Nursing Fellows

Take your care to the next level.


Excellent nursing and patient care are vital to the St. Jude mission. Through our unique shared decision-making process, nursing and patient care services staff at St. Jude actively participate in decisions about all aspects of how we care for and support our patients and their families.

Our nursing and patient care services fellowship programs offer opportunities to advance your education and training in an environment that values your work and fosters creativity and innovation.


Advanced Practice Nursing Fellowship

The Robbie Simpson Fellowship for the Advanced Practice Nurse in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain knowledge and experience regarding the diagnosis, management and long-term follow-up of pediatric hematology and oncology patients. 


Applicants must be working toward (or have completed) a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or doctor of nursing practice (DNP).


This 3-month fellowship runs September through November each year. It includes a full clinical schedule as well as dedicated time for educational opportunities. 

Clinical Opportunities

  • Rotations with leukemia/lymphoma, solid tumor, neuro-oncology, bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapy, hematology and late effects units. 
  • Experience in both outpatient clinics and inpatient units. 
  • Active involvement in patient assessment, teaching, management and follow-up. 

Educational Opportunities

  • Learning modules to increase your knowledge of pediatric hematology/oncology. 
  • Weekly seminars, conferences and journal club meetings. 
  • Funding to support your attendance at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses annual conference.

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Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship

The Patient Care Services Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship gives participants the knowledge and tools to improve patient care by incorporating the best available evidence, the clinician’s experience and the patient’s preferences into the decision-making process. 


Applicants must have worked at St. Jude or a St. Jude affiliate for at least 18 months. The fellowship is open to all members of St. Jude Patient Care Services, as well as our nurses, advanced practice clinicians and clinical staff outside of Patient Care Services. 


The fellowship runs for 12 months. Fellows participate in monthly day-long training sessions and have one morning per month dedicated to their fellowship project.

Fellowship Features

  • Classroom, web-based and hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Learning to utilize evidence-based practice methods to identify the best evidence and translate findings into practice. 
  • Designing and implementing an evidence-based practice project to improve patient care at St. Jude
  • Sharing the results of your work via a poster and presentation. 

Examples of Current Fellowship Projects

  • Determining the efficacy/yield/complication rate of bronchoalveolar lavage in patients with leukemia
  • Determining the efficacy of the antiemetic aprepitant (Emend) in brain tumor patients undergoing bone marrow transplant
  • Developing a tool to measure symptoms

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