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Strategies for Creating a Fertility Preservation Team


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Educating newly diagnosed cancer patients about treatment-related infertility risk and offering options for fertility preservation is nationally recommended as evidence based best practice. However, these discussions and practice vary widely between and within institutions.

Pediatric oncology nurses have the opportunity to advocate for their patient's’ future fertility by implementing strategies to educate, communicate and coordinate fertility preservation options at their institution. Creating a centralized team of multidisciplinary providers to consult with patients’ options is one way to ensure patients are informed of risk and offered appropriate preservation options. It is crucial that nurses and other healthcare providers are knowledgeable about fertility preservation options and consider institutional support and resources when creating a fertility preservation team. While discussing infertility and preservation options can be awkward and uncomfortable, there are strategies to help guide the conversation and ensure patients and families receive accurate and appropriate information.


Brooke Cherven, MPH BSN RN
Nursing Researcher/Evidence Based Practice Coordinator
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA


  1. Describe fertility preservation options and how these impact the scope of a fertility preservation program.
  2. Discuss strategies for creating and implementing a centralized fertility preservation team.
  3. Give examples of strategies for communicating infertility risk and preservation options with patients and families.

Identified Learning Gaps

As a result of attending this activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate an increase knowledge base in:

  • Adolescent and young adult (AYA) issues
Learning Outcomes
  1. The learner will be able to identify innovative strategies essential for managing the challenges facing pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and the patients we serve.
  2. The learner will demonstrate increased knowledge related to the care of children, adolescents and young adults with hematologic or oncologic disorders.

The measurement of these outcomes will be evidenced by evaluations and post testing.

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Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) Coding

The program content has been reviewed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) and is acceptable for recertification points.

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ONCC review is only for designating content to be used for recertification points and is not for CNE accreditation. CNE programs must be formally approved for contact hours by an acceptable accreditor/approver of nursing CE to be used for recertification by ONCC. If the CNE provider fails to obtain formal approval to award contact hours by an acceptable accrediting/approval body, no information related to ONCC recertification may be used in relation to the program. Have questions regarding the CPHON® ILNA Coding? Please visit the ONCC website or call them toll-free at 877.769.ONCC (US and Canada only).

Accreditation Statement

The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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A staff member, volunteer (faculty), or their family member who has an affiliation with a commercial company must declare that relationship in advance of involvement with an education activity that could be used as a forum to promote the interest of that company and its products. The material presented in this activity represents the opinion of the presenters and not necessarily the views of APHON.

Faculty and nurse planners report no conflict of interest with the content of this activity.

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No off-label use was discussed.

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