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ONS Names New Chief Executive Officer

ONS Names New Chief Executive Officer
Friday, July 11, 2014

ONS is pleased to announce that Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, is named as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 1.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) today named Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 1.
 
“We are excited to welcome Brenda as the new ONS CEO. Her distinguished career and leadership skill set will position ONS for the future within a complex and changing healthcare system, while achieving the ONS mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. It is an exciting time for ONS and the ONS Board of Directors,” said ONS President Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN.
 
“I am honored to be selected as the ONS CEO,” Nevidjon said. “I look forward to working with the Board, staff, members, and the larger cancer care community as we transform the provision of cancer care in a changing healthcare environment.”
 
Nevidjon is currently a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and coordinator of the Systems Division, which includes the nursing informatics, nursing education, and nursing and healthcare leadership graduate majors. She has had an extraordinary nursing career of leadership in service and education and was the first nurse and first woman to be chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital. Through diverse clinical and administrative experiences in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, she has devoted her energy to bridging practice settings and academic environments to advance patient care, creating innovative work environments, promoting scholarship in practitioners, and developing leaders.
 
She has helped develop professional nursing organizations at the local, national, and international levels and has made lasting contributions to ONS. Nevidjon is a past president of ONS and the ONS Foundation, has completed a term on the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum Board, and has served on other cancer-related boards, most recently the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
 
With extensive publications in the nursing literature, Nevidjon is regarded as a mentor for nurses to develop their power and voice through publication.  Her diverse contributions include two volumes of oncology nurse narratives as well as books, articles, and chapters on oncology and administrative topics, such as the role of advanced practice nurses and the nursing shortage. She consults with organizations related to work culture, team building, and leadership development. 
 
Nevidjon received the Duke School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award, the ONS Trish Greene Quality of Life Memorial Lectureship, and the American Nursing Association’s Honorary Recognition Award for her sustained contributions to the nursing profession. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Program and the Johnson & Johnson–Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
 

ONS Book Takes Top Honor as Book of the Year

ONS Book Takes Top Honor as Book of the Year
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In the Shadows: How to Help Your Seriously Ill Adult Child, published by Hygeia Media, an ONS imprint, won first place in the prestigious 2013 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the consumer health category. 

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is pleased to announce that In the Shadows: How to Help Your Seriously Ill Adult Child won first place in the prestigious 2013 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the consumer health category. The book, an ONS Hygeia Media imprint, was authored by Patricia Ringos Beach, MSN, RN, AOCN®, ACHPN, and Beth E. White, MSN, RN. 
 
Parents of seriously ill adults are often caught in a complicated situation of conflicting demands and expectations. In the Shadows offers stories from parents, their ill adult children, and professionals on how to navigate difficult familial and medical waters. Chapters provide insight and resources that can help to shed light and guide parents and caregivers out of the shadows to provide the best support possible.
 
“Thank you to AJN for the recognition not only of our book, but of the plight of parents of our adult patients,” said Beach, a clinical nurse specialist and patient navigator. “It is these parents’ struggles, stories, and advice that will help others. They have been there.”
 
“It is a great professional honor to have our book recognized by AJN,” said White, a pediatric clinical nurse specialist. “Parents of seriously ill adult children are a deeply committed, yet often-untapped resource.  We hope our book may provide some insight and skills to maximize support to our adult patients and their families.”
 
The AJN is the nation’s oldest and largest circulating nursing journal and one of the most highly respected. Its AJN Book of the Year Award competition draws hundreds of submissions by authors from various fields in the nursing profession. A distinguished panel of judges selects those considered to be the most valuable texts each year.
 
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. 

2016 ACS Chair

ONS Member Will Serve as American Cancer Society Board Chair in 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016

ONS Member and former ONS Foundation President, Scarlott Mueller, has been appointed as the new 2016 chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

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ONS Member and former ONS Foundation President, Scarlott Mueller, has been appointed as the new 2016 chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. For more than 35 years, Mueller has been an active member in the oncology profession, receiving awards and serving in numerous positions throughout her career. Read more about Scarlott Mueller’s appointment to chair of the American Cancer Society

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 www.uab.edu.

ONS Members Recognized in International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

ONS Members Recognized in International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Monday, August 1, 2016

Two ONS members were included among the 19 highly distinguished nurse researchers that Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing recognized in the 2016 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

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Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing recognized two ONS members, Deborah Watkins-Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Janet Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, among the 19 nurse researchers selected for its 2016 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
 
The purpose of STTI’s Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame is to recognize nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. As part of their achievement, Carpenter and Watkins-Bruner met STTI’s rigorous criteria for the award, including 
 
  • Integrated scholarship in their specialty and a significant and sustained level of achievement in nursing research, which has had an impact on the profession, patients, families, community, or policy
  • A distinguished record of peer-reviewed publications 
  • Receiving funding for a justified unique context 
  • Mentoring novice researchers 
  • Having a program of research with a measurable impact on policy or promotion of quality and value to service delivery
  • Translating evidence to practice. 
Since 2010, STTI has been inducting nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained broad national or international recognition for their work and whose research has impacted the profession and the people it serves. 
 
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 www.ons.org.
 

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon Becomes ONS’s First Chief Clinical Officer

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon Becomes ONS’s First Chief Clinical Officer
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beginning October 3, 2016, Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, will become ONS’s first chief clinical officer.

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Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, has been appointed as the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS’s) first chief clinical officer (CCO) beginning October 3, 2016. Kennedy Sheldon brings to the new role more than 30 years of oncology nursing experience, both nationally and internationally, in clinical practice, publication, and education. She is the editor for ONS’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) and practices as an oncology nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. 
 
The CCO role will report directly to Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer, and will provide a strategic vision to ensure that ONS’s clinical practice resources and processes are maintained with the highest integrity. Kennedy Sheldon will also collaborate with ONS affiliates to address and engage emerging oncology practice needs. 
 
“In creating this new role, we wanted someone who would continue to elevate ONS’s leadership in setting the standard for oncology nursing practice,” Nevidjon said. “Lisa’s experiences and expertise will be vital as ONS continues to meet not only today’s practice priorities but to envision and prepare for the future, including building new relationships that strengthen and enhance the mission of ONS.”
 
Kennedy Sheldon brings an extensive history as a clinician, nurse scientist, and educator in the United States and globally. Her research focused on ways to increase patient-provider communication to improve cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in cancer care. She has published in numerous scholarly scientific journals, including the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, and the Journal of Health Communication. Kennedy Sheldon has received numerous awards for her work and will be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, which recognizes nursing's most accomplished leaders in education management, practice, and research. 
 
“I am excited to join ONS in the role of chief clinical officer,” Kennedy Sheldon said. “And I look forward to bringing the voice of oncology nurses in clinical practice to strategic ONS initiatives that are transforming cancer care.” She will also continue as editor of CJON until the end of her term in 2018.
 
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 www.ons.org.
 

Contact: Aaron Borchert
               
aborchert@ons.org

 

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