Cleveland Clinic Nurse Honored By The Association Of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses

Tara Malbasa Receives Jean Fergusson Excellence in Nursing Award

November 29, 2011

Cleveland Clinic nurse practitioner Tara Malbasa, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPON®, recently received one of the highest honors of her profession at the 35th Annual Conference and Exhibit of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON).

Malbasa was awarded the Jean Fergusson Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Practice Award, which is presented annually to an APHON member in recognition both of compassion and expertise in clinical nursing practice and for actively incorporating research and new ideas into clinical practice.

“I’m extremely honored to have been selected to receive this award and humbled that my nursing colleagues nominated me for it,” Malbasa said. “Beyond my personal excitement, this recognition is a reflection of the great work being done within the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Oncology department. This team is extremely talented and the role of the nurse practitioner is well utilized. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to do the things I do to deliver the best care for our patients and their families.”

Malbasa actively demonstrates her astute knowledge of clinical practice and protocol development to patients and nurses at the bedside through her work on the bone marrow transplant Clinical Care Guidelines. She reviews the procedures and protocols, speaks to staff on various topics, including care of the brain tumor patient, radiation therapy, the use of clinical trials in pediatric oncology patients and neurological assessment in pediatric oncology patients.

Additionally, Malbasa has worked very closely with social workers to develop a Sibling Support Program for patients and their families. Within this program, education opportunities, social events and supportive activities have been offered to the families at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.

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