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clinical practice boy music therapyAPHON has developed position papers on several clinical pediatric hematology/oncology practice topics that are written and reviewed by subject matter experts. Additionally, APHON has endorsed practice guidelines that advance the care of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders and their families.

Position Papers

American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards, Including Standards for Pediatric Oncology

Published Year: 2016

This paper provides an update to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards and to highlight standards for pediatric oncology.

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Transition of Patients with Sickle Cell Disease from Pediatric to Adult Health Care 

Published Year: 2014

This position paper provides recommendations for the quality of care given to sickle cell patients transitioning into adult hematology care.
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Ambulatory Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Practice

Published Year: 2009

This paper provides APHON’s position on patient safety and quality of care, staffing resources, chemotherapy and biotherapy administration, telephone triage guidelines, and patient education in ambulatory care. 

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Educating the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse

Published Year: 2011

This position paper provides APHON's recommendations about the education needs and standards for the pediatric hematology/oncology nurse.

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Fertility Preservation for Pediatric and Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Patients

Published Year: 2012

This position paper provides APHON's position on discussions regarding fertility preservation with patients and families. 

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Pain Management for the Child with Cancer in End of Life Care

Published Year: 2010

This position paper provides recommendations for prevention and alleviation of pain, the role of the child and parent, dosing of analgesics, and the nurses role in managing pain at the end of life. 

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Social Media in the Workplace

Published Year: 2011

This position paper provides APHON's recommendation on the use of social media by pediatric hematology/oncology nurses. 

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Endorsed Guidelines

Psychosocial Standards of Care for children with Cancer and Their Families

Release Date: December 2015

The Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families guidelines are published by the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation and provide strong recommendations for basic elements of psychosocial care for all children with cancer. 

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Baseline Standards for Paediatric Oncology Nursing Care 

Release Date: June 2014

The Baseline Standards for Paediatric Oncology Nursing Care guidelines were developed by the SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group and provide baseline standards for paediatric oncology nursing care in low to middle income countries. 

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