ONS Columbus Chapter Receives 2012 Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Team Achievement Award
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The Community Outreach Committee of the Columbus Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (CCONS) is the 2012 recipient of the Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Team Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions within the workplace in improving patient care or making a difference in the community. The team was honored for the award at the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) recent 37th Annual Congress in New Orleans, LA.
Each year the CCONS Community Outreach Committee, chaired by Tim Phillips, BA, RN, organizes several projects, including the Breast Health Fashion Show that has grown every year for the last five years. The fashion show provides free breast health education and tools to the participants and focuses on survivorship through the use of breast cancer survivors as models.
The committee also organized a Cultural Competency Workshop for nurses, regularly volunteers and organizes dinners for the Faith Mission Homeless Shelter, and raises funds for patients in need at the Columbus Cancer Clinic.
“I view this award as recognizing the accomplishments of our extraordinary Community Outreach Committee,” said Phillips. “Our team is comprised of professionals of all races, genders, sexual orientation, and members range in age from their 20’s to 70’s. Each person’s unique talents and perspectives allow our committee to educate and provide health screenings to community members that are often underserved.”
“I cannot say enough about the tremendous leadership and effort of this team,” said Alicia De Francesco, RN, BSN, OCN®, immediate past-president of the CCONS, and award nominator. “Picking just one project [to highlight] from the many they do was hard.”
Other team members include Maria Tucker, RN, OCN®, Teresa Roblee, RN, OCN®, Bertie Ford, MS, AOCN®, RN, Jaci Holland, RN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Chasity Cooper, MPH, Rhonda Clemmons, RN, OCN®.
ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.
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