Dear SIOP members,

On behalf of the SIOP Nursing Network, we’d like to invite you to an educational webinar: “SIOP Nursing Network: Current Activities and Opportunities”

This is the second webinar in a series of three, intended to discuss the Past, Present and Future of the SIOP Nursing Network. It will explore current SIOP nursing membership, with an overview of where and how nurses are contributing to SIOP’s vision of cure for more, care for all.  We will discuss contributions of nurse leaders in SIOP to programs including the annual Congress, Global Health, Baseline Nursing Standards as well as Quality Improvement and Research. We will also explore challenges of specialization and workforce issues post COVID-19. Attendees will learn more about how to get involved in current SIOP activities as we continue to grow and develop.

  • Date:  27th April 2023
  • Time:  12pm UTC / 1pm BST / 8am EDT
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  • Agenda
  • Please note that you need a zoom account registration in order to attend the webinar. Zoom accounts are free and easy and it takes 5 min. Visit to sign up for a Zoom account.

We hope to see you at the webinar!

Warm regards,

Dr. Mohammad Alqudimat & Prof. Natalie Bradford

On behalf of the SIOP Nursing Network Steering Committee

Bios of Speakers and Moderators

Linda Abramovitz, MSN, RN, CNS, BMTCN, FAAN is an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, Department of Family Health Care Nursing and faculty for UCSF Global Cancer Program.  Her career as a Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist has focused on improving care for pediatric oncology and transplant patients and supporting nurses providing this specialized care. Raising the standards and the profile of nursing in low and middle-income countries is an important focus of her practice. Linda is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She is a member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and currently serves as chair on the APHON Global Outreach Committee. Linda passionately advocates for nurses globally via her work with the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) including the development and promotion of the Baseline Standards for Pediatric Oncology Nursing Care. She has supported the development of educational programs in Vietnam, Tanzania, India and Ethiopia. Linda currently serves on the executive board of Southeast Asia Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (SEAPHO).

Dr. Marilyn Hockenberry is a member of the SIOP Scientific Committee and the Nursing Steering Group. She is the Director of Global HOPE Nursing and a tenured Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also the Bessie Baker Professor Emerita of Nursing at Duke University.

Lorena Segovia Weber, is a St Jude Global Nursing Project Coordinator.  Originally from Chile, certified in Pediatric Hemato-oncology by the ONCC and with more than 16 years promoting nursing excellence in Latin America through introducing the nurse educator role, a pioneering initiative in the region, and through different educative and QI projects.  She was an active member of the APHON Spanish Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Subcommittee, which worked to adapt and pilot the Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider and Instructor course in Latin American countries. She is also a member of the SIOP Nursing Steering Committee.

Shelby Sandoval is the current co-chair of the Global Health Network Nursing Working Group.  She has been in the pediatric oncology nursing field for 13 years and has held many roles from bedside to management.  For the past 6 years, Shelby has worked with pediatric oncology nurses in Vietnam in supporting continuing education, professional development, and the implementation of the baseline standards.

Julia Challinor (RN, PhD, MS in Education and MS in Med Anthropology) serves as a consultant for multiple international projects for childhood cancer and pediatric oncology nursing, including the APHON Spanish Chemotherapy/Biotherapy course in Latin America. She was the Educational Liaison for children with cancer and those who had survived their disease at the University of California, San Francisco from 1993-2003. During 1994-2006, she also headed A Tomorrow for Children Foundation and worked in partnership with pediatric oncology centers that are members of the Asociación de Hemato-Oncología Pediátrica de Centro America (AHOPCA), collaborating with Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (Canada) (POGO), and the Monza International School of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (Italy) (MISPHO). Recently she has participated in pediatric oncology nursing initiatives in Ethiopia and India. As the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Advocacy Officer Julia has participated in the WHO Global Childhood Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) since 2018, the WHO (GICC) workshop in Lima Peru in 2019 and ongoing related nursing projects in the country. Other tasks include a continued role in WHO GICC nursing issues and the SIOP Global Mapping of Pediatric Oncology Services project.

Dr. Courtney Sullivan attained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University. She earned both her master’s degree as an Acute and Continuing Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is presently a postdoctoral research fellow at UAB where her research focuses on measuring pediatric oncology nursing quality and establishing an evidence-base of nursing-sensitive outcomes internationally. Her passion and focus are to support and enable nurses to improve practice and outcomes. Dr. Sullivan has worked with nurses internationally through St. Jude Global and other avenues for nearly a decade. While at St. Jude Global, she expanded its nursing outreach from 12 to more than 40 countries, transitioning from a twinning to a network approach. She established the Latin American Nurse Educator Network; St. Jude-VIVA Asia Pacific Nursing Institute; and co-led the development of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) Spanish chemo/biotherapy certificate courses in Latin America and laid the groundwork for Portuguese and Russian versions. As past chair of the APHON Global Outreach Committee, she led strategic planning efforts and transformed the International Task Force into a robust and productive committee with several work streams. She is presently the SIOP Nursing Network Chair and has been active in the Young SIOP Educational Day Working Group, Membership Committee, Global Health Nursing Working Group, and Baseline Nursing Standards. Dr. Sullivan is also engaged in the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) and is passionate about integrating nursing priorities within national childhood cancer control planning.