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Nurses and Nursing leadership from Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers made the trip to Portland, Oregon to represent the organization at the 38th annual meeting of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON).
The nurses were not only in attendance but presented posters to share best practices from Texas Children’s with nurses from around the country. The conference’s theme was “innovate, communicate, motivate” and encouraged the chance to share innovative approaches to patient care in hematology oncology and motivate fellow nurses.
Joy Hesselgrave, Katie Crockett and Janet DeJean presented a poster on promoting pediatric oncology certification amongst nurses.
Rhoda Phillips, Janet DeJean and Paulette Reed presented a poster demonstrating the Cancer and Hematology Center’s interdisciplinary endeavor to vaccinate at least 90% of eligible leukemia patients.
Joy Hesselgrave, Tamara Dubose, Katie Crockett and Tiffany Gray presented the Inpatient Hematology/Oncology implementation of care progression rounds.
Sheranda Fesler and Pat Wills Bagnato presented a poster demonstrating outcomes of a quality improvement initiative to improve procedure start times in Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).
Robbie Norville, Pat Wills Bagnato and Denise White presented a quality improvement project on the implementation of a revised pediatric advanced warning system (PAWS) scoring tool and a Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) specific algorithm to communicate patients’ acute deterioration more efficiently.
The conference was a chance to share best practices from hematology oncology departments across the nation to learn the current and future trends in managing patients with hematology/oncology diseases. It encouraged innovative approaches to managing the challenges facing this patient population and was an opportunity for these nurses to incorporate new knowledge into daily practice.
by Hasti Taghi
Texas Children’s Hospital