National nursing scholarship update

September 30, 2019
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Professor Geoffrey Driscoll Nursing Scholarship for Haematology and Related Nursing

Thank you to Mrs Jan Driscoll and family, for their ongoing commitment to supporting transplant nurses wishing to enhance their nursing skills through further education.

The following transplant nurses have been awarded scholarships to study transplant related subjects via the Australian College of Nursing:

 Dimity Ryan from the Riverina Cancer Care Centre was awarded $2500 to study Chemotherapy and Other Systemic Treatments in Cancer Care.

 Kellie Symes from University Hospital Geelong received a $2500 scholarship to study Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

 Tara Hutton from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital was awarded a $5000 scholarship to study Chemotherapy and Other Systemic Treatments in Cancer Care and Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

 Bernadette Crisp from Gold Coast University Hospital was also awarded $5000 to study Chemotherapy and Other Systemic Treatments in Cancer Care and Haematology Nursing.

 Emma Butler from the Riverina Cancer Care Centre was awarded $2500 to study Chemotherapy and Other Systemic Treatments in Cancer Care.

Kate McKibbon and Tamara Casey from the Riverina Cancer Care Centre also received scholarships of $2500 each to expand their education in Haematology Nursing.

Geetha Augustine, a clinical nurse at Royal Perth Hospital received a $2500 scholarship to study Blood and Marrow Transplantation. She writes:

“I am grateful to Arrow and the Driscoll family for selecting me for this scholarship.

Currently, I am a clinical nurse working at the haematology and outpatient chemotherapy unit at Royal Perth Hospital. Previously, I worked at the transplant unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital. I am passionate about bone marrow transplantation, and this study is helping me understand the transplant process and increase my skills in haematology nursing. My long-term goal is to become a haematology nurse practitioner. This qualification will allow me to provide quality care and will help to increase my knowledge about the impact of transplants on patients and their families.”

Ide furthers her transplant education at the University of Sydney

Ide Irwin, a registered nurse on the Haematology ward at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney recently received the Trace Richey Scholarship through the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation and said that studying the Master of Cancer and Haematology Nursing at the University of Sydney will give her the nursing skills that will enable her to have a direct impact on every patient that she comes in contact with, and each transplant colleague she works with.

“I am delighted and honoured to receive this scholarship. It means so much to me. Studying a Masters is going to be so good for my professional development. Increasing my knowledge will have a direct impact on my patients and colleagues.

I am so, so grateful. Thank you to everyone involved.”

Anabel attends conference in Spain

Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator, Annabel Horne, was given the opportunity to meet transplant experts from around the globe while advancing her understanding of hematopoietic cell transplantations and cellular therapies at the 4th European Bone Marrow Transplant conference held in Spain from 6th to the 8th of September.

The trip was made possible by funds from the Shaun Rosen Scholarship which was established with a $25,000 donation from Shaun Rosen in 2016.

Annabel wrote: Some great insights from European colleagues on various topics including HLA matching, treatments for Myeloma, management of GvHD and CAR T cell therapy. An interesting and informative meeting in a beautiful city.

Nabin and Jacqueline upskill in Switzerland

Nabin Karki and Jaqueline Nipperess both received a Shaun Rosen Nurses’ Education and Training Scholarship to attend The Haematology Nurses & Healthcare Professionals Group (HNHCP) Educational Conference in Zurich, Switzerland in February this year.

The conference was nursing-specific and offered a range of educational programs aimed at developing nurses’ skills and knowledge in managing some of the common, but very

challenging, issues such as informed patient consent, haemophilia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, neutropenic sepsis, tumour-lysis syndrome, patient transfer of care in ICU and central venous access devices.

Other recently awarded Shaun Rosen Scholarship recipients include Ide Irwin and Mary Hayes who will each received funding to attend the annual Blood conference in Perth from 20-23 October.

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