timeframe for families to process the diagnosis, adapt to new roles, and acquire essential knowledge and care-management skills. Parents who feel inadequately prepared often struggle to care for their child at home; this might result in increased stress, poorer patient outcomes, and increased emergency department visits and readmissions.

Career Development Networking Event (CDW)

Calling attendees of all ages, at all stages! Join us for this networking event to discuss with your peers' career development resources, opportunities and much more. Whether you’re new to the field or have several years of experience, APHON wants to help you achieve your career goals.

I-131 Metaiodobenzylguanidine Therapy: It Takes a Village; The Experience Gained at Three Institutions (007)

Despite aggressive treatment, patients with high-risk neuroblastoma have a 40%-60% chance of suffering a relapse. Recent improvements in survival have resulted from changes in treatment during consolidation (tandem myeloablative stem cell transplants) and post-consolidation (immunotherapy) time periods. The neuroblastoma community has been struggling to identify treatments that can be integrated into induction therapy with the goal of further improving survival rates. Consequently, I-131 Metaiodobenzylguanidine (I-131 MIBG) has been moved to the induction treatment period due to its history of success in the treatment of patients with relapsed refractory disease (approximately 40% of patients have a favorable response to treatment with I-131 MIBG).

Giving Evidence-Based Practice Back to the Bedside Nurse (006)

Bedside nurses who care for hematology and oncology patients on our 34-bed unit expressed an ethical responsibility to ensure the care they provided was based on the most current and highest quality literature. In response, the Evidence-Based Practice Workgroup (EBPW) was established four years ago and has become a model for implementing strategies to facilitate EBP and empower bedside nurses to implement changes in clinical practice. PICO questions are presented during EBPW meetings.

International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing (005)

The International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing preconference workshop will introduce attendees to the current global pediatric oncology nursing landscape. A documentary vignette, “How I Live” by Persistent Productions, will provide an overview of the challenges and successes surrounding treatment in limited-resource countries through stories of patients, families, and healthcare professionals. This educational and emotionally impactful vignette will highlight the survival disparity between low- and high-income countries. Presentations featuring international initiatives and programs will follow.

Spirituality, Moral Distress, Unconscious Bias and Caring for Yourself in Pediatric Palliative Care (004)

Palliative care seeks to relieve, soothe, and prevent suffering for children with serious illness, including those with cancer and serious blood disorders. This suffering may be physical, emotional, social, spiritual, or environmental. Palliative care is one strategy to address actual and potential suffering in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing practice. APHON has a long history of palliative care initiatives. In 2002, APHON members were instrumental in developing the Precepts of Palliative Care for Children and Adolescents, and in 2003, APHON members attended the first ELNEC-Pediatric training. From the early 2000s to the present, APHON has strived to attend to the needs of educating members on the integration of palliative care into pediatric hematology/oncology care.

What To Expect After Earning a Doctoral Degree in Nursing: An Interactive Workshop to Facilitate Your Success (003)

There is a growing emphasis on higher education in nursing. The Institute of Medicine [IOM] report Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health outlined mechanisms to achieve these goals (IOM, 2010). The number of nurse professionals enrolling in terminal degree programs, either the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), is increasing among APHON members. This interactive workshop is designed to address the inquiries of members interested in pursuing terminal degrees and sharing experiences of employment opportunities after earning a doctorate.

Recognition Breakfast for Certified Oncology Nurses: Inspired Nurse (RB)

19 1CNE Nursing is one of the few professions that affords one the opportunity to impact lives on such a profound level, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. Yet the same qualities that make nursing so deeply rewarding can also make it a challenge, over time, to sustain your energy and passion. Whether on the frontlines of direct patient care or in any part of the Nursing spectrum we all need to feel attached to the “why” of our work.  

Hiking in Big Basin State Park (HIKE)


Join APHON member and veteran hiker, Rich Ramos, as he leads you on a  6 OR 12-mile loop to Berry Creek Falls in the Big Basin State Park. Located less than 1 hour from downtown San Jose, Big Basin Redwoods State Park offers spectacular scenery and fun for all. The Berry Creek Falls Loop is likely the favorite hike for most outdoor enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the park name suggests, the 12-mile trail loop is nestled in a towering coastal redwood forest. At the loop's apex is a set of spellbinding falls (Silver Falls and Golden Falls) that rise 70 feet.

Santa Cruz Wine Tour (W01)


Join your APHON colleagues for a day of wine, fun and extraordinary scenery. Less than an hour from downtown San Jose lies the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region; one of the most unique and beautiful environments in the world. We'll leave from the San Jose Marriott promptly at 9 am and head towards the Santa Cruz mountains for our day of wine tasting, vineyard tours, and fun.