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APHON Annual Conference and Exhibit

Expanding Horizons: Innovative Approaches in Care

The Annual Conference and Exhibit is the premier educational experience for nurses who specialize in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing and your opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from experts in the field, examine current and future trends, network with nurses who experience the same daily challenges, and earn continuing nursing education credit for advanced practice nurses. The annual conference is held in the fall annually.

41st Annual Conference and Exhibit

The 41st Annual Conference & Exhibit will be held August 17-19, 2017 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, CA

Confirmed Keynote Topics

Opening Keynote: Secrets Everyone in Health Care Needs to Know

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Donna Wright, MS RN
Staff Development Specialist/Consultant
Creative Healthcare Management
Minneapolis, MN

Join us for a humorous look at the realities of healthcare.  In this session, we will unravel the secrets to working in today’s crazy healthcare environment.  We will take a creative look at change, collaboration, and accountability.  We will explore our legacy and why we are the way we are today.  Come discover the secrets to excellent care, and learn how to put the energy back into ourselves and our team members.

Closing Keynote: Deciphering the Intersection of Caring for Self & Caring for Others


Janice Nuuhiwa, MSN APN/CNS CPHON®
Staff Development Specialist
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, IL

While the caring professions reap an abundance of benefits in the realms of compassion satisfaction and relationship building, they are also at risk for a multiplicity of professional pitfalls, such as moral distress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout. Oftentimes, the professional horizon where self intersects with others can be blurred or obscured, thus influencing the relationships between self and others.  We will honor the art of caregiving while reflecting on intentional self-care that could influence our professional horizon.

Confirmed General Session Topics

The Code of Ethics for Nurses: A Contemporary Context

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Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Wilmington, DE

All nurses have ethical duties and obligations that are central to professional nursing practice. The American Nurses Association highlighted the importance of this with the release of the latest revision to the Code of Ethics for Nurses. This revision emphasizes the significance of contemporary issues such as global health, human rights, social media, and the culture of safety in healthcare. A review of the recent revisions offers an opportunity to consider the impact that ethical nursing practice has on patient safety and the quality of health care. The revised Code of Ethics offers a rich catalyst for discussion of the many ethical dimensions of nursing practice and the challenges pediatric hematology oncology nurses face in fulfilling their duties to patients, families, society and the nursing profession.

Advocacy for Every Nurse: How APHON Nurses Can Make a Difference in Legislation and Health Policy Decisions

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Beth A. Siever, MSN RN CPNP CPON®
Nurse Practitioner
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, DC

Advocacy is a fundamental concept of nursing practice. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics emphasizes the importance of advocacy stating: “The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.” Patient advocacy is woven throughout excellence in nursing practice and pediatric hematology oncology nurses are skilled and passionate advocates for the health and wellbeing of their patients and families. Advocacy however should not be limited to the bedside. Pediatric hematology oncology nurses can use the same skills to influence public policy, laws, and budgets that impact our profession and the children and adolescents we care for.  By using our expertise, relationships, personal experiences, social media, messaging and the APHON Health Policy and Advocacy committee, pediatric hematology oncology nurses can educate government officials and the public to help bring about critical changes necessary for the optimal care and treatment of our patients and families.

Conference Learning Outcomes

After attending the 41st Annual Conference & Exhibit the participants will achieve the following 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 pre and post testing as well as the results of 30, 60 and 90 day surveys.

Why Attend

See why attendees of the 40th Annual Conference choose to come back each year.

Hotel Information

The Renaissance Palm Springs
888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Ph: 888.682.1238

Hotel Room Rate

$169 Single/Double, plus applicable taxes

Visit the hotel website to book your room

Past Conference Handouts

Attendees from previous APHON Annual Conference & Exhibits have access to handouts as well as the virtual posters.

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Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

The APHON Annual Conference and Exhibit is the only conference dedicated to the pediatric hematology/oncology nursing segment of the healthcare industry that offers exhibit opportunities. This is your opportunity to meet with more than 900 decision makers in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing who will gather for education, networking, and the opportunity to meet with industry vendors and learn about the most advanced products in patient care.

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