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Hi Katherine,
I am a bedside nurse in an inpatient pediatric oncology unit. There have been a few instances where I help to provide sperm banking education to parents/patients and I also help coordinate the timing of specimen collection with parent’s delivery of the specimen. As Rachel commented above, I feel it’s really important to acknowledge/validate their teenage feelings (e.g. that this situation sucks, can be uncomfortable to talk about with others). After that, I remind them how important it is to be present in the conversation. With teenagers, I think it’s also important to save certain assessment questions for a time that a parent is not at the bedside (if at all possible). For example, some teens will change their responses if they know a parent is just outside the door, or may fear that their parents will begin to interrogate after the clinician leaves.

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