Kathy Goris, Chairperson of the Nurses Group Scientific Committee
My name is Kathy Goris and I am honoured to represent the EBMT Nurses Group Scientific Committee (SC) as chairperson since May 2021. I’m a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in allogeneic stem cell transplantation at the University Hospitals of Leuven in Belgium and my main interests involve research in patient reported outcomes and in ways to improve and re-engineer follow-up care after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
The Scientific Committee is responsible for the nurse oriented scientific program at the EBMT Annual Meeting. Our ambition is that all nurses and allied health care professionals, regardless of their experience within the field of hematologic stem cell transplantation, learn something new at the EBMT Annual Meetings. The aim is to empower them to bring home some improvement ideas so that the quality of care is enhanced in their own practice. A great goal to actively participate in.
Hereby, I would like to give our newest member, Lidia Hurtado, and our local nurse for the 49th Annual Meeting of the EBMT in 2023, Thomas Jézéquel, the opportunity to introduce themselves.
Lidia Hurtado Ortega, New Member of the Scientific Committee
I am Lidia, the newest member of the Scientific Committee (SC) for the EBMT Nurses Group.
I found the vacancy at the SC while looking for a nursing community with expertise in the field of Hematology – specifically in Stem Cell Transplantation and Cell Therapy. I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to share experiences with expert and dedicated nurses from all around Europe.
My main aim in taking part in the SC as a junior member is to become a highly trained, well-informed and competent nurse in the field of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cell Therapy. Participating in this group will give me the confidence I need to join nurse studies and projects to improve the quality of care we provide to our patients and families.
As a member of the Scientific Committee (SC), I contribute to developing the Nurse Scientific Program for the EBMT Annual Meeting that will take place in Paris and online in 2023. We meet four times a year to work on the list of topics of the Scientific Nurse Program, reviewing the Abstract Submission Guidelines and taking part in the Abstract Review Process from nurses who present their research or project at the EBMT Annual Meeting.
In addition, we also collaborate with other nurses groups in peer education, participating in different educational events. A great opportunity to learn and share experiences with other nurses from all over the world!
Thomas Jézéquel, Local Nurse 49th Annual Meeting of the EBMT
My name is Thomas. This year, I had the chance to join the Scientific Committee of the EBMT Nurses Group as a local nurse for the organization of the next EBMT Annual Meeting in Paris and online in 2023.
This event will be an excellent opportunity for BMT nurses across Europe to share experiences, knowledge, network and leadership.
For me it’s also the start of a collaboration with the EBMT Nurse Group. Also, it is a great opportunity to meet this dynamic team and to invest myself with them in the organization of this event, in collaboration with the Nurses Group Research Committee. It is also an opportunity to discover and understand the work of these groups, both on the organization of the Annual Meeting, but also on the different trainings that are offered to nurses by the EBMT during the year.
As a local nurse, I was able to participate in the meeting of the Scientific Committee to develop the congress program as well as the selection of themes, abstracts and speakers. This it is a great experience with colleagues from different countries whose objective is to provide the best scientific and educational content to improve the quality of care and put the patient at the center of nursing role.
Another part of this task is to promote this meeting to the French hematopoietic stem cell transplantation nursing teams and to facilitate networking between professionals.
Moreover, it is the perfect occasion to improve my skills in different areas such as nursing research, HSCT and continue to learn with experienced and inspiring professionals.