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Cheryl C. Rodgers, PhD, RN, CPNP, CPON

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing
(919) 613-9124
3005 Pearson Building

Dr. Cheryl Rodgers, who joined the DUSON faculty in 2013, has extensive clinical and research experience among pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. She is doubly certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Oncology Nurse. Dr. Rodgers earned her BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1989, her MSN from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center in 2000; and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University in 2009./

Dr. Rogers' dissertation research focused on exploring the symptom experiences of children and adolescents during their bone marrow transplant recovery. During a three-year post-doctoral fellowship (NIH-NCI, K12CA090433-09, Pediatric Oncology Clinical Research Faculty Fellowship) at Baylor College of Medicine, she developed and evaluated an early symptom management intervention for adolescent bone marrow transplant patients. She will continue to develop her program of research focused on expanding symptom experience knowledge and exploring symptom management strategies.

Dr. Rodgers has served as a manuscript reviewer for pediatric and oncology journals and is a member of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing/ Editorial Board. She currently serves as the Evidence-Based Practice Chair and a member of the Nursing Discipline Steering Council within the Children’s Oncology Group.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


  • PhD - Texas Woman’s University
  • MSN - University of Texas Houston Health Science Center
  • BSN - University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research Interests

• Symptom assessment in children and adolescents post bone marrow transplant
• Symptom management in children and adolescents post bone marrow transplant

Awards and Honors

  • 2012 || Top 20 Texas Nurses, Texas Nurses Association
  • 2010 || Doctoral Student Poster First Place Award,, Southern Nurses Research Society
  • 2010 || Writer’s Award, Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses
  • 2009 || Dr. Patricia Green Leadership Award, Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses
  • 2008 || Mary Alice Harris Metcalf Outstanding PhD Nursing Student Award, Texas Woman’s University
  • 2006 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Beta Chapter
  • 2005 || Oncology Nursing Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2004 || Clinical Poster First Place Award, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
  • 2002 || Super Star Partner Award, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • 2000 || Jean Fergusson Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education Award, Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses

Areas of Expertise

  • Oncology
  • Pediatric Nursing

Representative Publications

  • 2016 -- Hockenberry, M. J. and Rodgers, C. Nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and fatigue. In Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management edited by Wiener, L. S. and Pao, M.. 2016; : IPOS Press. 2016
  • 2015 -- Rodgers, C. and Withycombe, J. and Hockenberry, M. Physical impact of disease and treatment. In Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology: A Textbook of Multidisciplinary Care edited by Abrams, A. N. and Muriel, A. C. and Wiener, L.. December, 2015; : Springer Publishing. December, 2015
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26589357 Okada, M. and Hockenberry, M. J. and Koh, C. J. and Meeske, K. A. and Rangan, K. E. and Rodgers, C. and Rosenthal, Y. and Ruccione, K. S. and Freyer, D. R. Reconsidering Physical Activity Restrictions for Mononephric Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Children's Oncology Group. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. November 20, 2015 (Epub ahead of print)
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25592668 Rodgers, C. and Wills-Bagnato, P. and Sloane, R. and Hockenberry, M. Health-Related Quality of Life among Children and Adolescents during Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recovery. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. September, 2015 32(5); 329-36
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26210199 Linder, L. A. and Ameringer, S. and Baggott, C. and Erickson, J. and Macpherson, C. F. and Rodgers, C. and Stegenga, K. Measures and Methods for Symptom and Symptom Cluster Assessment in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. Semin Oncol Nurs. August, 2015 31(3); 206-15
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25643972 Duffy, E. A. and Rodgers, C. C. and Shever, L. L. and Hockenberry, M. J. Implementing a Daily Maintenance Care Bundle to Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Pediatric Oncology Patients. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. February, 2015 32(6); 394-400
  • 2014 -- Hockenberry, M. J. and Brown, T. and Rodgers, C. Implementing evidence in clinical settings. In Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice edited by Melynk, B. M. and Fineout-Overholt, E.. September, 2014; : Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. September, 2014
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24928756 Mize, L. and Harris, N. and Stokhuyzen, A. and Avery, T. and Cash, J. and Kasse, M. and Sanborn, C. and Leonardelli, A. and Rodgers, C. and Hockenberry, M. Neutropenia Precautions for Children Receiving Chemotherapy or Stem Cell Transplantation for Cancer. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. July/August, 2014 31(4); 200-210
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24928755 Rodgers, C. and Withycombe, J. S. and Hockenberry, M. J. Evidence-Based Practice Projects in Pediatric Oncology Nursing. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. July/August, 2014 31(4); 182-184
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24799445 Robinson, D. and Schulz, G. and Langley, R. and Donze, K. and Winchester, K. and Rodgers, C. Evidence-Based Practice Recommendations for Hydration in Children and Adolescents With Cancer Receiving Intravenous Cyclophosphamide. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. July/August, 2014 31(4); 191-199


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • EAT! A Mobile Phone Intervention

    Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center Pilot Project Grant
    P30 CA 125123
    02/2011 to 12/2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: This pilot study will examine the feasibility and fidelity of the EAT! intervention, a symptom management cell phone application, among adolescents during the first 60 days post stem cell transplant hospital discharge.

  • Symptom Assessment and Management in Children post Stem Cell Transplant

    National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
    01/2010 to 12/2012
    Role: Fellow

    Project Goal: To increase my quantitative research skills through didactic coursework and research projects, and strengthen my leadership skills through participation in professional national organizations.

  • The Meaning of Adolescents’ Eating Experiences during Bone Marrow Transplant Recovery

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand
    09/2008 to 09/2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: This phenomenological qualitative study described the meaning that adolescents ascribe to their eating experiences, the strategies that adolescents use to facilitate their eating, and the impact that eating experiences have on adolescents’ quality of life during the first 100 days post bone marrow transplant.

  • The Nausea and Vomiting Experiences of Children Receiving Moderate to Highly Emetogenic Chemotherapy Treatment

    Texas Medical Center Howell Nursing Grant
    09/2008 to 09/2010
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: This descriptive, prospective, cohort study identified the anticipatory, acute, and delayed nausea and vomiting experience from the child (the patient), their primary caregiver, and their nurse and identified coping strategies from the child’s perspective.

  • Growth Patterns and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Children post Bone Marrow Transplant

    Oncology Nursing Society / Ortho Biotech Symptom Assessment and Management Research Grant
    09/2004 to 09/2006
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goal: This prospective, cohort study described growth patterns and gastrointestinal symptoms in children during the first four months after a bone marrow transplant.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Cheryl Rodgers, PhD, RN, CPNP, CPON, associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing, recently led the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Evidence-Based Practice Workshop at Duke University School of Nursing. COG is the world’s largest organization devoted to clinical development of new therapeutics for children and adolescents with cancer.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cheryl Rodgers will be leading the upcoming Children's Oncology Group (COG) Evidence-Based Practice workshop at DUSON from Feb. 26 - 27. The workshop exists to train COG nurses in evidence-based practice. COG nurses will be trained with both didactic content and mentorship in small teams, which will extend beyond the workshop for one to two years and culminate in publication of high-quality systematic reviews of topics critical to the discipline of pediatric oncology nursing. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Marilyn Hockenberry and Cheryl Rodgers co-authored the book entitled "Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing, 10th edition" that was recently selected to win first place in the Child Health Category from the American Journal of Nursing (AJN).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Marilyn Hockenberry and Cheryl Rodgers are editors of the pediatric section of Maternal Child Nursing Care, sixth edition.

Friday, April 21, 2017

DNP alumna Chelsea Lee, Cheryl Rodgers and Virginia "Chris" Muckler public an article entitled "Reducing Surgery Cancellations at a Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Center" in the April Issue of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Journal.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Children newly diagnosed with cancer experience many distressing symptoms, including physical and emotional ones. Parents who assume responsibility after the initial hospitalization are often overwhelmed with information and apprehensive about caring for their child at home.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Marilyn Hockenberry, Cheryl Rodgers, Sharron Docherty, Debra Brandon and Brigit Carter contributed to the 10th edition of Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing textbook. Hockenberry served as the senior editor, a role she's had since the sixth edition. Rodgers also served as an editor. Docherty and Brandon contributed to the textbook and Carter was a reviewer for the book.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cheryl Rodgers presented findings from a systematic review entitled "Teaching Strategies for Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with Cancer: A Report from the Children's Oncology Group" and a qualitative study entitled "Parents Perceptions of Their Initial Hospital Education Related to Caring For Their Child: A Report of the Children's Oncology Group" at the 48th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology in Dublin, Ireland.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cheryl Rodgers and Marilyn Hockenberry have several articles recently published in a special edition of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Faculty members Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Devon Noonan, Schenita Randolph, Karin Reuter-Rice, Cheryl Rodgers, Ryan Shaw and Eleanor Stevenson were recently accepted into the Fall Path to Independence Grant Writing Program co-sponsored by DUSON and the Duke University School of Medicine.