Advancing to the position of nurse practitioner has allowed me to continue to work with the oncology team caring for patients and families. I really enjoy educating families about their child’s diagnosis and empowering them to care for their child despite this new challenge. I practice on the inpatient unit caring mainly for patients who are newly diagnosed or are admitted for routine chemotherapy. Over the 11 years that I have worked in pediatric oncology, I continue to be impressed with how resilient patients and families are despite the difficult situation.
I recently was selected to pilot the weekend-care model at CHOP, staffing nurse practitioners into the weekend team. I am now fortunate to work with the Hematologic and Solid Tumor teams under the general oncology umbrella.
In my role as an Acute, Chronic Care Nurse Practitioner, I have given presentations to students and colleagues that focus on leukemia, sarcomas as well as neuroblastoma. I am also very involved in the delivery of immunotherapy research here at CHOP for patients with neuroblastoma. Additionally I am involved in research of diaper dermatitis on infant leukemia and improving patient safety measures.
Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities
Memberships in professional organizations
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
Posters and presentations
Gingrich A, et al. A novel approach for treating adolescents and young adults with recurrent high risk neuroblastoma: monthly low dose I131 -metaiodobenzylguanidine [poster presentation]. The Children's Oncology Group Nursing Conference; 2009 Apr 1-5; Atlanta, GA.
Gingrich A. Rhabdomyosarcoma [presentation]. University of Pennsylvania Oncology Nurse Practitioner Program; 2006-present; Philadelphia, PA.
Education and Training
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)
BSN - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
MSN - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Departments and Services
Patient Experience Ratings
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