Saturday, September 17

All session times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), UTC -4
2:15 pm – 2:35 pm

Do Parents Protect Themselves When Administering Home Oral Chemotherapy to Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia? (235-1)

As part of cancer treatment, parents of children with cancer are expected to administer multiple medications to their child in the home setting (Landier et al., 2016). Safe practices in delivering oral chemotherapy are an essential part of the education of parents of children with cancer (Rodgers et al., 2018). Little is known about what parents actually do in the home setting to protect themselves from exposure when administering oral chemotherapy.


2:45 pm – 3:05 pm

Association of Health Literacy with Comprehension of Key New Diagnosis Education Concepts in Parents/Caregivers of Children with Cancer (235-2)

Parents/caregivers of children newly diagnosed with cancer are expected to adequately care for their child at home upon hospital discharge, which entails understanding how to manage medication schedules, recognize key signs and symptoms, and access care emergently (Landier et al., 2016).
2:55 pm –3:15 pm

Primary Caregivers’ Knowledge Attitudes and Beliefs toward Palliative Care for Children with Cancer (235-3)

Parents of children with cancer perform a myriad of caregiving tasks related to Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) along the illness trajectory. Yet, their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs (KAB) toward PPC remain underexplored, especially in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) where care relies heavily on the family. A better understanding of parent KAB would inform effective strategies to support the integration of PPC into the care of children with cancer and their families.

The purpose of this two-phase multicenter study among primary caregivers of children with cancer in Lebanon was to examine their KAB toward PPC in order to uncover areas for improvement, to determine factors associated with KAB, and identify primary caregivers’ PPC tasks in caring for their children with cancer.

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Closing Keynote: Being The Nurse You Want To Be (105)

The pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for nurses that have eroded their well-being and integrity.  The consequences include a disorienting reality that has challenged many nurses' identity and purpose.  Who are we now? What does it mean to be a nurse in this new reality?  This experiential session will explore the ways nursing identity has evolved during the pandemic, explore the gap between where we are and our desired future, and propose strategies for transforming it to reflect the nurse you want to be.
Cynda Rushton, PhD RN
CNE Hours