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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.
 

Honorary Member Award

Honorary Member Award
2015 Award Recipient
Michael Silbermann, PhD and Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT
Purpose 

To honor individuals who are not otherwise eligible for membership, who have made significant contributions to oncology nursing, demonstrated interest and support in ONS, and exhibited conduct consistent with the mission and core values of ONS (integrity, innovation, stewardship, advocacy, excellence, and inclusiveness).

Award 

A plaque, round-trip airfare to the ONS Annual Congress, and a one-day per diem for Congress.

Eligibility Criteria 

The individual must be nominated by an ONS member and receive final approval by the ONS awards advisory panel. In addition, the nominee’s accomplishments must be specific to the field of oncology. These contributions must be significant and must demonstrate a sustained interest in and support of ONS. A listing of these contributions must support the validity of the recognition.

Application Materials 
The following application materials are required.
  • Nomination narrative
  • Two (2) letters of support from ONS members
  • One (1) letter of support from a non-ONS member
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae
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.

Submit Your Nomination 

Submit your nomination via our online system.

Clinical Lectureship

Clinical Lectureship
2015 Award Recipient
None Awarded
Purpose 

To recognize and support excellence in clinical nursing practice

Award 

A $2,000 award, a plaque, and travel reimbursement to attend the opening ceremonies at the ONS Annual Congress. The recipient's paper will be published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Eligibility Criteria 
The nominee must be an active ONS member who has been nominated by another ONS member. In addition, the nominee should
  • Have a minimum of two years' experience in oncology nursing
  • Be a recognized expert in clinical nursing practice because of his or her contributions to the development of oncology nursing.
Application Materials 
The following materials are required.
  • One-page lecture synopsis
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from any of the following: 1) colleague 2) client/significant other 3) employer/supervisor/mentor or 4) community service organization
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 
ONS involvement: Participation should include involvement at the local or national level, and includes membership on committees, holding office, or task force participation.
 
The nominee's clinical practice is consistent with the ONS Scope of Oncology Nursing Practice and demonstrates the use of the following criteria.
  • Use of theoretical concepts
  • Use of the nursing process
  • Professional development of self and others
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Quality assurance
  • Uses ethical decisionmaking
  • Reviews and applies research into practice (e.g., provides examples of actual patient contacts, a reference letter from a patient detailing patient experiences, evidence of relevant topics, lectures, a model or theory. Develops standards of care or provides a published model or theory.)
The nominee is an effective communicator.
  • Examples within reference letters
  • Presentations listed on CV well written based on the conference
  • Clinical practice contribution to literature:  Includes articles in newsletters, journals, reports, video, multimedia, computer assisted instruction, or chapters in books
The nominee contributes to the development of the oncology nursing practice.
  • Examples within reference letters or on CV
  • Clinical developments such as staff development, program development, patient teaching, support groups
  • Community outreach (Programs such as the American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, camps for patients with cancer, survivor's day participation, or other related activities
  • Adjunct faculty or preceptor of students)
The clinical topic is relevant to membership at large, well written, concerns a current educational need and/or new trend.
 
Submit Your Nomination 

Submit your nomination via our online system.

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, two (2) night's lodging will be permitted provided that the recipient makes the hotel arrangements through the ONS meetings department. Meals for a 48-hour period will be reimbursed, along with the reimbursement of certain ground transportation situations and parking. Please contact awards@ons.org for complete details about the travel reimbursement policy.



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