As a clinical nurse specialist, my role is to support clinical care for children with cancer in the Outpatient Oncology Clinic. I especially enjoy improving our systems to constantly keep patient and staff safety at the forefront of our care. I have been involved with various safety initiatives at CHOP and presented posters that focus on improving patient safety. I also have a passion for education. I love teaching patients and families as well as other nurses!
Over the 10 years that I have worked in pediatric oncology, I have been most impressed by the multi-disciplinary teamwork involved in caring for our patients and families.
Selected Publications, Honors and Professional Activities
Awards and honors
2010, CHOP Patient Safety Award
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
Editorial and Academic Positions
2009-present, Quality Improvement Committee, Division of Oncology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009-present, Chemotherapy Safety Committee, Division of Oncology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009-present, Pediatric Protocol Review Committee, Division of Oncology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009-present, Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs Committee, Division of Oncology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2009-present, JCAHO Preparedness Unit Leader
2009-present, Instructor, APHON Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Course
Memberships in Professional Organizations
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
- 2010, Vice president, local chapter
Posters and Presentations
Powell S, Storey B, Gross K, Callahan C, Lewis S, Manek M, et al. Applying the sterile cockpit to chemotherapy and high risk medications: creation of safety zones [poster presentation]. National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI); 2011 Mar; Baltimore, MD.
Powell S, Gross K, Storey B. Safe things come in mini packages [presentation]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses 34th Annual Conference; 2010 Oct 14-16; Minneapolis, MN.
Powell S, Gross K, Storey B. Chemotherapy safety initiative: solving the puzzle for safer administration [presentation]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses 34th Annual Conference; 2010 Oct 14-16; Minneapolis, MN.
Education and Training
Basic Life Support (BLS)Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON)Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist – Board Certified (PC NS-BC)
BSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Poster Master's, Clinical Nurse Specialist - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MSN, Nursing Education - Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Titles and Academic Titles
Outpatient Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Candidate
Departments and Services
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