6 Nov 2019: Update from the SIOP Congress at Lyon. See below.


Nurses play a key role in improving survival and decreasing suffering for children with cancer. In partnership with the SIOP PODC Nursing Group we want to help nurses find education and training resources and connect with other paediatric oncology nursing colleagues around the globe.

Global Hope Nurse Pediatric Oncology Project seminar – Nov 14 2019

We hope you will join us for the next Global HOPE Nursing Pediatric Oncology Project ECHO seminar on Thursday, Nov. 14th at 9am EST, 3pm Botswana/Malawi and 4 pm Uganda.  The topic is Pain in Children with Cancer presented by Pearl Semetsa, Principal Registered Nurse, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana.   The Zoom link to join the seminar is  Please contact to RSVP and for questions.  


A number of successful meetings, talks and workshops at SIOP Lyon. Julia Challinor received a lifetime award.  See below.



You will find a number of free access professional and clinical resources on the POINTE Website. POINTE is the operating name of the  SIOP PODC Education and Training Working Group:



Cure4Kids is another great  on-line resource on which to access education and training materials.

You have to register to use the site, but it is completely free:

There are many individual presentations and seminars on different topics of interest to nurses, and a number of on-line courses, including:

  • Essential Orientation to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing: Jude Global’s Global Nursing Program is thrilled to announce the launch of the first two modules of the Essential Orientation to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing on Cure4Kids. This self-paced, open enrollment course is intended for nurses to gain the essential knowledge to safely care for children with cancer. Each module takes approximately 60 minutes to complete, and upon completion of the lesson and successfully passing the associated quiz, each student will obtain a certificate.The first module, Nursing Assessments, includes content, videos and other tools for comprehensive pediatric nursing assessment and documentation, including communication of abnormal findings. The second module, Overview of Childhood Cancer and Treatment, includes content that describes the basis of childhood cancer, an overview of the presentation and treatment of the most common forms of childhood cancer, and an introduction to treatment modalities. More modules to be released over the next year.
  • Pediatric Palliative Care Course (from End of Life Nursing Education Consortium):
  • Exploring Evidence-Based Practice:
  • Conceptos Básicos de Quimioterapia para Enfermeras de América Latina (Chemo Basics for Latin America Nurses):



The United Kingdom Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) provide access to a free on-line course: Caring for a child or young person with cancer (for health professionals). You need to register on the site, but this is free and can be done by following this link:


Boston Children’s Hospital

More on-line resources are available on OpenPediatrics from Boston Children’s Hospital:


Find an Expert

POINTE has a database of experts, including nurses, who can offer individual support to nurses working in Low and Middle Income Countries. You will find their contact details, and the sort of help they can offer on this link:


News and events

SIOP holds an Annual Congress which brings together health care professionals of all disciplines; parents of children with cancer and others engaged in children’s cancer care across the globe.

It is a great opportunity to learn; to share innovations in care and the challenges we face, and to network with nurses from around the world. There is a full nursing programme of talks and key note lectures throughout the meeting.


The 2019 SIOP Congress in Lyon, France was attended by over 200 nurses from across 42 countries. During the Nursing educational day, joint sessions were held with the Supportive Care, Young Investigators and PODC groups. Additionally, a joint session with CCI was also held during the main congress. A momentous moment was the keynote address by Dr. Sara Day on the International Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing.

Finally, the SIOP PODC Nursing group was pleased to present recognition awards for their service over the past year to Rachel Hollis (UK; in appreciation for her work with POINTE and to develop the Sub-Saharan Nursing Network), Glenn Mbah (Cameroon; in appreciation for his work to create the International Pediatric Oncology Nurses Day posters), and Neil Ranasinghe (UK; Friend of Nursing award in appreciation for his work to develop and launch the nursing page on POINTE).

We look forward to next year’s congress in Ottawa, Canada!

SIOP Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award – Julia Challinor

Julia Challinor is a legend in her own lifetime; we are delighted that this has been recognised in the SIOP Nursing Lifetime Achievement award for 2019.

Julia is a constant and unmissable presence at any SIOP Congress. Always there to challenge, engage, debate and listen. She is a passionate advocate for nursing, and for nurses. Through SIOP she has offered friendship, mentoring and support to nurses from across the globe, and especially those from Low and Middle Income countries. Those who have been lucky enough to work with Julia know that she brings to any initiative both a clear-sighted vision and a forensic attention to detail, alongside seemingly endless energy and persistence. Julia is active ‘behind the scenes’ at SIOP and in her role as Advocacy Officer she played a critical role in bringing SIOP into formal relations with the WHO. She continues to lead the nursing contribution to the WHO Global Initiative in Childhood Cancer, ensuring that the nursing voice is heard and that the nursing contribution is maximised.

SIOP Africa

SIOP Africa meets every other year, the next meeting is in Kampala, Uganda in 2021.

In 2019 the SIOP Africa meeting was held in March in Cairo, and you can read a report (including highlights of the nursing programme) by following this link:



SIOP Asia meets every year (unless the SIOP Congress is in Asia), the next meeting is in Mumbai, India,  27th to 29th March 2020.

In 2019, the SIOP Asia meeting was held in April in Abu Dhabi, and you can view the presentations by following this link:


How to get involved

If you would like to find out more, and join with other nurses working in paediatric oncology, we would encourage you to join SIOP as a Nurse Member:

You can also join the SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group, which is hosted by ‘Cure4Kids’ – you need to register on the site to join, but this is free:





13. Nurses take charge: How to advocate for a safer working environment for staff and patients with Lorena Segovia and Linda Abramovitz

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11. Nurses are the final common pathway for safe care: The importance of baseline nursing standards with the SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group.

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POINTE Nursing Contacts

If you have any questions about any of the content on this page, or want to get involved please email Rachael or Rachel:

Rachael Kunkel BSN, RN, CPN, CPHON –

Rachel Hollis RN (Child), BA Hons, MHSc, FRCN –