Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award

2024 Award Recipient

Emmika Elkin MSN-Ed, RN, OCN®, NPDA-BC

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Recognize excellence in cancer nursing education.


A $500 cash prize, a desktop award, and travel reimbursement to attend the annual ONS Congress®.

Eligibility Criteria 

This award is eligible for self-nominations. The candidate must be an active ONS member. In addition, the candidate should:

  • Be a registered professional nurse and an active ONS member
  • Have a minimum of two years experience in oncology education
  • Be an educator who is a recognized expert in cancer education because of his or her contributions to cancer education at the local, state, national, or international level.

Application Materials 

The following materials are required.

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

Scoring Criteria 

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

  • The nominee is an educator whose teaching in cancer education programs is consistent with the ONS/American Nurses Association Statement on the Scope and Standards of Oncology Nursing Practice and has basis in the ONS Standards of Oncology Nursing Education.
  • Educator has made contributions to cancer education at the local, state, national, or international level.
  • Educator has, in implementing cancer education programs, met the identified needs for cancer nursing education in his or her geographical area.
  • Educator implements programs that are well developed, with clearly stated objectives.
  • Content of programs is relevant to current cancer nursing practice and is well presented.
  • Educator uses relevant and appropriate evaluation methods.
  • Educator is knowledgeable in the content area, establishes a positive teacher-learner relationship, and promotes and supports cancer education
  • Educator is supportive of and contributes to the development of professional oncology nursing practice. 

Nomination Deadline Notice


ONS uses an external, vendor-supported online program for all award nomination applications. The application system is set up so that at exactly 5:00 pm ET (Eastern Time), September 30, the application site will automatically shut down and be locked. Any applications that are open (not completed) at this time will be terminated and will not be accepted. It is imperative that all open applications be submitted prior to 5:00 pm ET, September 30, in order to be accepted into the online system and be eligible for consideration. In order to be fair to all who may nominate individuals for consideration for an ONS award, the September 30, 5:00 pm ET deadline cannot be extended without prior authorization from the ONS Board of Directors. If you have any questions regarding the ONS awards nomination process, please call the ONS Awards staff (412) 859-6320, or email: awards@ons.org.

Submit Your Application


Visit the awards portal. You will be asked to create an account and confirm your account via email. Once completed, you will be given the option to “Start a New Nomination” and select the desired award from the dropdown menu.

Travel Information 

The recipient will receive travel reimbursement to attend the annual ONS Congress. ONS will reimburse the award recipient for round-trip economy airfare to and from the recipient's home address to the ONS Congress location, provided the recipient makes all travel arrangements through ONS's travel agency. Additionally, one 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.