APHON’s mission is to support and advance nurses in the effort to optimize outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults with blood disorders and cancer and their families. The APHON 2021–2024 Strategic Plan has identified advocacy for the expertise, research, and resources needed to advance the profession and provide care for our patients as one of four pillars vital to fulfilling this mission.
Nurses are incredibly effective advocates because they are trusted by patients and the public. As an APHON advocate, you will be part of a network of members who are knowledgeable, ready to communicate with policymakers, and equipped to cultivate relationships with legislative stakeholders, and who will help establish APHON as the leading voice for expertise in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing. APHON's Advocacy Committee works to ensure pediatric hematology/oncology nurses are kept apprised of relevant legislative and regulatory issues while providing strategies for APHON nurses to participate in advocacy opportunities. This session will engage members and give them the opportunity to learn from and interact with current APHON advocates and the Advocacy Committee. Attendees will be given the knowledge, insight, and inspiration to take the next step in leveraging their skills to bring about enduring changes that will improve outcomes for patients and their families.