Excellence in Survivor Advocacy Award

2019 Award Recipient

Joan Okasako, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®

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Recognize achievements and involvement in patient advocacy across the cancer treatment continuum, particularly relating to survivorship issues.


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
  • Have at least two years of oncology nursing experience
  • Demonstrate active engagement in patient and survivor advocacy (e.g., legislative, regulatory, insurance discrimination issues) at the federal, state, or local level for at least two years immediately preceding nomination.

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 nominee has

  • Demonstrated patient and survivor advocacy on a consistent basis in a work setting that cares for individuals with cancer
  • Helped to recruit nurses or other health professionals to become engaged in survivor advocacy
  • Collaborated with other organizations, entities, and individual advocates to further recognition of survivorship priorities and issues

Served as a role model for other healthcare professionals and the public by active involvement in cancer support groups, survivor groups, and/or other identified networks or organizations for individuals with cancer.

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.