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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

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

This position paper provides recommendations for the quality of care given to sickle cell patients transitioning into adult hematology care. Published Year: 2014
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Ambulatory Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Practice

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. Published Year: 2009

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Educating the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse

This position paper provides APHON's recommendations about the education needs and standards for the pediatric hematology/oncology nurse. Published Year: 2011

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

This position paper provides APHON's position on discussions regarding fertility preservation with patients and families. Published Year: 2012

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

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. Published Year: 2010

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Social Media in the Workplace

This position paper provides APHON's recommendation on the use of social media by pediatric hematology/oncology nurses. Published Year: 2011

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Endorsed Guidelines

Psychosocial Standards of Care for children with Cancer and Their Families

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. Release Date: December 2015

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Baseline Standards for Paediatric Oncology Nursing Care 

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. Release Date: June 2014

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