Emerging Leader Award

2024 Award Recipient

Emily Rush MHA, BA, BSN, RN, OCN®

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To recognize an emerging oncology nurse leader who has made a difference in the oncology nursing profession at the local or regional level.


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
  • Have a minimum of one year of oncology leadership experience
  • Not have previously received the Emerging Leader Award.

When these criteria are met, primary consideration will be on how the nominee

  • Advances the oncology nursing profession and quality cancer care at the local/regional level
  • Mentors, precepts, orients, coaches, or teaches nurses in the practice of oncology nursing
  • Demonstrates leadership at the local or regional level, which may include oncology-related leadership in the areas of community and public service, advocacy, health literacy, supportive services, and/or academic activities.

Application Materials 

The following materials are required.

  • Nomination narrative statement
  • Nominee's resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) letters of support from any of the following:
    1. colleague
    2. patient/caregiver
    3. employer/supervisor

Important Notice About the Nomination Deadline 


ONS uses an external, vendor-supported online program for all award nomination applications. The application system is set up so that at exactly 5:00pm 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 5:00pm 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, 5:00pm 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 Nomination


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.