Welcome from Chair, SIOP Nursing Committee

Dear Nursing Colleagues

The SIOP Nurses Committee, working closely with Deborah Tomlinson and colleagues from the local organizing committee in Toronto, believe that we have put together a really exciting nursing programme for you at the 2014 SIOP Congress. We are all really looking forward to it – and we hope to see many of you there!

Deborah and colleagues have put together a great looking nursing session for the ‘education day' on Wednesday the 22nd of October. You will find the programme on the ‘nursing’ stream on the website, and more information about the day in Deborah’s welcome letter. Of course you are also able to choose to attend any of the other education sessions running on the 22nd – and you will find all the details of those sessions on the main Congress web pages.

Throughout the three days of Congress, we will have a full nursing programme, and on the 24th October we will hear from our Nursing Keynote speaker - Professor Imelda Coyne, Professor of Children's Nursing in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her presentation will focus on children’s rights in decisions. On that day, we will also hold a joint session with the parents group, addressing the issues that they face when caring for children during periods of neutropenia and, for the first time, host a collaborative session with the psycho-oncology group. 

This year’s topics in the ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions include fertility preservation and genomics as well as tumor-specific topics – for those who get up early enough to make the most of every minute of Congress!

We have lots of posters this year, which will be on display throughout all 3 days of the main congress programme. On the second day, there will be a moderated poster discussion session, which gives us the opportunity to meet with presenters, and learn from the wide range of topic areas covered in posters this year.

We will continue with one of our favourite parts of the nursing programme – the Round Table sessions, where we will meet in small groups to discuss topics of shared clinical and professional interest. This will take place on the first afternoon of Congress, and we hope you will all join in, to meet and learn from each other. 

It is, after all, that opportunity for nurses from all over the world to meet together, to share together, and to learn together which makes the SIOP Congress such a wonderful experience – we hope to see you there!

Christina Baggott, Chair of the SIOP Nursing Committee, SIOP 2014​

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