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clinical practice boy music therapyAPHON has developed position papers on several clinical pediatric hematology/oncology practice topics 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

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

Published Year: 2022

This position paper, co-published by APHON and ASPHO, provides recommendations for the quality of care given to sickle cell patients transitioning into adult hematology care.
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Pain Management for the Child with Cancer in End of Life Care

Published Year: 2021

This position paper provides recommendations for prevention and alleviation of pain, the role of the child and parent, dosing of analgesics, and the nurse's role in managing pain at the end of life. 

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APHON Position Paper on Drug Shortages

Published Year: 2020

This paper provides APHON's position on the circumstances and effects of drug shortages in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing. 

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APHON Position Paper on the Nurse's Use of Social Media

Published Year: 2018

This paper provides APHON's position on the nurse's use of social media in the workplace.

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APHON Position Paper on Human Papillomavirus Immunization

Published Year: 2018

This paper provides APHON's position on the administration of HPV immunization. 

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American Society of Clinical Oncology/Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards, Including Standards for Pediatric Oncology

Published Year: 2016

This paper updates the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy Administration Safety Standards and highlights standards for pediatric oncology.

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Ambulatory Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Practice

Published Year: 2009

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. 

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Educating the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse

Published Year: 2011

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

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

Published Year: 2012

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

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Endorsed Guidelines and Standards

Oncology Navigation Standards of Professional Practice

APHON, along with other organizations of the Professional Oncology Navigation Task Force, created the Oncology Navigation Standards of Professional Practice to provide clinical oncology nurse navigators, social work navigators, and patient navigators with clear information regarding best practices in the provision of professional care. These standards also provide benchmarks for use by healthcare employers and information for policy and decision-makers, health professionals, and the public to understand the role of professional oncology navigators.

Release Date: March 2022

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Use of E-Cigarettes and Vaping

APHON supports the following position statements on e-cigarettes and vaping with particular emphasis on the recommendations for children and adolescents. 

Oncology Nursing Society

Release Date: September 2019

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American Academy of Pediatrics

Release Date: October 2019

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Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families

Release Date: December 2015

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. 

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Baseline Standards for Paediatric Oncology Nursing Care 

Release Date: June 2014

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. 

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