SIOP PODC Nursing Working Group: The Advocacy Toolkit

Today on the podcast, we discuss a new advocacy toolkit that nurses can use to help improve the safety of their work environment and the quality of care they provide to patients. This discussion is a follow-up to episode 11, where we discussed the Baseline Nursing Standards that the SIOP PODC Nursing Working group had developed. In that episode we discussed what the standards are and why they are necessary. In this episode, we will explore how these standards can be implemented a treatment center.  To aid in implementation, the Nursing Working Group developed an advocacy toolkit to equip nurses to discuss the the standards with their bosses and other healthcare stakeholders. Nurses who are on the frontline of patient care are some of the best equipped providers to articulate how the delivery of care can be improved, so it is vital that they feel supported and effective in promoting change where they work!

Find all the resources in the advocacy toolkit here!

Lorena Segovia Weber, BSN, RN, CPHON is the Director of the Latin American Center for Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education: A St Jude Children´s Research Hospital initiative, in collaboration with Dr. Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, in Santiago, Chile. The Center is responsible for training pediatric oncology nurse educators in Latin American hsopitals a role introduced to the region through this program. In this role, the Center equips pediatric oncology nurse educators with the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement the nurse educator role, education program, and conduct quality improvement projects. The nurse educator role has been implemented in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Lorena is an active member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON) Spanish Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Subcommittee, which has been working to adapt and pilot the Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider and Instructor course in Latin American countries. She is also a member of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP).  Her direct participation in the Baseline Standards project started in 2016 when she was invited to help with validating the survey that was used to measure each standard in different institutions

Linda Abramovitz, MSN, RN, CNS, BMTCN, FAAN is an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, Department of Family Health Care Nursing and faculty for UCSF Global Cancer Program. Linda received her BSN from the University of Rochester and her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her career as a Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist has focused on improving care for pediatric oncology and transplant patients and supporting nurses providing this specialized care. Raising the standards and the profile of nursing in low and middle-income countries is an important focus of her practice. Linda is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She is a member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and currently serves on the APHON Global Outreach Committee. Linda passionately advocates for nurses globally via her work with the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) including the development and promotion of the Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing Care. She has supported the development of educational programs in Vietnam, Tanzania, India and Ethiopia. Linda currently serves on the executive board of Southeast Asia Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (SEAPHO).