Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Announces Cynthia Bell as the 2013 APHON Counts Award Recipient


Newswise — Chicago (Nov. 6, 2013): The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) has awarded Cynthia Bell, PhD RN, with the 2013 APHON Counts Award. Dr. Bell received her award at the 37th Annual APHON Conference and Exhibit, held September 19-21 in Louisville, KY. APHON offers three writing awards to recognize contributing authors of the APHON Counts newsletter.

Dr. Bell is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, with a joint research position for the James B. Fahner Pediatric Hospice Program at Hospice of Michigan. Dr. Bell won this award for her article, “Approaching End-of-Life Discussions with Adolescents and Young Adults” in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of APHON Counts.

In her article, Dr. Bell writes, “Collecting information on AYA preferences and willingness to engage in discussions gives your patient much needed control. Knowing and honoring your patient’s preferences gives you additional strength to initiate difficult conversations.”

Dr. Bell’s passion to conduct research in pediatric oncology patients living with advanced cancer is driven by her clinical experience in caring for patients at end-of-life in both home care and hospital settings. She firmly believes nurses play an important role in helping patients and their families live well while facing an incurable prognosis.

APHON is the professional organization for pediatric hematology/oncology nurses and other pediatric hematology/oncology healthcare professionals. Its members are dedicated to promoting optimal nursing care for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders, and their families. APHON provides the leadership and expertise to pediatric hematology/oncology nurses by defining and promoting the highest standards of practice and care to the pediatric, adolescent and young adult communities.

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