National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day
National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day is a holiday observed on September 8th that celebrates the hardworking heroes who care for pediatric hematology and oncology patients. This holiday is appropriately placed during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and encourages everyone to pay homage to the nurses who care for children and young adults with cancer and/or blood disorders.
The jobs these nurses have to do on a daily basis not only take a physical toll on them but also a mental and emotional toll. That’s why we should all take the time to think about the job they do and give them the respect they deserve.
The History of National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day
This holiday has been celebrated for the past couple of years, but we’re unsure when it actually started. We know, however, that it was started by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses—otherwise known as APHON. They created this holiday to give credit to those hardworking nurses who help children with cancer and/or blood disorders every single day.
Observing National Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day
This holiday can be observed in any number of different ways. For some, this holiday might be a call to action to start a new nursing career or to steer their existing nursing career toward the field of hematology and oncology. While these jobs are taxing, they are incredibly rewarding for the nurses who are improving the lives of sick children every day.
Another way to observe this holiday is to give thanks to a nurse. This can be done in person, or you can thank them by using the hashtag #PediatricHematologyOncologyNursingDay on social media. People can also take the time to donate money to organizations that support children with cancer on this holiday or to research looking for a cure.