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Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award

Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award
2017 Award Recipient
Pamela Laszewski, BSN, RN, OCN®

To recognize and support excellence in radiation therapy nursing


A $500 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. 
Submit Your Nomination 

Online Nominations are Closed 

Our ONS Award Nomination deadline was Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. Our ONS Award Nominations will reopen in April 2018 through September 30, 2018.

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.

Lori Brown Becomes ONSs First Chief Experience Officer

Lori Brown Becomes ONS’s First Chief Experience Officer
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lori Brown is named ONS's first chief experience officer.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has appointed Lori Brown to the new role of chief experience officer (CXO). Brown joins ONS with more than 18 years of combined marketing experience in retail, customer relations, and the healthcare industry. Brown will be the first CXO at ONS, focusing on enhancing customer relations and driving membership experiences for ONS’s nearly 40,000 oncology nurse members. Brown comes to ONS after spending 10 years at Highmark Health as the director of customer centricity and consumer experience. 
“ONS is pleased to welcome Lori Brown as its first CXO,” ONS Chief Executive Officer Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, said. “Lori’s extensive understanding of customer relations and the healthcare industry will help her guide the experience for ONS members and customers. As ONS continues to develop initiatives to support and elevate oncology nurses, Lori’s voice and vision will help us provide the best possible services to our members as they continue to care for patients with cancer throughout the country and around the globe.”
This newly created position will be responsible for providing executive oversight and leadership in strategizing, creating, and deploying member and customer experience initiatives throughout ONS. The CXO will work closely with ONS’s membership, customer service, marketing, and publications departments to ensure that the organization is meeting and exceeding the needs of ONS members while also identifying areas of opportunity and addressing potential gaps in the customer experience.  
“I am honored to have been selected as the chief experience officer for ONS,” Brown said. “It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that plays such a critical role in the transformation of cancer care. This is an incredibly fulfilling opportunity to give back as a professional to a cause I’m personally passionate about. I look forward to partnering with the executive leadership team and staff to contribute to the ONS mission by meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations for the members we serve.”
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
Aaron Borchert