Susan Bowman, RN, OCN, CBCN, MSW Named Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year
Friday, June 03, 2011
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has selected Susan Bowman, RN, OCN®, CBCN®, MSW as the 2011 Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year. Bowman was selected for the award for her contributions to breast care nursing and nursing service and for supporting and promoting certification in breast care nursing. She is a Nurse Navigator at York Cancer Center in York, PA. Bowman was presented with the award during the ONCC Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses on April 29, 2011 in Boston, MA.
“A diagnosis of breast cancer is life changing,” said Bowman. “Handling this situation takes many hands, demanding an appreciation for the difficulty of the experience and an understanding of women’s issues. This award is a symbol of a certain proficiency in the nursing field. I am thankful that we have evolved to a place where we recognize that healing goes beyond ‘results’ and is enhanced by nurses who specialize in this type of oncology care. I am honored to know that I am seen as one of those nurses.”
Bowman became CBCN® certified in 2009, the first year it was offered. She is a frequent speaker at national breast cancer conferences, a recognized author, and respected educator. She has developed her institution’s navigator program to include readiness, gender, race, ethnicity, spirituality, physical and emotional health into the approach to supporting and treating patients. She developed an 8-week survivor class for women who have completed treatment.
She is a frequent volunteer with the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) Breast Care Special Interest Group, the American Cancer Society, the National Consortium of Breast Centers, the Pennsylvania Patient Navigation Network, and the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators. Within her community, she mentors nurses interested in certification, and as a member of her chapter’s leadership team supports the recognition of certified nurses.
Bowman is one of more than 30,000 nurses certified either as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®), Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®), Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®), Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN®), or Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON®).
The Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year Award will be presented annually to a CBCN®-certified nurse. To win the award, nominees must obtain recommendations from two colleagues in the nursing profession; prepare an essay describing how (s)he has promoted certification; summarize services offered that enhance breast care nursing and nursing service; and demonstrate accomplishments in at least one area of oncology nursing practice – clinical practice, education, or research.
Recipients receive $1,000 and a crystal award at the Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses at the ONS Annual Congress.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), an affiliated organization of ONS, administers and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. Learn more about ONCC at www.oncc.org
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