Robbie Simpson Fellowship for the Advanced Practice Nurse in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

This advanced practice nursing fellowship offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain knowledge and experience regarding the diagnosis, management and long-term follow-up of pediatric hematology and oncology patients.

The Setting

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 catastrophic illnesses. As a research center, it is a hub for basic research 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 treats thousands of children each year, including patients from all 50 states and countries around the world. 

Fellowship Objectives

As an advanced practice nurse fellow, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge base of pediatric oncologic and hematologic diseases, their management, and related healthcare issues.
  • Provide direct care to patients with a variety of hematologic and oncologic diagnoses.
  • Examine the advanced practice nurse's roles in providing comprehensive care to pediatric patients with cancer and their families.
  • Acquire an understanding of evidence-based clinical practice by exploring and analyzing standard protocols, current research and other sources of evidence related to childhood malignancies.

Clinical Opportunities

Your clinical activities during the fellowship will include: 

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

Educational Experiences

The Robbie Simpson Lecture Series offers learning opportunities to supplement the fellow’s clinical experience. Sessions are held throughout the fellow’s time at St. Jude and cover topics that align with the educational needs of the advanced practice nurse in hematology-oncology.

In addition, you will participate in seminars and conferences including Grand Rounds, Tumor Board, Psychosocial Rounds and journal club meetings and travel to attend the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses annual conference. 


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 activities. 

Your preceptors will work closely with you to develop a clinical and educational schedule to ensure your experience fulfills the fellowship requirements and meets your personal learning objectives.