11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, August 19

Playing on Our Strengths – Developing Interprofessional Teams in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (227)

1CH  The care of pediatric hematology/oncology patients requires a diverse team of healthcare professionals. Interprofessional collaboration between these disciplines improves coordination of care, communication, and patient safety. However, the “how-to” of interprofessional team development is infrequently incorporated in healthcare professional training programs.

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11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, August 19

Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing in Low and Mid Income Countries (226)

1CH  Approximately 80% of children with cancer live in low and mid-income countries, where survival rates are as low as 20%. These dismal outcomes are in sharp contrast with the remarkable improvements in survival noted in children who live in high-income countries. Nurses are crucial to the provision of quality pediatric oncology care, yet many nurses worldwide lack the essential education, support, and resources needed to reach their potential.

In response, baseline global standards for pediatric oncology nursing were published in 2014. The standards outline essential components of a quality nursing program, including safe staffing levels, formalized orientation and ongoing education, acknowledgment of nurses as core team members, available resources for safe care, and policies to drive evidence-based care.

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7:30 – 8:30 am Friday, August 18

Strengthening the Local Chapters of APHON through Networking (LCM)

1CH  The Local Chapter Committee Liaisons and Chapter Leaders will convene to discuss topics that affect the functioning of local chapters, such as fundraising, community service, education, and recruitment and retention. These will be discussed in a round table manner and then presented to the whole group.

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3 – 4 pm Friday, August 18

Nurse-Led Models for Enhancing the Conduct of Children’s Oncology Group Cancer Control Trials (C223)

coglogo1CH  Improvements in survival in pediatric cancer has led to a broadened focus of research that includes symptom prevention and management, patient- and caregiver-reported outcomes, and disease prevention and control. The Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Cancer Control (CCL) Domain conducts independent and embedded clinical trials to identify preventive measures and evaluate interventions to improve patient- and caregiver-reported outcomes and reduce the morbidity of cancer therapy.

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Advanced Practice Providers in Hem/Onc/BMT—Expanding the Provider’s Horizons (004)

3.25CH  Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) have a key role in the management of pediatric cancer and blood disorders. APPs require ongoing education in the specific areas of diagnosis, management, and procedures. Requested educational updates include management of oncology-specific dermatology complications; management of acute upper respiratory illness in the setting of immunosuppression; neurologic exam and pertinent associated findings; endocrinologic complications in the patient with cancer; thrombosis and management of central line associated clots; oncologic emergencies; and procedural practice of bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, and lumbar punctures.

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Leadership Series: Building the High Reliable Teams (003)

5CH  In line with APHON’s mission to optimize outcomes for pediatric cancer patients, this workshop provides pediatric hematology/oncology nurses the opportunity to learn about the five High Reliability Organization (HRO) principles, apply them to building great teams and see how HRO practices impact quality and safety provided to patients, families, and staff in pediatric healthcare.

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