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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier treatment and research centers for children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other life-threatening illnesses. Basic research is ongoing in gene therapy, stem cell transplantation, virology (including HIV), hereditary diseases, treatment resistance, and the psychological effects of life-threatening diseases. The hospital staff integrates research findings into clinical protocols to establish definitive diagnosis, determine prognosis, detect residual disease, and guide the selection of therapy.
St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. Nearly 8,000 active patients are seen at the hospital each year.
As an advanced practice nurse fellow at St. Jude, your clinical experiences will include rotations with the following teams: leukemia/lymphoma, solid tumor, neuro-oncology, bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapy, hematology and late effects. These rotations will provide opportunities in both outpatient clinics and inpatient units. You will be actively involved in patient assessment, teaching, management and follow-up.
During the fellowship, you will complete a series of learning modules designed to increase your knowledge of pediatric hematology/oncology and the role of the advanced practice nurse in this specialty.
The modules include:
You will participate in a weekly seminar/lecture series that supplements knowledge gained from the clinical rotations and learning modules. In addition, you will attend the hospital’s weekly conferences such as Grand Rounds, Tumor Board, Psychosocial Rounds and journal club meetings.
Preceptors for advanced practice nurse fellows are certified nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists involved in direct patient care at St. Jude. Clinical faculty and other multi-disciplinary team members will also be involved in your clinical supervision and educational preparation. A schedule will be negotiated between you and your preceptors that will incorporate goals specific to the fellowship and your personal learning objectives.
As an advanced practice nurse fellow, you will receive a scholarship to assist with program expenses, as well to fund your attendance at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) annual conference.