This page provides information for paediatric oncology nurses.

SIOP Africa Sub-Saharan Paediatric Oncology Nursing Network Foundation Training Programme

The Sub-Saharan Africa Paediatric Oncology Nursing Network is building on existing initiatives and partnerships focussed on nurse training and education in the region. It is  affiliated to SIOP Africa and supported by World Child Cancer UK.

The network has developed a paediatric oncology nursing curriculum relevant to Sub-Saharan Africa, which meets the SIOP baseline standards for paediatric oncology nursing in developing countries. It has been endorsed by SIOP Africa.

Click here to access the training materials.


May – Joint Educational Session of the SIOP Global Health Network Nursing and Supportive Care Working Groups

Presentation: Assessment & Management of Neuropathic Pain Speaker

Presenter: Dr Justin Baker

Date: 13 May


April – SIOP Global Health Network Nursing WG Meeting

Presentation: A Global Framework for Pediatric Cancer Communication.

Presenter: Dr Dylan Graetz (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA

Date: Thursday April 21

Time: 8.00 -9.00 AM Central time (Chicago)


March – SIOP Global Health Network Nursing WG Meeting

Presentation: The Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Presenters: Linda Abramovitz, USA, and Shenila Anwarali, Pakistan

Date: March 17, 2022


February  – SIOP Global Health Nursing WG Meeting – Abstract Preparation- Expert Tips and Tricks

Topic: Abstract Preparation- Expert Tips and Tricks (SIOP Global Health Nursing WG Meeting)

Lauri Linder will be providing invaluable guidance on abstract preparation prior to April 1st SIOP abstract deadline again- anyone welcome, great tips for those who are working on abstracts for the first or fiftieth time.

Presenter: Lauri Linder PhD, APRN, CPON , University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital, USA,

Date:  24 February 2022


January – SIOP Global Health: Combined meeting – Nutrition & Palliative Care & Nursing & Supportive Care working groups

Topic: Palliative care/feeding at the end of life

Presenter: Dr Megan Doherty, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada

Date: Wednesday 26 January 2022

Click here to watch a video of the meeting and more info about Dr Megan Doherty


Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education Project PowerPoint Modules

The SEAPHO Nursing Committee is excited to share the Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education Project.  This educational curriculum was created  for nurses in Vietnam and is available in both English and Vietnamese.  The content of these presentations provide a foundation of knowledge for new oncology nurses. The information is presented at a basic level and there are opportunities to apply the knowledge within the presentation.

SEAPHO là một tổ chức quốc tế hướng tới  sự chăm sóc tối ưu cho trẻ em mắc bệnh ung thư và rối loạn máu ở Đông Nam Á thông qua việc cung cấp đào tạo và hỗ trợ lâu dài cho các cơ quan cung cấp và chăm sóc sức khỏe địa phương.  Chúng tôi kết nối các tổ chức địa phương với các chuyên gia toàn cầu để xây dựng năng lực bền vững tại địa phương trong việc chẩn đoán, hỗ trợ và chăm sóc giảm nhẹ, cũng như công tác phát hiện chuẩn đoán sớm các bệnh ung thư và rối loạn máu ở trẻ em, giảm sự chậm trễ trong chẩn đoán và điều trị.  Chúng tôi cũng cung cấp hỗ trợ và giáo dục cho bệnh nhân, gia đình và cộng đồng, những người bị ảnh hưởng bởi bệnh ung thư và / hoặc rối loạn máu ở trẻ em.

Click here for more information and links to the modules.


September SIOP PODC Nursing and SIOP Global Health Nutrition Working Group Educational Session (Zoom)

Date: Thursday 16 September

Time:  08.00 Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Creative Approaches to Nutrition Support

Speaker: Maria Carillo, Licensed Clinical Nutritionist, Hospital Manuel de Jesus Rivera “La Mascota”, Nicaragua.

Click here for meeting details.


Making Global Connections

In this issue of Making Global Connections, several pediatric oncology nursing colleagues share their stories of their most memorable patients. As pediatric oncology nurses, we have all encountered patients and families that have had a profound impact on us, which leaves a lasting impression or influence on our lives. We hope you enjoy hearing about these experiences and that this inspires you to recall your own most memorable patients.

Click here to download.


August  SIOP PODC Nursing and SIOP Global Health Supportive Care Working Group Educational Session (Zoom)

Date: August 19, 08.00 Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Global Perspectives on Supportive Care after BMT

Speakers: Bakhtawar Altaf, BMT nurse coordinator, Aga Khan University Hospital (Pakistan) and Sophia Folk, BMT Nurse Practitioner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (USA).

Click here for video of meeting.


July SIOP PODC Nursing and Psychosocial Task Force Joint Educational Session (Zoom)

Date: July 15

Topic:  Burnout in Pediatric Oncology Nurses: SIOP PODC Nursing and Psychosocial Task Force Joint Educational Session (Zoom).

Speakers: Nicole M. Schneider, Psy.D., ABPP, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital. Co-chair of the SIOP PODC Psychosocial Task force. Dara M. Steinberg, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center. Member of the SIOP PODC Psychosocial Task force.

Click here to download meeting video, meeting slides and Burnout & Compassion Fatigue: Strategies to promote resilience one page PDF


June SIOP PODC Nursing Educational Session (Zoom)

Date: June 17

Topic:  June PODC Nursing Educational Session, held jointly with the Patient and Family Stakeholder Engagement Task Force.

Treatment Engagement and Communication between Parents, Nurses and Other Providers

Click here for video of meeting


April SIOP PODC Nursing Educational Session (Zoom)

Date: April 15

Topic:  Traditional and Complementary Medicine In Pediatric Oncology: What Nurses Need to Know

Speaker: Mohammad Alqudimat, Co-chair PODC Traditional and Complementary and Medicine Task Force

Click here for video of meeting


March SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group Meeting

Date: March 18

Topic: Update on Safe Chemotherapy Handling for Chemotherapy Nurses

Speaker: Sherif Kamal, co-chair of POCD Onco-Pharmacy Task Force

Click here for video of meeting


16 Feb 2021

Making Global Connections Newsletter

In honor of International Childhood Cancer Day, the SIOP PODC Nursing Working group have released the newest edition of the Making Global Connections Newsletter.

Click here to download.


21 January 2021

PODC Nursing and Palliative Educational Session

PODC Nursing and Palliative Educational Session: Pediatric Palliative Care in the Home Setting in LMICs: Challenges and Solutions

Click here for more information.


 Video: Inspiring story from Tina Baggott – Paediatric Oncology Nurse, Family Centered Care in Pediatric Oncology. This is from the November 2020 SIOP PODC Nursing Educational Meeting.

20 Stories for 2020: Pediatric Oncology Nurses in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

In celebration of September 8, 2020, the Day of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse, the SIOP PODC Nurse Working Group is happy to share a video recognizing the hard work and high professionalism of our nurses. Thank you for the care and support you provide to children, adolescents and their families around the world.


2 December 2020

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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.


New:  Making Global Connections June 2020

Newsletter of the SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group. COVID-19 has disrupted our normal ways of caring for pediatric oncology patients. Inside, how nurses around the world have adapted and risen to these new challenges.

Click here to download the pdf.


New:  Global HOPE Project ECHO Seminars

Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer and Hematology Centers’ Global HOPE program invites you to join their free seminar series in collaboration with Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Using the web conferencing application ZOOM*, case-based learning seminars are organized around essential Paediatric oncology nursing care and paediatric palliative care issues. The objectives of these free seminars are to provide an education platform for nurses caring for children with cancer and health care providers caring for children at the end of life.

Click here for details, dates and how to register.


New:  Global HOPE Learning Academy – Promoting excellence in Paediatric oncology and hematology

The Global HOPE OPEN COURSE Learning Academy is focused on education opportunities for professionals caring for children with cancer and hematology disorders in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Learning Academy includes free didactic courses that consist of modules that provide a series of presentations and videos discussing the didactic information

Click here for details, dates and how to register.


ISNCC Global Classroom – Reflections and learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic – 4 June

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) are piloting a virtual global classroom for cancer nurses. Thursday at 1pm UK time and the first session is looking at reflections and learning from COVID-19 and there are speakers from China and the UK. The second session is two weeks after and then once a month. They are being held on a Thursday at 1pm UK time. All sessions are free for people from low income countries.

To register visit:

Click here to download the leaflet for the meeting on Thursday 4 June.

Click here to download a pdf about future meetings.

SIOP PODC Nursing meetings

The SIOP PODC Nursing group hold monthly meetings. These are held over Cure4Kids. Click here for more information about these meetings including how to attend, when they are held and presentation slides from previous meetings.

Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center

Click here to download a PDF about the Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer. This has a section especially for nurses.

Baseline Nursing Standards video

In this YouTube video Lisa Morrissey, Glenn Mbah Afungchwi and Julia Challinor from the SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group discuss the six baseline nursing standards that help in delivering safe and effective care. Produced by Global Health & Childhood Cancer.

Making Global Connections Feb 2020

In our first Global Connection Newsletter of the decade, we would like to highlight several key milestones over the last decade, and the contributions of the SIOP PODC Nursing Group.

Click here to download.

Read Rachel Hollis’s great blog on ICCD and Year of the nurse

International Childhood Cancer Day in the Year of the Nurse

Submitted by Rachel Hollis, RN (Child). MHSc, FRCN, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The 15th of February is International Childhood Cancer Day, and this year it is particularly significant for nurses looking after children and adolescents with cancer across the globe. 2020 is the year when the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) converges with the WHO and International Council of Nurses’ Year of the Nurse and Midwife. We have an unprecedented opportunity to bring childhood cancer, and children’s cancer nurses, to the attention of policymakers, service providers, physicians, and our nursing community.

Read the blog at:


Scholarships for nurses to attend the SIOP Annual Congress – Ottawa 2020

For each annual meeting, SIOP provides scholarships to paediatric oncology nurses who have insufficient resources to participate and to travel to the meeting. Successful candidates will receive financial support towards their travel and accommodation costs up to EUR 1500 and free registration to the annual meeting.


Scholarships for people to attend the SIOP Annual Congress – Ottawa 2020

For each annual meeting, SIOP provides scholarships to people who have insufficient resources to participate and to travel to the meeting. Successful candidates will receive financial support towards their travel and accommodation costs up to EUR 1500 and free registration to the annual meeting.


Open access article: An ethical imperative: Safety and specialization as nursing priorities of WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer

On behalf of SIOP PODC Nursing Group, we are glad to share the the link of recently published open access article in Pediatric Blood and Cancer “An ethical imperative: Safety and specialization as nursing priorities of WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer”:
The paper illustrates the hurdles encountered by our nurses in resource limited settings. Please share so pediatric oncology care providers and the policy-makers at local, national and international levels can read for a proper understanding of these important issues within LMICs, advocate properly and implement recommendations.


APHON International Nurse Scholarship

The APHON International Nurse Scholarship provides an opportunity for two pediatric hematology/oncology nurses from low- or middle-income countries to attend the APHON Annual Conference & Exhibit each year.⁣

The 44th Annual Conference will be held September 3-5, 2020 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, New York. ⁣

We will keep you posted as APHON opens the application process!⁣


SIOP 2020

52nd Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology⁣

October 14-17, 2020⁣

Ottawa, Canada⁣

“𝐍𝐨 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐧𝐨 𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐥 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐞𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬”

SIOP 2020 will continue the spirit of international collaboration as oncologists, nurses, psychologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, parents and other caregivers join efforts, for a world free of childhood cancer.

Experience 4 outstanding days of cutting-edge science, engaging debates and networking with world renowned experts.

You can also actively participate in the Congress by submitting your abstract to SIOP 2020. Review the abstract topics and submit by April 1, 2020.

Stay tuned for more exciting SIOP 2020 updates!
For more information:



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, see Paediatric oncology nurses – SIOP PODC needs you – how to get involved. This provides a lot of information for how paediatric oncology nurses can get more involved in SIOP and Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC).





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

Click here to listen:

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 –