Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that is a respiratory illness that spreads from person to person, possibly through respiratory droplets during close contact. COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The first Case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. APHON wanted to provide important updates as we continue to learn more about how to manage the global impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
How is COVID-19 affecting the APHON customer experience?
Over the past several weeks we've been navigating through unprecedented times. Our world has changed and continues to change daily because of the COVID-19 crisis. In many ways the world that will emerge at the end of this crisis will likely be a better place, but in the meantime the kind of change we are experiencing can be stressful and difficult. Please make it a priority to care for yourself during this time, perhaps using some of the tools we have made available.
Some of you are wondering about the upcoming APHON Conference in New York City, given COVID-19 travel bans and the challenges that NYC is having with the virus. We feel it's important to be transparent and would like to share that at this time we are exploring all of our options. We still intend to hold the APHON annual conference whether it be in-person, virtual or a hybrid combination. We hope you understand and agree that in order to make a thoughtful and responsible decision regarding the format of the conference, we have to make sure that whatever decision we make is informed by the best data available. We just don't have enough data right now to make such a decision.
That being said, while much remains unknown, we absolutely know the following:
- APHON will not and would never put the health of our members, attendees, industry partners and staff in jeopardy. We will follow all the guidelines of the CDC and the WHO regarding face to face meetings.
- The content generated and shared at an APHON conference is crucial, timely and impactful. Consequently, we will be holding a conference in some format – in person and/or virtual.
- One of the key benefits of an APHON conference is the opportunity to connect with your peers and friends, whether face to face or virtually.
- Whatever the format of the upcoming APHON Conference, it will be a terrific experience, and will be planned and managed at the standards to which you have become accustomed.
Thank you, again, for your support of APHON and your participation and support of the pediatric hematology/oncology nursing community.
"The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived." Robert Jordan
Your APHON Board of Directors
New product purchases can still be made through the APHON online store. However, customers will experience a temporary increase in the standard shipping time of physical products to ensure the safety of the APHON staff. Physical product orders will be shipped from APHON HQ every Friday instead of daily. There are no changes in the processing time for digital orders. Digital purchases will appear in the My Library section of your APHON website account.
APHON Member Invoices
All APHON membership invoices are sent by e-mail. Please be sure to check your e-mail if your membership renewal is due to ensure that your membership is paid online, and you remain connected to the APHON community. You may also renew by viewing the open balances on your APHON website account at any time.
Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Courses
APHON Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Courses are designed as a 2-day in-person course taught in a classroom setting. We have advised all instructors to take appropriate precautions and be compliant with the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. APHON has provided all instructors with guidelines for delivering a virtual Pediatric Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider course. Please contact an instructor to learn more.
Self-Care & Resiliency Resources
Visit the Self-Care Series page to access for resources, tips and tricks to taking care of yourself during tough times!
With the evolving impact of coronavirus in communities across the country, many CaringBridge users already experiencing serious health issues are a greater risk of complications due to COVID-19.
Social distancing, intended to reduce the spread of the virus, doesn’t mean patients must feel isolated. CaringBridge helps patients and family caregivers maintain social connections and coordinate care and support around a health journey while at home.
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Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association
To support the information needs of nurses caring for COVID-19 patients in the acute, post-acute, and community settings, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) has developed a series of Primary Palliative Nursing COVID-19 Patient Care Guides.
These guides are written by national nursing experts in the hospice and palliative nursing field and highlight key information about anxiety, communication, pain, delirum, dyspena, nausea, terminal secretions and nursing care and support at the end-of-life.
International Society of Nurses Cancer Care
The International Society of Nurses Cancer Care (ISNCC) has developed a position statment on COVID-19 to advocate for prevention and control strategies for cancer patients, their families/non-family caregivers, and the nurses careing for them.
John Hopkin's Nursing
John Hopkin's Nursing has developed a series of podcasts on the different aspects of nursing considerations related to COVID-19.
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Oncology Nursing Society
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has developed recommended interim guidelines for PPE shortages, patient care and safe handling of hazardous cancer drugs as well as recommendations for oncology staff assignments during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
SAGE Publishing, which publishes JOPON, has recently launched an online nursing hub. In order to support nursing students and lecturers, this hub includes free digital access to resources for many of SAGE’s leading textbooks. SAGE has also collated a collection of blog posts that discuss the social and behavioral responses to coronavirus. Within the same scope, they have created a microsite that highlights both social and behavioral sciences and medical sciences research on COVID-19, as well as more broadly managing pandemics.
Perhaps most importantly, SAGE has signed and committed to the Wellcome coordinated statement regarding sharing relevant research data and findings of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
The Sickel Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) prepared a provider advisory guideline to decrease the burden and minimize morbidity as it relates to COVID-19.
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The COVID-19 outbreak and spread of coronavirus can be especially challenging for pediatric cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Find information on how to talk to your child about COVID-19, how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and what COVID-19 means for children with weakened immune systems and for childhood cancer survivors.