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Patient Care Services Symposium

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration
Room IA1010
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


The 4th Annual Patient Care Services Symposium will be held on May 8, 2019. It is sponsored by the Division of Nursing Research and the Nursing Research Council.  This program will feature posters and presentations on research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement projects, and educational sessions. This symposium is intended for nurses and allied health professionals at all levels who are interested in improving practice through a spirit of inquiry.

Conference Objectives

  • Provide an education forum for patient care services
  • Highlight recent research studies and improvement projects performed by nurses and allied health care providers
  • Foster a spirit of inquiry in clinical practice


  • Online registration opens March 1, 2019 and closes April 24, 2019.
  • Registration will be open soon. Onsite registration will not be available.

Accreditation Statement

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Time Event
8:30 - 9:40 am Welcome and Keynote Address
Ann Cashion, PhD, RN, FAAN
Acting Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and Scientific Director of the NINR Division of Intramural Research 
10:00 - 10:45 am Posterior Fossa Syndrome: Current Knowledge and Importance of Interdisciplinary Care
Sherry Lockett, PT, DPT
Robert W. Greene, Jr., MD
Kristin Lyons, M.A., CCC-SLP

Massage Therapy
Daniela Ciccolini, MSN, RN, CPNP, ACHPN-NP
Jodie Greear, MS, RD, CSO, LDN

Health Literacy Universal Precautions: Implementation of the Brown Bag Medicine Review
Dawn Carrier, BSN, RN, CPHON
Janet Sellers, MNSSW, LCSW

Engaging Nurses in a Multi-Site Clinical Trial
Donna Hancock, MSN, RN
Cody McMillan, DNP, RN, CPNP

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma
Susan Ogg, MSN, RN, CCRP
Belinda Mandrell, PhD, RN

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pediatric Integrative Oncology: A Burgeoning Field of Inquiry and Care
Holly Spraker-Perlman, MD, MS
EBP vs. Research vs. QI
Emily Browne, DNP, RN, CPNP
The Role and Responsibilities of the St. Jude Central IRB
Patricia Kerby, MPA, CCRP
Mary Jo Belak, BS, CIP
1:00 - 1:40 pm How We Bounce Back: Programs and Initiatives to Support Staff
Janet Sellers, MSSW, LCSW
2:15 - 3:15 pm The Global Pediatric Oncology Landscape and Nursing
Courtney Sullivan, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC, CPHON

Incentive Spirometry in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
Dawn Rabe, RN, MSN, FNP

Research Participant Advocates: Developmental Considerations When Doing Research in Children and Adolescents
Wendy Hayes, MSN, RN, CPHON

Transition Oncology Program:  Future Outcomes
Emily Browne, DNP, RN, CPNP

Patient Reported Outcomes and Management of Narcolepsy in Patients with Craniopharyngioma
Belinda Mandrell, PhD, RN, CPNP
Donna Hancock, MSN, RN
Christy Bosley, BSN, RN
3:15 - 4:00 pm St. Jude Tour (optional)

Contact Us

For questions about this conference, contact Jami Gattuso at or (901) 595-3679 or (901) 595-3256.