Student Presents Poster at Pediatric Conference

Amanda Gingrich, senior nursing student, presented her poster, “Brightening the Future of Pediatric Patients with Veno-Occlusive Disease through Prevention” at the Society for Pediatric Nurses 27th Annual Conference at the Palm Beach Convention Center in Florida April 6-9, 2017. Amanda collaborated with Children’s Mercy Hospital nurses Elizabeth Hawkinson, RN, an MU grad and Amanda’s externship preceptor, and Bonnie Tecza, MSN, RN, CPN, the externship director.

This poster is an evidenced-based practice project completed during her summer nurse externship on the Oncology/Hematology/Bone marrow transplant unit. Her project focused on the medication Defibrotide in the treatment of Veno-Occlusive Disease (VOD), a complication of bone marrow transplants that leads to multi-organ failure and death. Amanda found promising efficacy in Defibrotide being administered prophylactically to prevent the transplant rejection complication of VOD. These findings have been shared with Children’s Mercy staff and Bone Marrow Taskforce Team as well as presented at the 27th Society of Pediatric Nurses conference.