ONS Member Appointed to Vice President’s Blue Ribbon Cancer Moonshot Panel

ONS Member Appointed to Blue Ribbon Panel to Inform National Cancer Moonshot Scientific Direction
Monday, April 4, 2016

ONS past President and current member Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, has been appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board’s (NCAB’s) Blue Ribbon Panel as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot initiative. 

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April 5, 2016—Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) past president and current ONS member, has been appointed to the Blue Ribbon Panel to help inform the scientific direction of the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The Blue Ribbon Panel is a working group of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). The NCAB will advise the National Cancer Institute based on the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Panel later this summer.

“This is a wonderful recognition and opportunity to bring nursing and patient perspectives to this prestigious panel,” Mayer said. “Our work will be significant in identifying opportunities to reduce the burden of cancer.”

With more than 40 years of oncology nursing practice, education, research, and management experience, Mayer is a valuable asset to the panel and the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Mayer, herself a cancer survivor, maintains a clinical practice working with patients with breast cancer, and she directs the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Cancer Survivorship Program. Much of her current research focuses on the many issues facing cancer survivors, as well as improving overall care for patients with cancer.

Mayer is the only nurse to be appointed to the Blue Ribbon Panel. “Deb Mayer’s experience, background, and work in oncology places her in the perfect position to provide the nurse’s perspective to the Blue Ribbon Panel. We believe that nurse researchers and clinical practice nurses will have a great impact on the scientific direction of the National Cancer Moonshot moving forward,” said Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, current ONS president.

As an active ONS member, past president, and former Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing editor, Mayer will represent oncology nursing’s expertise in moving cancer treatment and research forward by leaps and bounds. “It will be important that research spanning from basic science through implementation and from prevention through the end of life be explored,” Mayer noted.

There has been a long tradition of nurses serving on the NCAB and the Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA). Currently, ONS members Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN, serves on the NCAB and Carol Ferrans, PhD, RN, FAAN, serves on the BSA.

ONS aims to include nurses and expert members to help inform the scientific goals of the National Cancer Moonshot. Oncology nurses have unique and invaluable perspectives on cancer care, research, data collection, clinical trials, and more.

ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.

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