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Managing Stress and Cultivating Optimism: Enhancing Resiliency in Pediatric Oncology Nurses


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Presentation Description:
Working in pediatric oncology can be an emotional rollercoaster. Exposure to the triumphs and tragedies of the patients and their families while working in a fast-paced, chaotic environment can leave nurses struggling to maintain their own wellness as they care for everyone around them.  This presentation will provide some time for reflection and laughter and demonstrate tools to help nurses build and maintain their resiliency.

Speaker:
Teresa Conte, PhD, CPNP
Associate Professor, Department of Nursing
University of Scranton

Teresa Conte is an Associate Professor at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. She also practices as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Conte spent 18 years as a bedside pediatric nurse, 10 of which were with the Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Conte’s research has focused on the experiences of pediatric oncology nurses and survivorship experiences of young adult cancer survivors. She has lectured throughout the United States on resiliency building, self-care, work-related loss and grief and compassion fatigue prevention.

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