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Nursing & Allied Health Interest Group Leadership

Cindy Kenis (Belgium) - Chair

Cindy Kenis has achieved her Bachelor degree in Nursing at the College of Nursing in Leuven, Belgium (1999-2002). Aftwards, she has accomplished her Master in Nursing Science at the KU Leuven, Belgium (2002-2005) and finished her Academic Teacher Education in Medical-Social Health Sciences at the same university in 2007. In October 2015, she defended her PhD dissertation with the title ‘geriatric screening and assessment in older patients with cancer’ succesfully at the KU Leuven, Belgium.

Currently, she works as a geriatric oncology nurse at the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium. Within the Belgian Cancer Plan, she has coordinated the largest multicentric studies (period 2009-2011: 10 Belgian hospitals; period 2012-2015: 22 Belgian hospitals). Both studies were focusing on the implementation of a systematic geriatric screening and assessment within the Belgian cancer population. Her daily clinical practice and research is fully related to this topic.

During the past years, she has given national and international several lectures and presentations according to this topic. She’s also frequently asked to give educational sessions in different kinds of settings: medical students, nursing students, professional health care workers,… In 2014 she is awarded with the SIOG Nursing & Allied Health Investigators Award and in 2015 with the SIOG Young Investigators Award.

 

Petra Stolz Baskett (New Zealand) - Vice-Chair

In 2016, Petra Stolz Baskett moved back into clinical oncology nursing practice at the Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board, Nelson Hospital in New Zealand, after spending a decade in Switzerland where she was working as an oncology/chemotherapy nurse and lecturer at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur. She completed a MA(Nursing) degree at Massey University (NZ) in 2002, and is currently finishing her doctoral studies through the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College in London – UK. Her dissertation work examines the experiences and needs of informal caregivers of older cancer patients receiving chemotherapy treatment. Her clinical work and educational interests are focused on supportive care needs of older cancer patients and their families in different cultural settings and advanced nursing practice role developments across primary and tertiary settings to meet the needs of geriatric and/or oncology populations.

 

Peggy Sue Burhenn (USA)

Peggy Burhenn is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in geriatric oncology. In her current role as Professional Practice Leader for Geriatric Oncology at City of Hope in Duarte California, she is involved in education, research, and care management of the older adult with cancer.  Her focus has been to teach nurses about caring for the older adult with cancer. She has developed a group of geriatric resource nurses.   She is a co-investigator for an R25 grant that supports an educational conference on geriatric oncology.    She is the principal investigator for a study to evaluate nurses’ knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of caring for older adults.  She is also co-investigator for a protocol evaluating reasons for readmissions in the older adult with cancer.  Her work focuses on a diversity of geriatric related issues such as: geriatric assessment, delirium, sleep promotion, fall prevention, cognition, pain in the older adult, and guided imagery. She serves as a preceptor for CNS students at local universities.  In 2013 she received the Margo McCaffery Excellence in Pain Management award and the Values in Action award at City of Hope for Intellectual Curiosity and in 2014 the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year from the Greater Los Angeles Oncology Nursing Society.In April 2015 she received the Oncology Nursing Society national award for Excellence in Caring for the Older Adult with Cancer.

 

Karis Cheng (Singapore)

Karis Cheng is Professor of the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. She is also an Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull in United Kingdom. Her research interests include symptom epidemiology and management, and supportive/transitional care of adults and older adults with cancer and chronic diseases. Prof Cheng has successfully completed a number of local and international research studies, and published extensively in the areas of cancer therapy-related complication and side effect management, quality of life, survivorship care, and psychometric evaluation. Currently, Prof Cheng is a member of the SIOG Nursing & Allied Health Interest Group, and vice-chair of the MASCC/ISOO Mucositis Study Group. She is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Methodology, and serves on various editorial/advisory boards of the international referred journals including the European Journal of Oncology Nursing and the Journal of Geriatric and Palliative Care.

 

Ginah Nightingale (USA)

Current Position/Education/Training
Ginah Nightingale, Pharm.D., BCOP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her doctor of pharmacy degree from Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy after which she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Temple University Health System in Philadelphia and then completed a second year Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. She is a board certified oncology pharmacotherapy specialist.

Current Pharmacy Practice/Role/Responsibilities
Dr. Nightingale is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) for the past 5.5 years in both the didactic and experiential settings. Dr. Nightingale’s clinical practice sites include the inpatient Medical Oncology unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the ambulatory Senior Adult Oncology Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Kimmel Cancer Center where she provides medication therapy management services, medication adherence counseling and medication education.

Current Projects/Research Interests
Dr. Nightingale’s research interests include senior adult oncology, specifically, medication related problems including polypharmacy, potentially inappropriate medication use, adverse drug events and medication adherence in senor adults living with cancer.

 

Martine Puts (Canada)

Martine has completed her Bachelor in Nursing, Master in Health Sciences and her PhD on the topic of Frailty in community-dwelling older adults in the Netherlands. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Solidage Research Group on Frailty and Aging, Jewish General Hospital/ Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Occupational Health, McGill University, Montreal Canada.

Her research focuses on improving care for frail older adults with cancer and she is particularly interested in geriatric assessment and management, treatment decision making and treatment adherence and quality of life. She has been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award to support her research.

She is supervising several doctoral nursing students interested in geriatric oncology.