Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN
Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, is the chief executive officer (CEO) of ONS. Before she began her role on September 1, 2014, she served as a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC, and coordinator of the systems division. This division included the nursing informatics, nursing education, and nursing and healthcare leadership graduate majors. Her education at Duke University and her graduate work at the University of North Carolina provided her foundation in nursing.
With her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing, she planned to be a therapist for patients who were terminally ill and eventually become a clinical psychologist. However, a move to Basel, Switzerland, changed those plans, and she became a nurse at the university hospital on the cancer unit where she cared for patients undergoing bone marrow transplant at one of only three transplant sites in Europe.
Upon returning to North Carolina, she became the head nurse of the cancer research unit at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of ONS. She spent more than 20 years in various clinical and administrative positions within the oncology specialty, including 10 years in Vancouver, BC, and in Seattle, WA. Her return to North Carolina gave her the opportunity to take on broader leadership positions, culminating with being the first nurse and woman to serve as chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital.
Throughout her career, she has been active not only in ONS but also in other nursing and nonprofit organizations. One of her most valued experiences has been to edit the two books of ONS members’ stories, Voices of Oncology Nurses and Continuing the Legacy: More Voices of Oncology Nurses. She served as editor of the ONS News for 10 years.
She has had an extraordinary nursing career of leadership in service and education. Through diverse clinical and administrative experiences in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, she has devoted her energy to bridging practice settings and academic environments to advance patient care, creating innovative work environments, promoting scholarship in practitioners, and developing leaders.
She has helped develop professional nursing organizations at the local, national, and international levels and has made lasting contributions to ONS. Nevidjon is a past president of ONS and the ONS Foundation, has completed a term on the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum Board, and has served on other cancer-related boards, most recently the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
With extensive publications in the nursing literature, Nevidjon is regarded as a mentor for nurses to develop their power and voice through publication. In addition to two volumes of oncology nurse narratives, her contributions include books, articles, and chapters on oncology and administrative topics, such as the role of advanced practice nurses and the nursing shortage. She consults with organizations related to work culture, team building, and leadership development.
Nevidjon received the Duke School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award, the ONS Trish Greene Quality of Life Memorial Lectureship, and the American Nursing Association’s Honorary Recognition Award for her sustained contributions to the nursing profession. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Program, completed the Johnson & Johnson–Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.