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ONS Leader Named New Mexico’s Secretary of Higher Education

ONS Leader Named New Mexico’s Secretary of Higher Education
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ONS leader Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, adds Madam Secretary to her impressive resume as she is named New Mexico's Secretary of Higher Education. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez praised Damron for her extraordinary work in nursing higher education.

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ONS members know that the sky is the limit for their friends and colleagues. When a nurse gains higher office, it is a special testament to the work of all nurses as advocates. As part of a lifetime of achievement, Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing, was appointed as the state’s latest Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED). She began her duties on January 5.
In an announcement made by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Damron was praised for her extraordinary work in nursing higher education. Citing New Mexico’s commitment to healthcare, STEM programming, and access to educational advancement through state investment, the governor believes that New Mexico will continue to provide more opportunities for its citizens under Damron’s stewardship.
“I’m confident that Dr. Damron will push aggressive reforms to help us keep college affordable, graduate more students in less time, and prepare the workforce New Mexico needs through our community colleges and universities,” said Governor Martinez.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Damron was the director of the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Office of Community Partnerships & Cancer Health Disparities and of the Hispanic and Native American Community Outreach program at the University’s Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated center in the state. Damron was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institute of Medicine Congressional Health Policy fellow and worked as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Her wealth of knowledge and experience allowed UNM President Bob Frank to say, “It’s rare to get an appointment with such extensive experience in government and education.” 
Damron has served on the ONS Board of Directors, was chairperson of the chapters committee, and was the founding president of the San Antonio Chapter of ONS and is now a member of the Albuquerque Chapter of ONS.  She was also president and treasurer of the ONS Foundation and led one of the Foundation’s most successful fund-raising campaigns. She attributes her work at ONS as important to this position. 
“ONS has been and continues to be a pivotal part of my professional life,” said Damron. “The leadership positions I held in ONS and the ONS Foundation allowed me to obtain critical skills that are now playing a major role in my work with the executive branch of state government.” ONS lauds Damron’s continued accomplishments and congratulates her on this appointment as she, like every nurse, changes people’s lives for the better.
Read the governor's full announcement.

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.”
About UAB
Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, UAB is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center and the state of Alabama’s largest employer, with some 23,000 employees and an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually on the state. The five pillars of UAB’s mission deliver knowledge that will change your world: the education of students, who are exposed to multidisciplinary learning and a new world of diversity; research, the creation of new knowledge; patient care, the outcome of ‘bench-to-bedside’ translational knowledge; service to the community at home and around the globe, from free clinics in local neighborhoods to the transformational experience of the arts; and the economic development of Birmingham and Alabama. Learn more at

ONS Experts to Review and Update Mosby's Oncology-Specific Nursing Skills

ONS Experts to Review and Update Mosby's Oncology-Specific Nursing Skills
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In collaboration with Elsevier, ONS experts will review and amend 76 oncology-related Mosby's Skills, an online reference product and competency management system.

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Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) experts have been selected to review and amend 76 oncology-related skills in Mosby’s Skills, a comprehensive, combined online reference product and competency management system. The work is being done in collaboration with Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services.
“We commend Elsevier for collaborating with organizations such as ours to continuously expand and improve its educational materials,” said Elizabeth M. Wertz Evans, PhD, RN, MPM, CPHQ, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FACMPE, ONS executive director of professional practice and programs. “We look forward to collaborating and developing the best possible Mosby’s Skills product for nursing professionals.”
Designed for healthcare nursing professionals, Mosby’s Skills combines a powerful skills and procedures reference product with convenient competency management system functionality. More than 1,300 skills are featured within the areas of adult and pediatric and specialties such as perioperative, maternal/newborn, neonatal intensive care, respiratory care, oncology, and others. Mosby’s Skills is part of Elsevier’s Mosby’s Suite, an online solution that provides training, education, skills reference, and support at the point of care.
“Equipping nurses with the most accurate and updated information is of paramount importance when it comes to delivering direct patient care,” said Barbara Nelson Cullen, vice president, strategy and content development, Elsevier. “We value feedback and input from organizations known for their expertise. ONS’s review of Mosby’s Skills will help ensure that the oncology-related skills offer the best content in the industry.”
ONS joins a list of well-known organizations that have collaborated with Elsevier to develop and review areas within Mosby’s Skills, including the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. 
About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier¹s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey, and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and healthcare institutions deliver better outcomes more cost effectively.
Oncology Nursing Society
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. Together, ONS and the cancer community seek to reduce the risks, incidence, and burden of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection, and improving the management of cancer symptoms and side effects throughout the disease trajectory.