The SIOP Nursing Network is pleased to invite you to a webinar on the History of Nursing at SIOP.

  • Date: March 16, 2023
  • Time: 3pm UTC – 4pm UTC
  • Register: here
  • Moderators: Rachel Hollis and Carola Freidank
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This webinar is the first in a series of 3 webinars which will highlight the Past, Present and Future of the SIOP Nursing Network. It will recount the history of nursing within SIOP from the 1980s and up to 2020 – marked across the globe as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This story will be told through the voices and perspectives of leaders from four decades of nursing engagement in SIOP. Attendees will learn more about our history, achievements, and the challenges we faced. This is an opportunity to learn from our past and to reflect on  your experiences as we prepare to look to our future.

Webinar Agenda:

  • 15:00 Welcome and Introductory remarks (Rachel Hollis; former Steering Committee Member)
  • 15:10 Professor Faith Gibson – Chair of the SIOP Nursing Committee 1999 – 2008
  • 15:15 Carola Freidank – Former Steering Committee Member – discussion & reflection
  • 15:20 Patti Byron – Chair of the SIOP Nursing Committee 2008 – 2012
  • 15:25 Rachel Hollis – discussion & reflection
  • 15:30 Tina Baggott  – Chair of the SIOP Nursing Committee 2012 – 2017
  • 15:35 Carola Freidank – discussion & reflection
  • 15: 40 Lisa Morrissey  – Chair of the SIOP Nursing Committee 2018 – 2021
  • 15:45 Rachel Hollis – discussion & reflection
  • 15:50 Short Q & A and closing remarks (Carola Freidank)


Lisa Morrissey, MPH MSN RN NE-BC, is the Senior Director of Nursing & Patient Care Services for Hematology/Oncology/Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), where she has worked for 39 years. Since 2015, she has been Director of the BCH Global Nursing Fellowship, which aims to support pediatric health by sharing best nursing practices in clinical care, education, research and advocacy. Lisa holds an MSN in Nursing Administration from Northeastern University, and an MPH in Healthcare Management from Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program at University of Massachusetts Boston.  Lisa’s global health focus is on pediatric oncology nursing education and nursing standards in low and mid resource countries. She served on the SIOP Nurse Steering Committee from 2017-2021 and was the chair from 2018-2021.

Christina Baggott (Tina) is a Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner in the Cancer Clinical Trials Office at Stanford University. Tina served as Chair of the SIOP Nursing Committee from 2012 to 2017. Tina received her Undergraduate Degree from the University of Alabama;  her Master’s degree from Emory University; and her Doctoral degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, Dr. Baggott helps manage clinical trials for patients who are receiving Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CART) therapy. Her program of research is focused on an evaluation of the symptom experience of children receiving treatment for cancer. Aspects of this program of research include the assessment of changes in symptom occurrence, severity, and distress across the child’s treatment trajectory, the impact of symptoms on patient outcomes (e.g., functional status, quality of life), and parents’ perceptions of children’s symptoms. An additional focus of her research is the use of technology to develop and evaluate tools on mobile platforms to assess and manage cancer-related symptoms (mHealth).

Rachel Hollis is Honorary Nurse Adviser Children’s Cancer at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in the UK. She spent more than thirty years working in paediatric oncology and haematology in Leeds, and has been involved in developing services for children and young people with cancer in the UK at the local and national level. Rachel is a long standing nurse member of SIOP, having served on the Nursing Committee, and represented nursing on the Scientific Committee. She is engaged in the Global Health Network and was a co-author of the SIOP Baseline Standards for paediatric oncology nursing care in low and middle-income countries. She works alongside nurse members of SIOP and international nursing colleagues, to ensure that nursing is integrated into the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer. She is co-chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Nursing Network. Rachel is Chair of the Board of ‘World Child Cancer UK’, a charity which works to support capacity building in paediatric oncology in low and middle income countries. She leads a twinning partnership between the Leeds Children’s Hospital and the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. Rachel was made a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in recognition of her work, and chairs the Professional Nursing Committee of the RCN.

Faith Gibson is a Registered Nurse, qualifying in 1981, and then in 1986 completing a second qualification as Registered Children’s Nurse: both qualifications gained whilst at the University Hospital in Nottingham. During 1981-1986 Faith worked in a number of adult cancer units and a hospice, and completed her Oncology Training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. From 1986 to date Faith has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH), undertaking a range of clinical, educational and research roles. This period includes joint appointments with UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and London South Bank University (LSBU). She was awarded her MSc from the University of Surrey (1984), and later her doctorate from London South Bank University (2001) for her working defining generalist and specialist children’s nursing. Since completing her doctorate Faith has held a number of research posts, and was conferred as Clinical Professor of Children’s and Young People’s Cancer Care in 2009. This was a joint appointment between GOSH and LSBU. Faith continues with her joint appointment at GOSH in the role of Deputy Chief Nurse for Research, Nursing and Allied Health. Faith has a research career spanning nearly 20 years. She is internationally recognised for her research in children’s and young people’s cancer care. This work was recognised in 2007 when she was granted Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Patti Byron has recently retired from her most recent post as Senior Director for Operational Readiness & Sustainment in the British Columbia Children’s and Women’s Hospital Redevelopment Project. Prior to this, she spent 30 years in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital, with a career that took her from Staff Nurse to Senior Director for the Specialized Pediatrics Programs, including Hematology /Oncology, Inpatient & Ambulatory Care. Patti provided leadership and management expertise supporting the delivery of patient care services to the patients and families at BCCH. She was responsible for the effective and efficient management of inter- professional care delivery to patients and families, including managing and directing staff, and developing and overseeing the program budget for sub-specialized inpatient and ambulatory care service. Patti was an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) from 2000 onwards, serving as a Nursing Steering Committee member, with other committee work including Administration, the Nominating Committee, clinical study committees, and Nursing Education. She joined SIOP in 2004, and was on the organising committee for the SIOP Congress in Vancouver. She was elected onto the Nursing Steering Committee, where she became Chair in 2008.

Carola Freidank is the head of the department of further education in nursing at the Medical School Hannover, Germany. She is a specialist in paediatric oncology nursing and working since 1986 in this field. Since 1994 Carola is a nurse member in SIOP and worked in different roles like in the Nursing Committee. She has been the representative nurse on the Scientific Committee and later on in the Council Committee. 1995 she founded the German Paediatric Oncology Group (GPONG) to develop recommendations for actions in paediatric oncology and to support the role of paediatric oncology nurses in Germany. She is also involved in the DKG (German Cancer Society) certification of paediatric oncology departments in Germany. In the nurses Committee she was responsible for organizing the educational nursing program during the conferences starting 2000 in Amsterdam.
As the representative nurse on the Council Committee she organized the first parallel program for nurses at the continental Africa meeting in Ghana 2010 and was involved in the Baseline Standards for paediatric oncology nursing care in low and middle-income countries. In Hannover Carola is involved in different exchange programs with nurses from different countries (Spain, Indonesia, China…) with a focus on the further education in nursing and oncology nursing.