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Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program
The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program is designed to help stimulate the career interest and foster the professional development of potential oncology nurses. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide aspiring nurses with comprehensive clinical exposure to oncology nursing and to "best practices" in compassionate care. Fellows will have opportunities to attend various pertinent internal educational programs and meetings with key hospital staff members to provide an additional learning experience. Although the fellowship typically focuses on adult oncology patient care, our goal at Children’s National Hospital is to provide aspiring pediatric oncology nurses with a meaningful internship in this very specialized field.
Our fellowship at Children’s National includes a comprehensive scope of direct involvement with various patient activities and observational learning experiences in pediatric oncology, including but not limited to:
- Oncology nursing (roles/responsibilities, applied practice and specialties)
- Medical/surgical oncology (treatment plans, evidence-based practice and research protocols)
- Clinical research
- Palliative care (PANDA, end-of-life programs)
- Infusion services
- Home care services
- Patient/family support services
Flynn fellows will also be required to complete an “evidence-based practice” project on some aspect of pediatric oncology during their fellowship. This project will be developed in collaboration with the program coordinator and will be presented at the conclusion of the fellowship program. In addition to these learning opportunities, fellows will also have the opportunity to take part in learning experiences alongside nursing students who are part of the summer nursing internship program provided by Children’s National.
The program will span ten weeks in length from June-August and will be conducted at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. The schedule will have a variable schedule of 36-40 hours/week depending on clinical experiences, this includes weekdays, weekends, day and night shift.
The student nurse will be paid for the ten-week program.
Our fellowship is being offered to eligible “rising senior” nursing students from an accredited nursing program. It is imperative before applying to this program to ensure your ability to attend the ten-week program in its entirety.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 3.0 GPA or higher
- In good academic standing
All applicants will be required to submit a detailed essay demonstrating the applicant’s strong desire to practice in the pediatric oncology setting. Patient and family-centered care are core values at Children’s National, in addition to care, advocacy, research and education. Applicants are encouraged to review our website as they prepare to write their essay.
Additionally all applicants will be required to:
- Submit a current copy of your curriculum vitae (CV)
- Submit the following supplemental items:
- Pediatric oncology essay (Why pediatric oncology, why me?)
- Official school transcript
- Two letters of recommendation
All application must be submitted electronically. Applications must be submitted in its entirety. We recommend having all documents ready prior to starting the electronic application process. The complete application form and packet must be received by established due date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Additional application processes will be shared with eligible applicants.
Applications will be reviewed for completeness; please submit all requested items as a packet. Qualified candidates will be interviewed by a selection committee consisting of staff from Nursing Education, Hematology and Oncology. For questions about the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program, please email the Program Coordinator, Shari Washington or call 202-476-3523.