Hi Brooke,

I also currently work inpatient pediatric oncology. As I’m sure you understand, it seems that patients come in so ill that there is urgency to start treatment and fertility is seldom addressed. In my current role as a bedside nurse, I have had to provide education about sperm banking collection, in addition to coordinating collection timing and parental delivery of specimen. At first, I felt awkward and uncomfortable with the topic but I made myself normalize it as part of the clinical treatment. I sense patients/families are a lot more comfortable if the clinician is comfortable with the topic and if patients perceive it as the treatment norm. However, I still have large knowledge gaps in fertility preservation, which is why I applied for this course. I really appreciate what you said in your post about meeting patients where they are and reassuring patients/families in that there is no “wrong or right choice”.

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