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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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