A World Leader in Children's Health

Colleen Callahan, RN, MSN, CRNP

Nurse Practitioner

As a nurse practitioner, my role is to coordinate and provide care for children who are newly diagnosed with cancer and for those continuing treatment for cancer. Educating patients, families and staff is an integral part of my role. I also coordinate stem cell collection for patients requiring stem cell transplant. Important aspects of my role include providing anticipatory guidance, teaching and educating patients and families, and providing consistency and continuity of care.

Working on the inpatient unit allows me to focus on providing supportive care to patients during their admissions for chemotherapy. My main goal is to make patients and families as comfortable as possible and make things as easy as I can for them throughout their cancer treatment. Over the 16 years that I have worked in pediatric oncology, I have learned how strong patients and families can be when a child is diagnosed with cancer.

My area of specialty is general oncology. I have presented many lectures that focus on various general oncology topics including leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and stem cell collection.

My research interests include patient safety; in particular, chemotherapy safety. I also have an interest in the treatment of leukemias. I am the Nursing representative for a Children’s Oncology Group study which is comparing two different antifungal medications used to prevent fungal infections in patients with AML.

Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities

Editorial and academic positions

Academic positions

2011, Children's Oncology Group, Developed Family Protocol Summary for ACCL0933 for COG website
2011, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Patient and Family Education Roadmap Workgroup
2009, Children's Oncology Group, Nurse Representative for ACCL0933
2008-present, Clinical Practice Committee
2006-present, Oncology Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee
2006-present, Chemotherapy Safety Committee
2005-present, Proactive Enteral Feeding Study
2002-present, Stem Cell Transplant Program Quality Improvement Committee
2002-2005, Cathether Care Committee

Memberships in professional organizations

2000-present, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
2000-present, Children's Oncology Group
1999-present, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
1993-present, Oncology Nursing Society
1992-present, Sigma Theta Tau

Original papers

2004

Callahan C, DeLaCruz H. Central line placement for the pediatric oncology patient: a model of advanced practice nurse collaboration. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2004 Jan;21(1):16-21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 15058402. Read the abstract

Powell JL, Bunin NJ, Callahan C, Aplenc R, Griffin G, Grupp SA. An unexpectedly high incidence of Epstein-Barre virus lymphoproliferative disease after CD34+ selected autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplant in neuroblastoma. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2004 Mar;33(6):651-7. Cited in PubMed; PMID 14730339. Read the abstract

2003

Callahan C, DeLaCruz  H. Central line placement for the pediatric oncology patient: a model of advanced practice nurse collaboration.
J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2004 Jan;21(1):16-21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 15058402. Read the abstract

Posters and presentations

2011

Powell S, Storey B, Gross K, Callahan C, Lewi, S, Manek M, et al. Applying the sterile cockpit to chemotherapy and high risk medications: creation of safety zones [presentation]. National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI); 2011 Mar; Baltimore, MD.

2010

Callahan C. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2010 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

Callahan C. Acute myeloid leukemia [presentation]. Graduate Nursing Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; 2010 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

2009

Callahan C. Leukemia [presentation]. Physical Therapy Department, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2009; Philadelphia, PA.

2008

Callahan C. Patients for stem cell transplants [presentation]. Apheresis Program, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2008; Philadelphia, PA.

Callahan C. Neuroblastoma [presentation]. Interventional Radiology, Sedation Unit Nurses, IV Team, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2008; Philadelphia, PA.

2006

Callahan C. Sarcoma [presentation]. Post Orientation Lecture Series for Newly Hired Oncology Nurses, The Children's  Hospital of Philadelphia; 2006 fall; Philadelphia, PA.

2005

Callahan C. The inpatient pediatric nurse practitioner: a comprehensive care model that provides continuity of care as well as education for patients, families, and nurses [poster]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses 29th Annual Conference; 2005 Sep 15-17; Portland, OR.

Callahan C. The permanent inpatient nurse practitioner role in pediatric oncology ensuring clinical support for patients, families, and nurses involved in clinical trials [poster]. Children's Oncology Group Conference; 2005 Oct 25-29; Dallas, TX.

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