Section V Statement of Contributions and Impact
This section provides you an opportunity to succinctly describe how your leadership and unique contributions have impacted the field of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing. Please be as specific as possible when providing data to support the impact of your work; remember that the events described in this section must align with your CV. (600- word max. I received my BSN in 2005 and spent three years in general pediatrics. I will always remember the first time I floated to the pediatric hematology/oncology unit. I was initially overwhelmed and by the end of my 12-hour shift, thought “this is where I belong”. I transferred to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit and have never looked back. My initial position was working on a general hematology/oncology unit. I had an amazing mentor, Susie Super, who encouraged me to become involved with APHON. I joined our local chapter in 2009 and remain an active member. I was elected treasurer and served for two years (2016-2018); and president of our Central Illinois Chapter from 2018-2020. I became involved in national APHON through my local chapter experience and have served as a committee member and chair of the Conference Committee. I look forward to continued involvement in national APHON. Again, thanks to my amazing mentorship, I took the CPHON exam in 2012 and BMTCN in 2015. I have maintained my certification since that time and have encouraged other staff nurses to become certified. One of my roles on our unit is the (unofficial) ambassador for certification. I am proud to have been an item writer for the CPHON exam for two terms from 2015 to 2019. Recognizing the importance of evidence-based education and my emerging clinical expertise, I focused on sharing my knowledge. I have presented at our local chapter meetings and at the APHON yearly conference. I received the Pediatric Educator of the Year Award from our Children’s Hospital in 2018. I have authored three articles for JOPHON. In addition to my passion for educating our colleagues, I have also had the opportunity to hone my skills in educating patients and families. In collaboration with three interprofessional colleagues, our new diagnosis notebook was updated and adapted for online use. I received the APHON Jean Ferguson Award in 2019 for this work.
Recognizing the important role mentorship has played in my career, I am
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