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.