Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

I’m Rod Armstong, MSN, RN.  I am the manager of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology unit located on the 6th floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

To work in the Hematology and Oncology unit, our nurses strive to provide the best care to our patients and their families that may sometimes be in the hospital for extended periods of time.  As part of orientation, our nurses take part in a two-day chemotherapy bio-therapy course and participate in workshops on the care of stem cell transplants and radioactive therapy.

Rod Armstrong, MSN, RN
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

 Unit Highlights:

Focus of Care   Patient Demographic   Number of Beds               Certifications of Our Nursing Staff
Benign & malignant hematology, oncology, bone marrow and stem cell transplant, and radioactive therapy.  Pediatric  25: 
19 beds in the Myelosuppression unit  6 beds in the Chemotherapy unit 
  • BLS certification
  • PEARS certification
  • APHON certification
  • Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Providers

About Us:

The Vanderbilt Childhood Cancer Program is a collaboration between the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.  Our unit is comprised of two smaller units called “pods”.

  • Pod A covers pediatric hematology oncology and is a 19-bed myelosuppression unit.  The unit is HEPA filtered and therefore safe for our patients who have compromised immune systems.  Children on this unit can leave their rooms and even play in the contained playroom available to them within a secured, safe, area.
  • Pod B is an acute care unit with beds shared for chemotherapy admissions including treatment of fever and neutropenia.

Our unit is dedicated to a patient-and-family-centered, multidisciplinary team approach to ensure that each patient and family receives the very best treatment and support developed especially for them.

A typical shift for our nurses includes being involved with patients across the care continuum, from diagnosis, through treatment, through cessation of therapy.  Developing those long-term relationships with these families is definitely valued by our team

The Center is an active partner in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) which consists of over 220 institutions across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.  We, at Vanderbilt, have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials for front-line treatments to many types of childhood cancers as well as trials involving new and emerging treatments, supportive care, and survivorship.

Recruitment Information:

Click to ApplyIf you are interested in applying to this unit, please visit Work at Vanderbilt: Achieve the Remarkable for current open positions.

                 Try using these search keywords to locate a position in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology:
                 hematology, oncology, childhood cancer, blood disorders, pediatrics
Nurse Residency ProgramThis unit/area is a part of the Pediatric Track in the Nurse Residency Program.
If you are a new grad, please visit our Nurse Residency Program section for more information.

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