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Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award

Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award
2015 Award Recipient
Cynthia J. Briola, RN, OCN®, CBCN

To recognize and support excellence in radiation therapy nursing


A $250 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
  • Be a recognized expert in the field of radiation oncology (i.e., through publications, presentations, research, peer review)
  • Have made a significant contribution to one or more of the following related to radiation oncology: professional/patient education, clinical practice, and /or nursing research
  • Serve as a role model for other radiation oncology nurses.
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
Important Notice About the Nomination Deadline 

ONS uses a vendor-supported online program for all award nomination applications. 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 scoring criteria for judging this nomination packet is as follows.
  • Clinical practice: Consistently demonstrates exemplary understanding and execution of the care of patients receiving radiation therapy.
  • Education: Shares knowledge of practice with students, peers, patients, and the community. (Examples include, but are not limited to, joint appointment(s), precepting students, staff development, program planning, patient teaching, outreach programs, and CNE programs).
  • Research: Demonstrates commitment to the advancement of practice through evidence of participation in research and research activities (possible activities include participation as data collector, site coordinator, study monitor, member of research team, co-investigator, principal investigator in a clinical research study related to radiation therapy. In addition, participation in research utilization activities, which promote research-based radiation oncology nursing practice).
  • Speaking: Regularly demonstrates expertise in field through public speaking and is recognized as an effective oral communicator.
  • Publication: Regularly contributes to the literature on issues regarding radiation therapy (includes articles in newsletters, journals, reports, video, multimedia, computer assisted instruction, or chapters in books).
  • ONS leadership: Participates in ONS activities at the local or national level. (Participation should include involvement at the local or national level, and includes membership on committees, holding office, or task force participation).
  • Professional practice: Provides leadership in activities, which advance the practice of radiation nursing (activities may include staff development, program development, patient teaching, or support groups. It might also include community outreach such as work with the ACS, Leukemia Society, or camps for cancer patients, or "survivors' day" activities. 
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 for complete details about the travel reimbursement policy.

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.

ONS Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

ONS Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ONS's top leadership, led by incoming president, Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, take office at its 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) announced its 2014–2015 Board of Directors at its 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA.

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, takes office in her two-year term as ONS President. She is the Mary Ann Lee professor of oncology nursing at the University of Missouri and research scientist at Siteman Cancer Institute in St. Louis.

Continuing in her role as treasurer is Tracy K. Gosselin, RN, PhD, AOCN®, associate chief nursing officer and assistant vice president at Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. Marlon Garzo Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, continues in his role as secretary. He is an advanced practice nurse researcher at the University of California, San Diego.

Newly-elected ONS directors-at-large are Donald “Chip” Bailey Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC, and Colleen O’Leary, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, clinical nurse specialist at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, OH.

ONS directors-at-large continuing their terms are Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®, assistant professor/nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Anne M. Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP, clinical director, solid tumor malignancy program at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA, and Susie Newton, RN, MS, AOCN®, AOCNS®, senior director, Health Management Solutions, Quintiles in Dayton, OH.

ONS director-at-large Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, CRNP, AOCNP®, stepped down from the Board in March 2014. The Board of Directors voted to have director-at-large Vicki Norton, MHA, RN, OCN®, whose term would have expired this year, extend her term for one additional year to fill the unexpired portion of Biedrzycki’s term. Norton is the clinical nursing director at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

 “As an organization, we find ourselves working toward achieving ONS’s mission and vision within a complex and changing healthcare system,” said Barton-Burke. “The 2014–­2015 ONS Board of Directors will be envisioning the future of oncology nursing and patient care by selecting a new chief executive officer, developing a new strategic plan, and continuing to strengthen our membership and chapters. It is an exciting time for ONS and the ONS Board of Directors.”

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 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.