Nursing SIG

Nursing SIG

Steering Committee

The ASTCT Nursing Steering Committee provides leadership for nurses within ASTCT and promotes nursing representation on ASTCT committees. The steering committee collaborates with the ONS Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant SIG on various projects and represents ASTCT's interests on these projects.

The Nursing SIG Steering Committee members are:

Margaret Bellerjeau MSN, RN, BMTCN, OCN, CHTC Chair

Jennifer Frith MSN, RN, OCN, NE-BC, Chair Elect

Elingel (Leng) Aguada, MSN, MPH, RN, OCN Member

Lisa Pinner MSN, RN, CPON, BMTCN, Member

Suni Elgar MPH, BSN, RN, OCN, Ex-officio

Chris Rimkus, MSN, RN, AOCN, Ex-Officio

Jackie Foster, MPH Non-Voting Member NMDP

Steering Committee Nomination Form

The ASTCT Nursing SIG is seeking enthusiastic and motivated nurses working in the area of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy to participate on the ASTCT Nursing SIG Steering Committee. At this time we are recruiting qualified candidates to replace the members whose terms will end in 2019. Steering Committee members serve a three-year term with the option to serve longer if elected to serve as Chair. We will also be recruiting for our working committees in the near future. CLICK HERE for application. 

Please send completed applications to Kelsey Redman at

Volunteer Application Form
CLICK HERE for application

ASTCT Staff Liaison - Kelsey Redman


Reminder of the Clinical Education Conference in September. Early bird registration ends August 2nd.

Read the August Nursing SIG Newsletter here

2019/ 07:
Read the July Nursing SIG Newsletter here

Read the August Nursing SIG Newsletter here


The Nursing Special Interest Group (N-SIG) offers blood and marrow transplant nurses a forum for education, the exchange of ideas, networking, the promotion of transplant nursing, and the dissemination of best practices within the field of blood and marrow transplantation. The N-SIG collaborates with a similar group sponsored by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) on an annual conference focused on advancing the practice of BMT nursing. The Nursing SIG contributes to the mission of ASTCT through participation in projects and committees.

Why You Should Join

To build a robust SIG, we need dedicated, compassionate, energetic and committed volunteers. We need YOU! The SIG offers opportunities to get involved in SIG projects, the steering committee, ASTCT committees and conference planning.

How You Can Join

Membership in the Nursing SIG is open to any ASTCT member. We welcome nurses functioning in a wide variety of roles, including staff nurses, nurse educators, transplant coordinators, clinic nurses and any other roles within the blood and marrow transplant program of a hospital, medical center or health care system.

If you would like to join the SIG, you must first be a member of the ASTCT. If you are already a member of ASTCT, send an email to to join this SIG.


Read the Nursing Charter for more information on the SIG's purpose, membership and committees, including committee composition, selection and responsibilities.

Working Committees

Committee on Education

Nursing Representative

Margaret Bellerjeau MSN, RN, BMTCN, OCN, CHTC

Conference Planning Committee

Lisa Pinner, RN, MSN, CPON®, BMTCN®,


Be the Match
National Marrow Donor Program

Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN®)
Are you ready to enhance your professional credibility and enjoy the feeling of personal accomplishment that comes from being certified? If you meet the criteria for applying, take the test for certification as a BMT nurse and become recognized for your specialty knowledge in BMT nursing.

Fundamentals of Blood and Marrow Transplant
This comprehensive overview will enhance your ability to care for patients receiving BMT throuhgout the cancer continuum. You'll learn about resources for setting up and enhancing BMT programs, discuss advanced concepts and future directions of BMT, and take home clinical pearls for caring for pediatric BMT recipients. "Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Manual for Nursing Practice" is included with the course registration.

The European Blood and Marrow Transplantation Textbook for Nurses

This textbook, endorsed by the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), provides adult and pediatric nurses with a full and informative guide covering all aspects of transplant nursing, from basic principles to advanced concepts.

In response to an anticipated workforce shortage among HCT providers, the National Marrow Donor Program developed the System Capacity Initiative to address how it would affect our current care delivery system. One area of focus of the Advanced Practice Provider Working Group is recruitment and retention of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to stem cell transplantation. We recognize that a large part of this effort involves offering education modules to assure proficiency in the role while providing the knowledge to practice at the highest level.
Content on this site will appeal to providers of all experience levels, from novice to seasoned practitioners:
BMT 101, an introduction to the art and science of HCT. This teaching tool can also be used to provide outreach to students to highlight the field of BMT – Corey S. Cutler, M.D., MPH
• ASTCT recommended training guidelines for NPs and PAs, including sample guidelines
• ASTCT training and education information
• ASTCT practice improvement modules (PIMs)
• NMDP HCT Clinical Guidelines
• NMDP Online Curriculum
• Chronic graft-versus-host disease – How To Conduct a Comprehensive Chronic GVHD Assessment – Paul A. Carpenter, MBBS

The ASTCT Nursing ListServ has been replaced with an online community. To learn more and join the conversation, click here