Marsha Richardson, RN, MSN, OCN®, CBCN®, Named 2013 Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year
Friday, May 03, 2013
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has selected Marsha Richardson, RN, MSN, OCN®, CBCN® as the 2013 Certified Breast Care Nurse of the Year. Richardson was selected for the award for her contributions to breast care nursing and nursing service; and for supporting and promoting certification in breast care/oncology nursing. She is the oncology program coordinator/breast cancer navigator at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL.
Richardson is a committed patient care advocate who provides services to patients and families throughout her region, regardless of where they receive cancer treatment. She has successfully obtained more than $75,000 in grants to provide care to underinsured and uninsured women in the community. At her facility, Richardson mentors individual nurses, lobbied for recognition of certified nurses, and secured financial support for certification. She leads several professional committees, and coordinates her institution’s participation in the National Consortium of Breast Centers Quality Measures for Breast Cancer Programs. As program leader, she implemented several innovations that dramatically reduced the average time from screening mammography to diagnostic mammography and definitive diagnosis, enabling patients to enter treatment sooner.
Richardson is an ONS chemotherapy/biotherapy trainer, a member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, and the facilitator of many regional resources and programs for cancer survivors and their families.
The award was presented to Richardson at the ONCC Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses on April 26, 2013 in Washington, DC.
According to Richardson, “Acceptance of this award is an honor and dedicated to the patients and families that I have had the privilege to navigate. The opportunity to assist patients at such a vulnerable time is a privilege. I hope that my actions serve as an example to inspire others who care for persons with cancer.”
Richardson is one of more than 34,000 nurses certified either as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®), Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AONCP®), 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 is presented annually to a CBCN®-certified nurse. To win the award, nominees must have 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.
ONCC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing and related specialties. ONCC administered the first Oncology Certified Nurse examination in 1986. Today, ONCC offers basic and advanced certification in adult oncology nursing, basic certification in pediatric oncology/hematology nursing, and specialty certification in breast care nursing. Learn more about ONCC at www.oncc.org.