Excellence in Care of the Older Adult With Cancer Award

2019 Award Recipient


Cassandra Vonnes, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, AOCNP®, FAHA

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Honor an oncology nurse who demonstrates age-sensitive health interventions, quality care, and symptom management to older adult patients with cancer.


A $500 award, a plaque, and travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress.

Eligibility Criteria

The nominee must be an active ONS member who has been nominated by an ONS member. In addition, the nominee should

  • Be a registered professional nurse (staff nurse, advanced practice nurse)
  • Have at least two years of oncology nursing experience
  • Currently practice in an adult oncology-based setting.

Application Materials

The following materials are required.

  • Nomination narrative statement
  • Nominee's resume or curriculum vitae
  • Nominee's personal statement
  • Two (2) letters of support

Nomination Deadline Notice

At exactly 5 pm ET on September 30, the application site will automatically shut down. Any applications that are not completed at this time will be terminated and will not be accepted. This deadline cannot be extended without prior authorization from the ONS Awards advisory panel and the ONS Board of Directors.

Scoring Criteria

The scoring criteria for judging this nomination packet is as follows. The nominee

  • Demonstrates evidence of significant contributions to age-sensitive health interventions, quality care, and/or symptom management for the older adult with cancer
  • Participates in continuing education to strengthen his/her knowledge about the older adult patient and oncology nursing practice
  • Shares information with other professionals that was learned from continuing education offerings, and contributes to evidence-based practice changes in his/her work setting
  • Participates in patient education activities
  • Serves as a role model for age sensitive health interventions, quality care, and/or symptom management for the older adult with cancer
  • Designs and implements innovative clinical practice improvements based on specific needs of patients, families and/or caregivers.

Travel Information

The recipient will receive travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress. ONS will reimburse the award recipient for round-trip economy airfare to and from the recipient's home address to the Congress location, provided the recipient makes all travel arrangements through American Express Travel, ONS's official travel agency. Additionally, one (1) night's lodging will be permitted provided that the recipient makes the hotel arrangements through the ONS meetings department. Meals for a 24-hour period will be reimbursed, along with the reimbursement of certain ground transportation situations and parking, but there are limitations. Please contact awards@ons.org for complete details about the travel reimbursement policy.