Chris Guelcher has been a hematology/oncology clinic nurse for more than 25 years. After graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing she worked on an inpatient Hematology/Oncology unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and later at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since coming to Children’s National Medical Center in 1992, she has worked on the inpatient unit and in the outpatient clinic as a Hematology/Oncology nurse. After completing her Masters and becoming certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she has been the Hemophilia Nurse Coordinator at CNMC since 1997. In 2016 Chris was promoted to the position of Lead Advanced Practice Provider for the hematology and oncology APPs in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's National.
Chris was a member of the NHF Nursing Working Group for 3 years. She has been elected to serve on the Region III Regional Executive Committee (REC) for several terms. She has served as a member of the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN) Board of Directors since 2008. Chris was elected to serve as the Secretary of ATHN in 2016. She is also the Chair of the ATHN Community Relations and Communications Subcommittee. Chris was elected to be an ad hoc member of the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Societies of North America. Additionally, Chris serves on the Education Subcommittee for the American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (ASPHO) and has moderated two webinars. In 2016 Chris was selected to represent the United States HTC nurses on the World Federation of
Hemophilia Nurses Work Group.
Ms. Guelcher was part of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society annual planning committee for the 2009 and 2010 meetings. In 2011 she helped plan the first Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America (THSNA) held in 2012. Chris was recently elected as a liaison to the THSNA Board of Directors and she served on the planning committee for the 2016 as well as the upcoming 2018 THSNA meeting.
Chris was part of the faculty that worked with the Centers for Disease Control to develop the curriculum for the “Advanced Partners Program” in 2006. She continues to work with the faculty members to keep the curriculum current and present as part of the faculty twice a year.
Chris is active in the Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses (APHON), having served as an officer in the local chapter in the past. She helped plan the annual meeting when it was held in the DC area many years ago. More recently, Chris helped develop a hemophilia brochure for patients and families. She reviewed the APHON slide-sets for hematology and developed and then updated the hematology drug information sheets for parents.
In 2009 Chris was a reviewer of the Hematology Scope and Standards for nurses. In 2014 she was asked to edit the now combined APHON Scope and Standards for hematology/oncology nursing which was published in 2015. In July 2016, Ms. Guelcher published “Evolution of the Treatments of Hemophilia” in the Journal of Infusion Nurses. Chris has co-authored a number of publications on various subjects in hemostasis and thrombosis.
Ms. Guelcher has been an invited speaker at a number of meetings including a plenary sessions at the 2012 THSNA meeting, the World Hemophilia Federation congress in Melbourne Australia in 2014, National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) meetings in 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2015, Chris presented at the Infusion Nurses Society annual meeting, the NHF annual meeting and the APHON annual meeting.
In 2013 Ms. Guelcher was invited to participate in The American Nurse Project, a photojournalism project depicting the various roles of nurses from across the country. There is an interview that accompanies the picture and a video clip from the interview on the website.