ANCC Guidelines and Requested Topics for Abstracts

conference session1APHON is seeking high-quality late-breaking abstracts for the fall conference. The late-breaking abstracts must be NEW abstracts. Previous abstracts that were not accepted for the 2021 conference cannot be revised and resubmitted at this time.

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. Current ANCC criteria are focused on outcome-based education.

The Poster Abstract Closes July 6, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Learning Gaps

A “learning or professional practice gap” is the term used to describe a learner’s deficiencies and educational needs, which if eliminated results in improvements in knowledge, competence, and/or performance that can potentially improve health outcomes. Gaps may be defined as the difference between “the way things are” (current state) and “the way they should be” (desired/achievable state).

This conference is designed to address the following identified learning gaps

The following topics are requested for submission to address learning gaps identified by previous conference attendees.


Red Cell Disorders (Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia) | Platelet disorders (ITP and Platelet Function Defects) | Bleeding Disorders (Hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease) | Thrombosis/Clotting | Vascular Malformations | Aplastic Anemia and Bone Marrow Failure


Solid non-CNS Tumors | Hematologic Malignancies (Leukemia and Lymphoma) | CNS Tumors |  Oncologic Complications/Emergencies | Histiocytic Disorders (LCH and HLH) | End of Therapy/Completion of Treatment

Cellular Therapies

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant | Post HSCT Complications and Management (GVHD, SOS, Graft Rejection) | Stem Cell Transplant for Nonmalignant Disorders | CAR-T | CRISPR | Other cellular therapies

General Clinical Practice

Genetics (education/therapy/effect and treatment plans) | Disease-Related Biology | Complementary Therapies | Health Therapy Alternatives |Ethical Dilemmas | Radiology/Imaging

Supportive Care

Pain Management | Integrative Medicine | Complementary and Alternative Therapies | Transfusion Therapy/Blood Utilization | Infection Control/Prophylaxis/CLABSI | Nutritional Support | Fertility Preservation | Transition to Adult Care | Survivorship/Late Effects | End of Life/Palliative Care

Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA)

Development Considerations | Incorporation of AYA in Pediatric Programs | Program Development | Transition to Adult Care


Phase 1 and 2 Clinical Trials | Molecular Guided Therapy | Biotherapy/Immunotherapy | Targeted Therapy | USP 800 

Advanced Practice

Clinical Pearls and Tips | Diagnostic Dilemmas | Procedure Training and Competency | Prescribing Practices | Professional Practice | Scope of Practice Boundaries | Pharmacology | Opioid Prescribing Challenges | Documentation of Outcomes | Critical Conversations

Nursing Practice

Burnout | Coordination/Navigation of Care | Disparities | Emotional Intelligence | Evidence-Based Practice | Quality Improvement | Standards for Care | Self-Care/Resiliency | Professional Boundaries | Legislative Updates | Generational Differences in Nurses | Mentoring

Nurse Education and Professional Development

Adult Learning Principles | Orientation for RNs and APNs | NP Residency/Fellowship Programs | Leader at all Levels of Practice | Professional Writing (for grants, abstracts or journal/publications | Creating Professional Presentations | Virtual Teaching Strategies

General Practice

Cytokine Release Syndrome | Genetics (general principles, diagnostic/prognostic/therapeutic implications) | Disease-Related Biology | Radiology/Imaging | Radiation Therapy


Addiction/Substance abuse following cancer treatment | Distress Assessment/Management | Mental/Emotional Support | Ethical Considerations | Economic Challenges | Adherence | Cultural Implications


Diversity and Inclusion | Healthcare Updates & Policies | Team Building


Covid-19 Impact | Innovative approaches to care during COVID-19 | Telehealth

Description of the 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, current trends in hematology/oncology/cellular therapies, and external influences on care.

Description of desired/achievable state:

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

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the 2021 Annual Conference are the following:

Learning Outcome 1:

The learner will be able to incorporate or identify 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 while implementing self-care strategies.

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.

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