POGO Welcomes New Provincial Clinical Lead, Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Denise Mills, MN, RN(EC), NP Pediatrics, CPHON, Joins POGO Team
Denise Mills is one of those rare people with a true passion for what she does. In fact, when asked about her work, she says, “it’s a privilege to care for a child with cancer.” More than likely, it is this enthusiasm, along with her significant training, experience and expertise, which contributed to Denise being the successful candidate in POGO’s recent search for the position of provincial clinical lead in pediatric oncology nursing.
In this new role, Denise will ensure the nursing perspective informs all aspects of POGO’s work in system planning, service delivery, quality improvement, education and research.
“I look forward to bringing my strong interest in multidisciplinary pediatric oncology education to my work at POGO,” says Denise.
Denise is a Master of Nursing, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, who began her nursing career over 20 years ago. She works at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the Solid Tumour, New Agents and Innovative Therapy, MIBG Program, and has held a leadership role at the hospital since 2001. Denise is seconded to POGO two days a week from SickKids.
Since her first introduction to POGO in the mid-1990s, Denise has been an avid member of several POGO committees and contributor to many POGO initiatives. She is the most recent Chair of the POGO Nursing Committee and until recently was a member of the POGO Board of Directors. Denise has been actively involved in the planning committees of several POGO Multi-Disciplinary Symposia on Childhood Cancer, including the 2018 Pre-Symposium Nursing Seminar.
Denise’s research interest is in patient/family education and she is a recipient of a POGO Seed Grant to fund her study “Improving Quality and Consistency in Family Education Prior to First Discharge Following a Pediatric Cancer Diagnosis.” Denise has contributed to quality improvement and innovation projects, she sits on many prestigious committees, including the Children’s Oncology Group Renal Tumour Steering Committee. She has addressed delegates at numerous conferences, contributed countless poster presentations globally, is a member of several professional associations and is a recipient of multiple professional scholarships.
Read Denise’s blog It’s a Privilege to Care for a Child with Cancer.