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Sydney Children's Hospital Clinical Research Nurse

The Centre for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCC&BD) at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick with the donated funds from Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia have employed a Clinical Nurse Consultant for Clinical Practice Development and Research. 
This nursing position was created to address a strategic goal of the CCC&BD to encourage and promote the use of and development of nursing research to enhance the care of children with cancer and blood disorders.  Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia have allowed this to become a reality.
The Clinical Practice Development and Research Position has three distinct areas of practice:
1.      Promote the use of nursing research to change practice.
2.      Encourage the development of nursing research through support and mentorship.
3.      Supporting staff’s professional development
Examples of initiatives that would not have been possible without the funding from the Kids With Cancer Charity are:
Improving Fever and Neutropenia Management: This quality improvement project aimed to decrease the time it takes for a child who arrives at a hospital with a fever to receive their first dose of intravenous antibiotics.  This singe event has been shown to decrease a child’s risk of dying from infection.
This initiative was started at SCH, R but has not been rolled out in Emergency Departments and Paediatric Units throughout NSW so that children who live in rural or remote areas receive the same standard of care as those who can attend Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.  The Clinical Nurse Consultant had the time and resources to collaborate with the Emergency Department to develop this project as well as support the evaluation of its effectiveness. This project was nominated for a NSW Baxter Award for Excellence.
Evaluation of Adolescent Cancer Care Services: We are currently evaluating the services we provide adolescents with cancer.  The CCC&BD is currently evaluating how we manage young people with cancer and are developing resources for the young people to help them with their cancer journey.  The Clinical Nurse Consultant has been able to support the Nursing and Allied Health Team members to nurture this project as well as support the team members in their own development.  The CNC has supported members of the team who would otherwise not become involved, become involved in practice improvement initiative.  This mentoring is integral to the development of future nursing leaders in paediatric oncology. A second arm of this project is lobbying state and national governmental bodies to highlight the gaps in cancer care for adolescent and young adults in NSW.
Independent Nursing Research: The Clinical Nurse Consultant for Practice Development and Research is initiating independent nursing research projects into cancer symptoms in young children.  The aim of this research is to develop a greater understanding of the symptom experience of young children who undergo cancer treatment.  Greater understanding of symptoms in young children will lead to better management of these symptoms.
We would like to thank Kids with Cancer for their generosity and continuous support for the Clinical Nurse Consultant Position

We urge you to consider the children in a hospital near you.  Please donate, post cheques to: Kids with Cancer Foundation, PO Box 135 Westmead NSW 2145 or for credit cards: free-call any donations to 1800 255522, and we guarantee that 100% of these donations will be passed to families, or use this Donate now button or at the top of the page.
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