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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2017 Apr;22(2). doi: 10.1111/jspn.12180.

Educational and career goal attainments in young adult childhood cancer survivors.

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1
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, USA.
2
Hematology and Oncology Department, Life After Cancer Program, Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX, USA.
3
Department of Children's Health, Dallas Children's Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Examine the educational and career outcomes of young adult childhood cancer survivors.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Descriptive study design using a survey sent to 336 survivors. Quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed separately.

RESULTS:

Only 50 completed surveys were returned. Having a central nervous system tumor and radiation were associated with physical impairments. Four themes also emerged: future as medical professionals, dreams fallen short, peer relationships, and positive outlook on life.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Pediatric nurses caring for survivors should partner with oncology professionals to support survivors to enrich their educational and career opportunities.

KEYWORDS:

attainment; cancer survivors; career; education; pediatric

PMID:
28425203
DOI:
10.1111/jspn.12180
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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