Nursing in the Childhood Cancer Care System
Pediatric oncology nurses perform an integral role in childhood cancer care. As childhood cancer control continues to rapidly evolve toward increasingly complex and personalized treatment and follow-up protocols, the nursing care of children and youth with cancer and survivors is growing more clinically specialized and workload-intensive. Pediatric oncology nurses also function as dedicated members within multidisciplinary teams of health professionals to deliver integrated, family-centred care to children and youth with cancer, their families and survivors.
POGO is committed to engaging in ongoing strategic collaboration with pediatric oncology nurses to plan and optimize childhood cancer care in Ontario. In addition, we partner to co-create tools, resources and professional development opportunities to ensure access to the best care and support for nurses and the children and youth, families and survivors they serve.
About the POGO Pediatric Oncology Nursing Committee
The POGO Pediatric Oncology Nursing Committee (the Committee) is a longstanding advisory body of pediatric oncology nursing professionals working within children’s cancer treatment programs at hospitals throughout Ontario. Together, our Committee members represent a diversity of pediatric oncology nursing subspecialities across the childhood cancer care continuum, from diagnosis and treatment into palliative care or survivorship.
By contributing a pediatric oncology nursing perspective, the Committee strategically informs and champions The Childhood Cancer Care Plan: A Roadmap for Ontario 2018-2023, the current long-range plan produced by POGO and our stakeholder partners to strength Ontario’s childhood cancer system.
Related priority actions and deliverables of the Committee include:
- Develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based tools and resources to optimize the nursing care of children and youth with cancer, their families and survivors
- Support the planning and execution of educational and professional development events to benefit pediatric oncology nurses
- Carry out research and knowledge transfer activities in pediatric oncology nursing
For more information about the Committee or to get involved with our work, please contact Denise Mills, Co-Chair, POGO Pediatric Oncology Nursing Committee and POGO Provincial Clinical Lead, Pediatric Oncology Nursing.
Tools and Resources
POGO Satellite Manual
POGO’s Provincial Pediatric Oncology Satellite Program enables the transfer of select aspects of a child’s cancer care to POGO Satellite Clinics in community hospitals closer to home. The POGO Satellite Manual is a guideline resource for the continuing delivery of POGO’s vision of optimal childhood cancer care, including nursing care, by the eight POGO Satellite Clinics.