Bakitas Receives ONS 2011 New Investigator Award
Saturday, February 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CA – February 12, 2011 – Marie Anne Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, NP-C, AOCN®, ACHPN, FAAN, was presented the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 2011 Victoria Mock New Investigator Award today at the ONS 11th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research in Los Angeles, CA. Bakitas is an associate professor, clinical researcher, and nurse practitioner at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. This award recognizes her contributions as a new investigator in building a scientific foundation for oncology nursing practice. In addition to receiving the award, Bakitas presented the Victoria Mock New Investigator Award Lecture on “Evidence-Based Concurrent Oncology Palliative Care Research: Outcomes, Challenges, and Insights,” where she reviewed outcomes, challenges, and insights gleaned from a series of completed mixed methods palliative care studies designed to address the clinical problem of inadequate end-of-life care.
“I am honored to receive this award as it calls needed attention to the importance of integrating the art and science of palliative care for persons with cancer and those who are close to them,” said Bakitas. “I feel privileged to be allowed into the lives of my patients. This award reinforces my commitment to finding ways to improve the quality of life of the patients I serve. This is a vulnerable population – it is especially important to find ways to meet the needs of persons who live in rural areas.”
Bakitas earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Bridgeport, her master of science degree from Boston University, and her doctorate of nursing science from Yale University. She is a member of ONS, the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Eastern Research Nursing Society, and American Academy of Nursing.
ONS is a professional organization of more than 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals committed to excellence in oncology nursing and to leading the transformation of cancer care by initiating and actively supporting educational, legislative, and public awareness efforts to improve the care of people with cancer. ONS provides nurses and healthcare professionals with access to the highest quality educational programs, cancer care resources, research opportunities, and networks for peer support. Learn more at www.ons.org.
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