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.
Update 30/7/2019 – Essential Orientation to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing training course from St. Jude’s. 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: https://cancerpointe.com/professional-resources/
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: https://www.cure4kids.org/classrooms/course/view.php?id=159
St. 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): https://www.cure4kids.org/ums/home/courses/detail/content.php?courses_id=31
- Exploring Evidence-Based Practice: https://www.cure4kids.org/ums/home/courses/detail/content.php?courses_id=189
- Conceptos Básicos de Quimioterapia para Enfermeras de América Latina (Chemo Basics for Latin America Nurses): https://www.cure4kids.org/ums/home/courses/detail/content.php?courses_id=203
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: https://learning.cclg.org.uk/login/index.php.
Boston Children’s Hospital
More on-line resources are available on OpenPediatrics from Boston Children’s Hospital: https://www.openpediatrics.org/
- Accessing a port: https://www.openpediatrics.org/assets/video/procedural-demonstration-accessing-port
- Understanding complete blood counts: https://www.openpediatrics.org/assets/video/understanding-complete-blood-counts
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.
This year SIOP is in Lyon, France from 23rd – 29th October 2019. There are reduced fees for nurses from Low and Middle Income Countres, and the ‘Early Bird’ registration ends on 31st July. Find out more, or register, by following this link: https://siop-online.org/event/siop-2019/. This is Low- and Middle-Income Countries as designated by World Bank. Click here for details.
The SIOP PODC Business meeting will be held on the afternoon of October 22 from 13:00-16:00. Please attend this meeting to learn more about PODC activities.
As well as the annual international congress, there are SIOP meetings every 2 years in Africa and in Asia. These meetings also have excellent nursing programmes. See below for details.
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: https://siop-online.org/become-a-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: https://cure4kids.org/ums/home/groups/detail/?groups_id=338
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: https://www.ghccpod.com/13-podc-nursing-2/
11. Nurses are the final common pathway for safe care: The importance of baseline nursing standards with the SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group.
Click here to listen: https://www.ghccpod.com/11-podc-nursing-1/
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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 – KunkelRA@archildrens.org
Rachel Hollis RN (Child), BA Hons, MHSc, FRCN – firstname.lastname@example.org