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Sickle Cell Disease Nursing Bootcamp 2024

September 9-13, 2024

Application Deadline: June 10, 2024


The Sickle Cell Boot Camp to Promote Nursing Excellence Nationally and Globally Utilizing a Train the Trainer Model addresses the critical need for specialized education and training for nurses who care for sickle cell patients.​

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) affects 100,000 people in the U.S., but education about the disease in nursing schools is limited. This effort is a collaboration of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH), and the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates (IASCNAPA). It is funded by UTHSC, SJCRH, and a Delta Health Care Services grant. 

The SCD nursing bootcamp was developed using an evidenced-based SCD curriculum developed by nursing experts from throughout the US. Curriculum developers and instructors include Drs. Dominique Bulgin, Elisabeth Chismark, Sara Day, Artangela Henry, Cheedy Jaja, Stephanie Ibemere, Cheryl Brewer, Dora Clayton-Jones, Keesha Roach, Selorm Ansah, Lori Vick, Christina Wills and  Kathy Burns, Yvonne Carroll, Pat Corley, Rae Blaylark, Brooke Clemons, Jackie Carter, and Charlene Sylvestre.



Program Overview and Goals

The Sickle Cell Boot Camp to Promote Nursing Excellence Nationally and Globally Utilizing a Train the Trainer Model will be held September 9-13, 2024, at the UTHSC College of Nursing. This program will include the Train the Trainer Model to empower nurses to become SCD nurse educators at their institutions.


Application and Eligibility

This program is geared toward nurses and nurse practitioners who provide care and develop nursing policies for patients with SCD, including bedside and clinic nurses, nurse managers and administrators, and nurses in academia with a focus on SCD. Applicants must be registered nurses or nurse practitioners actively involved with the SCD patient community.



What:   This is a five-day, in-person, interactive event. Space is limited.

When:  Boot Camp is scheduled for September 9-13, 2024.

Where: UTHSC College of Nursing in Memphis, TN.

Cost: This is free to participants. Funding is provided by a Delta Health Care Services Grant, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the University of TN Health Science Center School of Nursing. Transportation and lodging are provided for out-of-town participants. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily during the bootcamp for participants.

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