• Susanne Conley, MSN, RN, AOCNS, CPON

    Yawkey Center for Cancer Care
    Clinical Specialist, Nursing and Patient Care Services


    Breast Oncology
    Genitourinary Oncology
    Head and Neck Cancer
    Center for Immuno-Oncology
    Palliative Care (Adult)
    Cutaneous Oncology

    Phone: 617-632-3247
    Email: susanne_conley@dfci.harvard.edu


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


    My love for children led me to Boston Children's Hospital to begin my nursing career.  As Assistant Head Nurse on the Clinical Research Unit, I assisted in the development of the first bone marrow transplant unit.  I also worked closely with the child abuse team led by Eli Neuberger.  That passion led to an 11 year sabbatical from nursing to adopt 12 special needs and abused children.  Rejoining the nursing workforce I specialized in Pediatric Oncology. I joined Dana-Farber 15 years ago as a Clinical Specialist and then Clinical Director of the Jimmy Fund Clinic.  After personal tragedies that made working with children difficult, I turned to the adult oncology teams as a Clinical Specialist. I participated in the development of an IV team in centralized laboratory services and have developed innovative evidence based techniques for central line care and venous assessment in the oncology patient. My special interest is evidence-based practice. I served on the project team of the ONS Institute for Evidence-Based Practice.  I am a reviewer for ONS Putting Evidence Into Practice.  I have served on the Evidence Based Practice Committee of APHON. I have presented on oncology topics nationally, published in peer-reviewed journals, authored chapters for oncology textbooks and developed pediatric patient education materials.


    Education and Training
    Boston Children’s Hospital School of Nursing
    Boston College Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Master’s of Science in Nursing- Education

    Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, 2016
    Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse, 2016
    Certified Chemotherapy Biotherapy Provider- Adult and Pediatrics, 2015

    Select Publications

    • Conley, Susanne B. Rare Tumors. A patient education pamphlet. Solid Tumor Series. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Press, Glenview, IL. 2009
    • Conley, Susanne B. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A patient education pamphlet. Solid Tumor Series. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Press, Glenview, IL. 2009
    • Branowicki, P., Houlahan, K. and Conley, S. Chapter 29. Nursing care of patients with childhood cancer.  In, Nathan and Oski’s Hematology of Infants and Children, 7th e. Elsevier/Suanders. 2009& 2014. ISBN: 978-1-4160-3430-8
    • Conley, Susanne B., et al. Consensus Statements: Ambulatory Pediatric Oncology Nursing Practice. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 27 (1): 6-9, January/February 2010.
    • Conley, Susanne B. Legal Implications of Telephone Triage. A chapter  in Burke, S and Belognia, M. Telephone Triage Guidelines for Pediatric Oncology. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 2013
    • Hennessy, K & Conley S.. Venous Access Devices. Chapter in “inPractice® Oncology Nursing. 3/19/2014; https://www.inpractice.com/Textbooks/Oncology-Nursing/Treatment-Delivery-Considerations/Venous-Access-Devices/Chapter-Pages/Chapter-Page-1.aspx