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UAB School of Nursing recognizes Yarbro for lifetime achievement

UAB School of Nursing Recognizes Yarbro for Lifetime Achievement
Monday, December 7, 2015

Connie Yarbro receives UAB School of Nursing Honorary Lifetime Alumni Membership for her longstanding achievement in the field of nursing.

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Connie H. Yarbro, M.S., R.N., has been recognized by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing for her impact on the nursing profession with the School’s Honorary Lifetime Alumni Membership in the Nursing Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society. 
“Connie has done tremendous, longstanding work that has brought exceptional recognition to UAB and oncology nursing locally, nationally and internationally,” said Doreen C. Harper, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Nursing. “Her collaborative work helped establish the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, and her storied career has an undeniable connection to UAB. We are honored to count her among our graduates through this honorary lifetime alumni membership.”
Yarbro is a nationally recognized oncology nurse leader. During her time at UAB from 1972 to 1979, she worked alongside John Durant, M.D., to build the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Together, they traveled Alabama to educate health care providers and patients about cancer and cutting-edge cancer therapies. Through her partnership with Durant, Yarbro helped establish the first physician/nurse practitioner patient care model that has become a standard of care at UAB and other highly acclaimed medical centers across the country. 
She is the founding editor of Seminars in Oncology Nursing. Her most recent position was with the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing as an adjunct clinical associate professor. In 2005, the University of Missouri granted Yarbro honorary alumna status. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and she has written six oncology nursing textbooks. Yarbro regularly presents at numerous professional meetings and has served as lead editor for prestigious publications such as Cancer Nursing Principles and Practice, now in its eighth edition. 
Her service to the field of oncology nursing spans four decades, and her many accomplishments have been recognized internationally, nationally and locally. In 2010, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oncology Nursing Society. This award recognizes her many contributions to the ONS as a researcher, mentor and educator. 
Yarbro co-founded the ONS in 1975 and served as president from 1979 to 1983. In 1981, she helped establish the ONS Foundation that has since granted more than $24 million in funding to advance oncology nursing research, practice and education across the country. Chartered with 488 members, the ONS comprises more than 35,000 cancer nurses. In Singapore, Yarbro received the 2008 Distinguished Merit Award from the International Society of Nurses, an organization she served as president from 1996 to 2002.
“I am so delighted to be a part of the UAB alumni family,” Yarbro said. “This honor has special meaning for me because my career in cancer nursing began in 1972 at UAB, as UAB became one of 15 centers of excellence in cancer care across the country. It was a new beginning in the specialty of oncology because of the rapid research developments, close collaboration between physicians and nurses, and complex patient care. I am so fortunate to have been a part of the development and growth of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and the specialty of oncology nursing.”
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ONS Honors 2015 Distinguished Award Winners

ONS Honors 2015 Distinguished Award Winners
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

During opening ceremony of the Oncology Nursing Society's (ONS) 40th Annual Congress in Orlando, FL, renowned nursing leaders received ONS Distinguished Awards for their contributions to the field of oncology nursing. 

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) honored renowned nursing leaders during the opening ceremony of the ONS 40th Annual Congress in Orlando, FL. 
Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, received the ONS Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of oncology nursing and to ONS. Mayer is a professor and director of cancer survivorship at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, NC. The award recognizes Mayer for being a leader within the Society and in her community and for exemplifying the mission and core values of ONS. Mayer has consistently held leadership roles and represented oncology nursing for more than 40 years, from committee chair to mentor to editor to treasurer to president of ONS. She was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board, by Presidential appointment, and of the Board of Scientific Advisors. 
Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN, received the Distinguished Researcher Award in recognition of her contributions to research that have enhanced the science and practice of oncology nursing. Bruner is a Robert W. Woodruff professor of nursing, associate director of outcomes research at the Winship Cancer Center and professor of radiation oncology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Bruner has made outstanding contributions to advance the scientific basis for practice, has had a sustained program of substantive research, has an outstanding record for scholarly activity, has advanced the delivery of quality cancer care by nurses and physician colleagues, has developed a research program that leads the field, and has made substantive and long-lasting contributions to ONS and the cancer community.
Christopher Friese, RN, PhD, AOCN®, FAAN, received the Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson ONS Distinguished Award for Consistent Contributions to Nursing Literature for consistent and significant contributions to the oncology nursing literature. He is recognized for his impact on the profession, specifically using the written word to share research findings, describe content basic to the care of patients with cancer, and support the professional development of colleagues. Friese is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor. He is recognized for his high-quality research publications, dissemination of findings for policymakers and practitioners, and his efforts to support the professional development of colleagues. A hallmark of his work is the interdisciplinary nature of his publications, both in terms of authors and collaborators from different disciplines as well as the diversity of scientific journals. 
Dr. Michael Silbermann and Dr. Melissa McDiarmid received the Honorary Member Award which honors an individual who is not otherwise eligible for membership, who has made significant contributions to oncology nursing, demonstrated interest and support in ONS, and exhibited conduct consistent with our mission and core values. Silbermann is the leader of the Middle East Cancer Consortium in Haifa, Israel, and recognizes the value that nurses bring to health care. He has planned and organized courses specifically for nurses around the region and has nurses as the leaders in palliative care around the Middle East. McDiarmid, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is recognized for her significant contributions to the science and public policy of reducing hazardous drug exposure and for advocating for the health and safety of all healthcare workers, especially those who handle hazardous drugs.