Laurie Dohnalek, RN, MBA, NE-BC Receives ONS Excellence in Health Policy and Advocacy Award
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Laurie Dohnalek, RN, MBA, NE-BC, is the recipient of the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Excellence in Oncology Nursing Health Policy and Advocacy Award. This award recognizes and supports her achievements and involvement in oncology nursing health policy and advocacy. She is Director Oncology, Perinatal and Dialysis Services at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She was presented the award on April 29 at ONS’s 36th Annual Congress which was held in Boston, MA. Dohnalek has represented ONS and oncology nursing on Capitol Hill and testifying at health-related legislative hearings.
“I am honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” said Dohnalek. “The Oncology Nursing Society stewardship and generosity continues to give me recognition and opportunities that are meaningful on a personal and professional level. I will continue my goal to recruit, encourage, and inspire members of the nursing profession to increase participation in health policy and advocacy.”
ONS established the award in 2005 to acknowledge the efforts of the many oncology nurses who participate as state health policy liaisons and other members who are active in advocacy efforts. ONS is very active in cancer care advocacy at the state and federal level.
Dohnalek received her associate of science degree in nursing from Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY, her bachelor of science degree in education from the State University of New York at Cortland, and her master’s degree in business administration from Mary Mount University in Arlington, VA. She is an active member of ONS, the Washington DC Chapter of ONS, the ONS Management and Program Development Special Interest Group, and the ONS Capitol Gang.
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.