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Thursday, April 28


Health Disparities and Cancer Navigation: Impact, Utility, and Implications Globally

In the past few years, health disparities, navigation, and person-centered care have taken center stage in the cancer care arena. Cancer care around the globe is changing at a rapid pace, yet to date these topics have only been addressed from a U.S. perspective. Join us as a panel of global experts from international cancer nursing societies approach health disparities, navigation, and person-centered care from an international viewpoint. You'll see the impact and implications of health disparities and gain an understanding of the utility of cancer navigation internationally.

Sponsored by the ONS Board of Directors 


  1. Discuss the facilitators and barriers related to addressing health disparities from a global perspective.
  2. Describe models of cancer navigation that promote person-centered care and improve outcomes from a global perspective.
  3. Provide exemplars of person-centered care globally.

avatar for Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN

Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor of Oncology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the president of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She is the Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor of Oncology Nursing at the College of Nursing, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a research scientist at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis... Read More →

Stella Aguinaga Bialous, DrPH, RN, FAAN

President, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (an international organizational partner of ONS)

Raymond Javan Chan, PhD, MAppSc, BN, RN, FACN

President, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
avatar for Paul Trevatt, RN, BSc(Hons), MSc

Paul Trevatt, RN, BSc(Hons), MSc

Board member, European Oncology Nursing Society (an international organizational partner of ONS)
- Representing the European Cancer nursing community - Cancer nursing strategy

Tracy Truant, RN, MSN, PhD(c)

President, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie (an international organizational partner of ONS)

Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
301 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Intervention Management: A New Approach to Ongoing Issues

Nurses often start by looking at the patient’s symptoms that need to be managed. How would your practice change if you flipped your mindset and thought about evidence-based interventions first, and then how they can be used to manage frequently-experienced symptoms? Take a look at evidence-based interventions from the Oncology Nursing Society Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) resources to see how to use them across multiple symptoms. You’ll learn about the PEP resources for anxiety, depression, sleep, and fatigue straight from the experts who developed them, how you can use the resources to improve quality, and what quality measures are related to them.


Janelle Tipton, MSN, RN, AOCN®

Manager, Infusion Center, Univ. of Toledo Medical Center
I have been an oncology nurse for 27 years, and oncology CNS for 22 years. Have been the manager of our infusion center in our Cancer Center for the past year. I have interests in symptom management, evidence based practice (including PEP), and anything related to infusion ther... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Get Them In, Get Them Out, and Everything in Between: Improving Quality and Outcomes
Hear five fellow oncology nurses share the findings of their quality improvement projects.
  • "Using a Locator System to Measure Purposeful Hourly Rounding On an Inpatient Oncology Unit," Laurie Bryant, RN, MSN, OCN®, ACNS-BC
  • "Integration of Data Collection Into the Electronic Health Record EPIC: A Comprehensive Approach to Improving Navigation Outcomes and Reporting," Judy Koutlas, RN, MS, OCN®
  • "The Use of Data to Help Design a System for Distress Screening of Oncology Patients," Adrienne Banavage, MSN, RN-BC, OCN®
  • "Chemotherapy Admissions: An Opportunity to Improve the Patient Experience," Elena Lubimov, RN, BSN, OCN®
  • "Discharge Before Noon: A Nurse-Led Clinical Quality Initiative that Improves Patient Experience," Kathleen Edmondson-Martin, MA, RN, OCN®

avatar for Laurie Bryant, RN, MSN, OCN®, ACNS-BC

Laurie Bryant, RN, MSN, OCN®, ACNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital
I am a CNS on an Inpatient Hematology Oncology unit.

Judy B. Koutlas RN, MS, OCN

Coordinator, Cancer Care Navigation, Vidant Medical Center
avatar for Elena Lubimov, RN, MSN, OCN®

Elena Lubimov, RN, MSN, OCN®


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
303 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Improving Clinical Outcomes in the Inpatient Environment
  • "Taking HAP off the Map With a Routine Screen," Cheryl Clements, BSN, RN, PCCN
  • "A Nurse-Driven Strategy to Reduce Falls in the Inpatient Malignant Hematology Population," Joel Stettler, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "Once, Twice, Three Times too Many:  Preventing Falls and Related Complications in Oncology Patients with Thrombocytopenia...Utilizing an Advanced Nursing Interventions Approach," Theresa Duensing, RN, MSN
  • "Evolution of a Skin Wound Ostomy Team (SWOT) Program to Meet the Challenges of Oncology Patients," Stephanie Terry, BSN, RN, CWOCN, PCCN, HN-BC
  • "Code Purple: A Nursing Strategy for Providing Timely Psychosocial Support to Patients," Martha Jansen, BSN, RN 

avatar for Stephanie Terry, BSN, RN, CWOCN, PCCN, HN-BC

Stephanie Terry, BSN, RN, CWOCN, PCCN, HN-BC

Skin Wound Ostomy Nurse, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
avatar for Joel Stettler, BSN, RN, OCN®

Joel Stettler, BSN, RN, OCN®

RN III-Clinical Leader, Moffitt Cancer Center
Charge Nurse on a 24-bed inpatient hematology unit.

Thursday April 28, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
304 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


The Power of Nursing Interventions in Holistic Oncology Treatment
  • "Spirituality Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer," Kathy Seymour, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "Hands in Harmony: A Nurse Administered Hand Massage Program in an Outpatient Chemotherapy Suite," Caitlin Braithwaite, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "Going Beyond Patient Satisfaction to What Matters Most," Janet Bagley, RN, MS, AOCNS®, NEA-BC
  • "Erasing Patient Anxiety and Increasing Nurse-Patient Communication Through Whiteboard Utilization in an Ambulatory Infusion Room," Sheila Hunt, BA, RN, CEN
  • "'Am I Dying?' What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say: An Educational Approach to Answering Challenging Patient Questions," Ann Brady, MSN, RN-BC


ann j brady

symptom management RN, huntington Hospital
avatar for Sheila Hunt, BA, RN, CEN

Sheila Hunt, BA, RN, CEN

oncology clinician, Baylor Scott & White McClinton Cancer Center
avatar for Janet Bagley, RN, MS, AOCNS®, NEA-BC

Janet Bagley, RN, MS, AOCNS®, NEA-BC

Director of Nursing, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
avatar for Caitlin Braithwaite, BAN, RN, OCN®

Caitlin Braithwaite, BAN, RN, OCN®

Staff Nurse, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
avatar for Kathy Seymour

Kathy Seymour

Oncology Nurse Navigtor, PIH Health
Navigation, Colon Cancer , Navigation Metrics

Thursday April 28, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
301 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


The Same Only Scarier: Cancer Care and the LGBT Community

Cancer may not discriminate, but the healthcare system often does. LGBT patients with cancer face a unique impact on their identities, sexuality, and families of choice. When they believe they must choose between good medical treatment and social acceptance, many choose to hide their gender identity and sexual orientation from their providers, compromising their quality of care. On the other hand, those who feel safe bringing their whole, authentic selves into care find profound health benefits. Learn how you can address the unique issues of LGBT patients and offer suggestions for improved nursing care.

Friday, April 29


Assessing and Preventing Critical Situations

While oncologic complications of disease and treatment are common in the acute care oncology setting, many can be avoided with careful monitoring and early intervention. Review a model for anticipating and monitoring complications of disease and treatment. Through case-based examples, you’ll identify conditions, such as sepsis, cardiac rhythm, and hemorrhagic cystitis, in which nurse-sensitive outcomes can influence the patient’s experience. Discover the risk groups, prevention strategies, and early intervention required for a quick response. 

Sponsored by the Critical Care Special Interest Group 


Cynthia Chernecky, PhD, RN, CNS, AOCN®, FAAN

Professor, Augusta University
research, vascular access devices, lung cancer respiratory symptoms, critical care oncology, laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.


Clinical Award Lectureship: Using Patient Portals to Engage Patients With Cancer
Listen to an expert in clinical nursing practice share her contributions to the development of oncology nursing. You'll hear about her impressive work and how it is used to promote excellence in oncology nursing.

avatar for Elizabeth Rodriguez, DNP, RN, OCN®

Elizabeth Rodriguez, DNP, RN, OCN®

Nurse Leader, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Friday April 29, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
301 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Research Use Beyond the Bedside: Bringing Practice Change to the Chair
  • "Start, Pause, Stop: A Dedicated Ambulatory Phase I Immunotherapy Clinic’s Approach to Managing Patients on Immune Modulators," RuthAnn Gordon, MSN, FNP-BC, OCN®
  • "Smoking Cessation:  A Process and a Practice Change," Rita Meitzner, BSN
  • "Moving Out: Transitioning an Inpatient Chemotherapy Regimen to the Outpatient Setting," Jayme Cotter, MS, RN, AOCNS®, ACNS-BC
  • "Evaluating the On-Body Injector for Neulasta® as an Alternative to Manual Neulasta® Injection," Carolyn Ruef, CRNP, AOCNP®

avatar for Jayme Cotter, MS, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC

Jayme Cotter, MS, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
avatar for Carolyn Ruef, CRNP, AOCNP®

Carolyn Ruef, CRNP, AOCNP®

Nurse Practitioner, Cancer Treatment Centers Of Amercia
Carolyn Ruef is a Nurse Practitioner in the Infusion Room at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Carolyn works with patients and providers to ensure that care is provided seamlessly and effectively. During her career, Carolyn has completed years of additional... Read More →
avatar for Rita Meitzner, BSN

Rita Meitzner, BSN

Staff Nurse, Moffitt Cancer Center
I am celebrating my 24th year as an oncology nurse. Oncology nursing is challenging and ever changing. I have seen first-hand what nursing can do to change patient outcomes and I find this very rewarding. EBP has made an impact on my patients and my nursing practice. I am proud... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
304 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


CLABSI and CAUTI, Oh My! Nurse-Driven Interventions to Decrease the Incidences
  • "Reducing CLABSI on an Inpatient Oncology Unit by Implementing Evidence-Based  Hygiene Practice," Lauri Brunton, RN, OCN®
  • "Quality Initiative Aimed at Reduction of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Associated Thromboses and Line Dysfunction," Karen Abbas, MS, RN, AOCN®
  • "Development and Evaluation of Central Venous Catheter Self-Management Education Program for Cancer Patients," JeongYun Park, PhD, RN, APN
  • "Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Bathing for Port and Tunneled Catheter Patients," Helen Jackson, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC
  • "Realizing a Sustained Decrease in Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Rates at an Oncology Hospital," Pamela McLaughlin, BSN, RN, OCN®


Karen Abbas, MS, RN, AOCN®

Nurse Educator, URMC - Wilmot Cancer Institute
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JeongYun Park, PhD, RN, APN

Associate Professor, University of Ulsan
I'm currently the associate professor for the university of Ulsna, in Seoul, South Korea. I became interseted in patient education as wokring the clinical nurse specialist in infusion therapy of Asan Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea. I have educated nursing staff about the guidelines... Read More →

Helen Jackson, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC

Nebraska Methodist Hospital
avatar for Pamela McLaughlin, BSN, RN, OCN®

Pamela McLaughlin, BSN, RN, OCN®

Assistant Magnet Coordinator, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Friday April 29, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
304 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Partnering With Patients, Families, and Volunteers to Impact Cancer Care
  • "Taking Steps: A Survivorship Program in a Volunteer-Based Cancer Clinic," Ben Garcia, RN 
  • "A Grass Roots Approach to Creating a Patient and Family/Caregiver Advisory Council," Gail Zephyr, BSN, RN, OCN® 
  • "Battling Cancer-Related Fatigue: Design and Implementation of the Cancer Warrior Exercise Program," Roseann Dougherty, BSN, RN
  • "Effects of a Pre-Chemotherapy Video on Patient’s Anxiety and Treatment-Related Information Recall," Kathy Keener, MSN, RN, OCN®


Ben Garcia, BSN, RN, CCRC

Lung Cancer Program Navigator, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
18 years in oncology, primarily in clinical research setting. Currently in lung cancer navigator role. Prior to oncology, served in USAF for 20 years.
avatar for Gail Zephyr, BSN, RN, OCN®

Gail Zephyr, BSN, RN, OCN®

Nurse Clinician III, Johns Hopkins Hosptial
I am honored to be an Oncology Nurse. In past nine years I have emerged as a leader as a staff nurse on a Leukemia, a Hem-Onc Unit, and an Inpatient/Outpatient Clinic. I enjoy educating my patients and being a resource to new nurses. I am interested in promoting and improving patient... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Keener, MSN, RN, OCN®

Kathy Keener, MSN, RN, OCN®

Clinical Nurse IV, St. Joseph Hospital
I am originally from Indiana, but moved to southern California when I was 13. I am married with 3 children. I have been a nurse for 35 years in Oncology. I have worked for the past 15 years in the hospital Infusion Clinic. My passion is medical missions and have traveled internationally... Read More →
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Roseann Dougherty, BSN, RN

Executive Director, Team Inspiration
I have been an oncology nurse for eight years on the inpatient unit at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. I'm certified in integrative medicine through the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative medicine and I have also received certification... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
301 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Self-Advocating for Protection Against Hazardous Drugs

Hazardous drugs can cause serious acute and chronic effects. While recommendations for safe handling have been published and available for many years, occupational exposures are untold. Awareness of this issue is increasing, and state regulation mandating the development of hazardous drug programs is needed. Do you have concerns regarding exposure to hazardous drugs, such as lack of safety measures, inadequate personal protective equipment, or lack of a safety culture to use full protection? Are you doing everything necessary to protect your safety? Hear real-life stories of nurses advocating for safe practices and get information and tools to help advocate for approval of state legislation. 

avatar for Seth Eisenberg, RN, ASN, OCN®, BMTCN™

Seth Eisenberg, RN, ASN, OCN®, BMTCN™

Professional Practice Coordinator, Infusion Services, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seth Eisenberg has been practicing in the field of oncology since 1983. His experience includes 28 years in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He has published numerous articles on chemotherapy... Read More →
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AnnMarie Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN®, CHES

Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Dr. Walton is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also an Oncology Certified Nurse working in inpatient Hematology/Oncology at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. She earned her BS in Community Health Education... Read More →

Saturday, April 30


Do You Have the Right Tools? How to Integrate Guidelines, Tools, and Resources Into Practice
  • "Bridge to Practice: Integrating the ONS/ONCC Online Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Certificate Course With Institutional-Specific Policies and Procedures," Sharon Flynn, MS, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNS®, BMTCN™
  • "Using the ONS Scope and Standards of Oncology Nursing Practice Guidelines: How Does Your EMR Stand Up?," Pam Bowman, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "NCCN Distress Tool Completion for Patients Newly-Diagnosed with Cancer," Martina Hartwell, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "The Oncology Nurses' Perspective of the Effectiveness and Implementation of the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale in Patients at End of Life," Kerstin Scheper, RN, OCN®
  • "It Only Takes Five Minutes: How One Outpatient Infusion Center Implemented First Five Training for Nursing Staff," Kyle Wojciechowski, RN, BSN

avatar for Sharon Flynn, MS, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNS®, BMTCN™

Sharon Flynn, MS, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNS®, BMTCN™

Nurse Educator, National Institutes of Health
I work at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. My official title is Nurse Educator. Topics I lecture on include chemotherapy administration, genetics/genomics, stem cell transplant, and clinical trials. I'm very lucky because my role allows me... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Wojciechowski, RN, BSN

Kyle Wojciechowski, RN, BSN

RN, Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
I am a registered nurse working in Infusion Therapy Services for Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine. Prior to working in infusion therapy I worked in the emergency department.
avatar for Martina Hartwell, BSN, RN, OCN®

Martina Hartwell, BSN, RN, OCN®

Nurse Coordinator, Kraemer Cancer Center
I have been working in oncology for the past 18 years. After working inpatient for many years I transitioned to an outpatient radiation oncology setting. The past 10 years I have been working in medical oncology. I like to be involved in community cancer prevention and screening programs... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
301 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Grand Rounds: Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) and Unique Blood Product Requirements

When administering blood products is an everyday occurrence, nurses need to be aware of the potential risks and adverse outcomes of transfusions. Understand the difference between and treatment requirements of a potential transfusion-associated circulatory overload and transfusion-related acute lung injury as well as other adverse reactions. What does the evidence show regarding thresholds of transfusing blood products? What is the importance of understanding the need for irradiated, CMV-negative, or washed products? You’ll see an APL patient in disseminated intravascular coagulopathy requiring multiple blood products to gain knowledge on how you can recognize and manage adverse events of blood product administration. 

avatar for Nicole Draper, MD

Nicole Draper, MD

Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Services, University of Colorado Hospital

Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Set the Standard: Creating a Culture of Safety Surrounding Oral Therapy
  • "Developing an Inpatient Oral Chemotherapy Administration Process," Patricia Hegedus, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "Implementation of Formalized Nursing Practice to Promote Patient Safety with Oral Chemotherapy," Mary Kate Egan, MSN, RN, OCN®
  • "Nursing Role in Improving Safety and Quality with Oral Chemotherapy," Mandeep Smith, BSN, RN
  • "Adherence to Oral Cancer Therapies in the Adult Oncology/Hematology Patient," Whitney Perry, APRN, AOCNP®
  • "Implementation of a Precision Cancer Treatment Education Resource Center," Cheryl Lynn, BSN, RN, HNB-BC

avatar for Whitney Perry, APRN, AOCNP®

Whitney Perry, APRN, AOCNP®

Nurse Practitioner, Baptist Health Louisville- CBC Group

Mary Kate Egan, MSN, RN, OCN®

Clinical Education Specialist, UPMC CancerCenter
avatar for Patricia Hegedus, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN®

Patricia Hegedus, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN®

Oncology Clinical Performance & Support Service Director, Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

Mandeep Smith, BSN, RN

Oncology Service Line Educator, Smilow Cancer Hospital @ Yale New Haven Hospital New Haven, CT

Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
304 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


If Walls Could Talk: You ARE Risking Exposure and Communication DOES Optimize Outcomes
  • "It's the Law: Implementing a Hazardous Drug Control Program," Lenise Taylor, MN, RN, AOCNS®
  • "Remember to Wear Your PPE: Safe Handling of Antineoplastic Agents on A Hematology Oncology Unit," Kristen Battiato, RN, OCN®
  • "Regulatory and ONS Standards Related to Hazardous Drugs: Are You and Your Patients Safe?," Tiffany Lopez, MSN, CMSRN
  • "Mentorship Improves Quality of Palliative Care Services," Annastasia Mitema, RN
  • "Utilization of an Innovative Tool to Improve Oncology Patient Outcomes," Jessica O'Driscoll, RN

avatar for Lenise Taylor, MN, RN, AOCNS®

Lenise Taylor, MN, RN, AOCNS®

Clinical Nurse Specialist - Heme/BMT, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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Tiffany Achenbach, MSN, CMSRN

Patient Care Specialist-staff educator, Lehigh Valley Health Network
avatar for Kristen Battiato, BSN, RN, OCN®

Kristen Battiato, BSN, RN, OCN®

Clinical Nurse, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
I have been a hematology/oncology RN for 10 years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. I specialize in caring for patients suffering from leukemia/lymphoma. I will be presenting on April 30th at 2:45 about the importance of wearing personal protective equipment while... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
303 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Nursing Interventions to Improve Symptom Management and Quality of Life for Patients
  • "Quality of Life Management of Glioblastoma Patients Treated with Tumor Treating Fields and Chemotherapy," Marlon Garzo Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN
  • "Improving Pain Management in an Outpatient Radiation Oncology Department: A Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Approach," Samantha Aquino, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
  • "Safety and Efficacy of Scalp Cooling for Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia: Forty Years of Literature," Mikel Ross, RN, OCN®, CBCN®
  • "Impacts of Nursing Education on Mucosal Barrier Injury for Inpatient Hematology/Oncology," Katie Ruefer, RN, BSN
  • "Early Sepsis Recognition in Ambulatory Care for Cancer Patients," Debra Burgess, RN, BSN, MSHA

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Samantha Ganey Aquino

Nurse Practitioner, NYU Langone Medical Center
avatar for Katie Ruefer, RN, BSN

Katie Ruefer, RN, BSN

RN Clinician 2, University of Virginia Medical Center
avatar for Mikel Ross, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN

Mikel Ross, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN

Office Practice Nurse - Breast Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
avatar for Marlon Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN

Marlon Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN

Neuro-Oncology Nurse Researcher, John Wayne Cancer Institute
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Debra Burgess, RN, BSN, MHA

Quality Manager, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Quality Improvement Specialist with experience in improving national quality indicators, establishing nurse sensitive metric, incorporating lean and six sigma principals to increase value and patient outcomes. Currently focusing on improving quality and care provided in oncology... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
304 200 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205


Vaccination: Prevent, Protect, Immunize

Infection in immunocompromised patients often results in increased morbidity and/or mortality, but prevention and protection can be provided through both active and passive immunization. Although most opportunistic infections are not routinely preventable by vaccines, many other community-based infections are avoidable. Do you know if your patients are adequately protected? Do you know the recommended timing of immunizations? Follow patient case studies through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery to see the vital importance of vaccinations for not only for the patient, but also family, friends, and healthcare workers. Get the knowledge you need to help you prevent, protect, and immunize!

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Annemarie Flood, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Infection Prevention Program Mgr, City of Hope
I'm the Infection Prevention Program manager in a free-standing comprehensive cancer center that performs over 500 bone marrow transplants each year. I believe infection prevention is not a person but a collaboration to ensure patient, family, and healthcare worker safety.