Rachael Kunkel is an inpatient hematology/oncology registered nurse from the United States. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse as well as a Certified Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse. A member of The International Society of Paediatric Oncology since 2015, she works within the Nursing and Education/Training Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries Working Group.
Before I talk about Cancer POINTE can I just say a few words about the current situation.
I’ll be honest, I never gave much thought to being a nurse during a pandemic. The whole world shutting down and fear igniting like untamed fire. Here we are though. I’m hoping that if you’re reading this blog post it means that you’re well or at the very least, doing the best you can be. These are difficult, exhausting times to have a profession in the healthcare field. Make sure to take care of yourself. As cliché as it might sound, we truly can’t give our patients that best care if we don’t care of ourselves. Know that the work you’re doing today matters and is making a difference.
SIOP and paediatric oncology nurses
I first got involved with the Paediatric Oncology International Training and Education (POINTE) group the summer of 2016. I had joined The International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) the previous winter and was slowly, and timidly, getting involved within the Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries Working Groups (PODC-WG). I was fortunate enough to network with people within the Nursing PODC-WG as well as the Education and Training PODC-WG. As I nurse, I often found it difficult for my voice to be heard in a multi-disciplinary setting. Or perhaps difficult to have the courage to even speak up. This wasn’t, and continues to not be, the case within SIOP. Everyone cares what nurses have to say and welcome my ideas and thoughts.
The Year of the Nurse and Midwife
2020 was declared “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Those working within POINTE had long seen the value and impact that nurses can provide and wanted to have a separate, concise page within the website to house nursing information regarding global paediatric oncology nursing care. With key stakeholders working together, the Nursing Page of POINTE went live in the fall of 2019. I can speak for everyone within POINTE that we hope these pages provide you with resources and networking opportunities to not only make you feel supported within your practice as a nurse, but to also know that you are not alone in the fight against childhood cancer. You are most welcome here.
Pages on POINTE for nursesThere are three pages on the CancerPOINTE site that are dedicated to paediatric oncology nurses:
This page provides information for paediatric oncology nurses. This includes events, news, meetings, conferences, educational resources and much more.
SIOP PODC needs you – how to get involved
This page is for paediatric oncology nurses that are looking for more information about getting involved in paediatric oncology in developing countries (PODC). This page focuses on SIOP and the SIOP PODC Nursing group, but also provides information on other ways to get involved.
SIOP PODC Nursing Meetings
The SIOP PODC Nursing group hold monthly meetings. These are held over Cure4Kids. This page contains information about these meetings, including how to attend, when they are held and presentation slides from previous meetings.