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ANCC Guidelines and Requested Topics for Abstracts

conference session1APHON is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is responsible for developing and evaluating individual educational activities in compliance with current ANCC Accreditation Program criteria. ANCC recently released new criteria which has shifted from a focus on behavioral learning objectives to outcome based education.

Learning Gaps

A “learning or professional practice gap” is the term used to describe a learner’s deficiencies and educational needs, which if eliminated results in improvements in knowledge, competence and/or performance that can potentially improve health outcomes. Gaps may be defined as the difference between “the way things are” (current state) and “the way they should be” (desired/achievable state).

Topics of Interest

The following topics are requested for submission to address learning gaps identified by previous conference attendees.


Sickle Cell Disease | Thalassemia | ITP | Hemophilia | Von Willebrand Disease | Thrombosis | Aplastic Anemia | Hematology Pharmacology


Brain Tumors | Osteosarcoma | Radiation Therapy (including proton beam) | Antiemetic Therapy/Supportive Care | Neuroblastoma (staging/treatment/protocols/MIBG therapy) | Chemotherapy (symptom management/strategies/protocols/late effects)


Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Transplantation (trends and innovative therapies in unrelated and cord blood transplants) | Post HPCT complications and management (GVHD, SOS, Graft Rejection)

Advanced Practice

Prescribing Practices | APNs in the outpatient/inpatient setting | NP coverage in the off hours | Billing/Coding Challenges and Successes | Telemedicine (billing for triaging) | NP Residence/Fellowship Programs

Generial Clinical Practice

Genetics (education/therapy/effect treatment plans) | Disease Related Biology | Complementary Therapies | Health Therapy Alternatives | Dealing with difficult families | End of Life/Palliative Care | Radiology/Imaging Opioid Challenges


Adult learning principles for Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Instructors Professional Development Topics (professional writing for grants, abstracts or articles)


Evidence-Based Practice | Nursing standards for oncology care (basic classes/team building/supporting)| Self-Care/Resiliency


Healthcare Updates and Policies Emergency Preparedness

New or Emerging Therapies

Clinical trials | Molecular guided therapy | New and upcoming treatment strategies/treatment protocols | Immunotherapy | CAR T-cell therapy


Adolescent/Young Adult | Survivorship Topics

Description of current state:

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing is a continuously evolving field of practice, but many nurses report they are challenged to keep up with new and innovative therapies being used to treat their patients as well as current trends in hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant and other aspects of care.

Description of desired/achievable state:

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology nurses need to have the knowledge, skills and the ability to apply new information learned as they care for their patients, families and themselves.

Learning Outcomes

The desired learning outcomes for the 2018 Annual Conference are the following:

Learning Outcome 1:

The learner will be able to incorporate or identify strategies essential for managing the challenges facing pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and the patients we serve.

Learning Outcome 2:

The learner will demonstrate increased knowledge related to the care of children, adolescents and young adults with hematologic or oncologic disorders and self-care.

The measurement of these outcomes will be evidenced by pre and post testing as well as the results of 30, 60 and 90 day surveys.

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