Commendation for Outstanding Achievement by a New Nurse Author of a CJON Column or ONF Expanded Feature

2017 Award Recipient


Samantha DePadova, MSN, RN, NP-C, OCN®

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    To recognize and reward a new nurse author for excellence in the authorship of material that contributes to the oncology nursing literature as a CJON column or an expanded ONF feature. The number of commendations may vary from year to year. 


    A certificate presented to and accepted by the first author on behalf of the writing or research team. These papers will be acknowledged at the ONS Annual Congress in the compendium of awards, honors, and other special recognitions produced and distributed annually by ONS.

    Eligibility Criteria 

    A published column/feature is eligible for commendation if it

    • As its first author, has a nurse who has never published in a peer-reviewed journal before. This criterion will be confirmed by a literature search.
    • Is nominated by the editors in collaboration with associate editors as appropriate.
    • Achieves an average combined score exceeding 16 on the judging criteria.
    • A judge panel will review the entire list of eligible articles and determine which articles will receive a commendation.  Articles under consideration for other writing awards may be considered.

    Application Materials 

    ONS does not accept nominations or applications for the Commendation for Outstanding Achievement by a New Nurse Author of a CJON Column or ONF Expanded Feature. All published articles that meet the selection criteria will be considered automatically.

      Scoring Criteria 

      • The topic is relevant to oncology nursing practice.
      • The column/feature presents information that can positively influence patient care or enhance oncology clinical nursing practice.
      • The subject is original and timely and presents state-of-the-art evidence-based information.
      • The article is clearly written and flows well; it creatively and appropriately includes tables, figures, illustrations, and photographs.