Cancer care specialist named oncology nurse of the year
May 06, 2014
UC Irvine Health nurse Deborah Boyle, RN, has received the 2014 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year award for her work with cancer patients and commitment to advancing oncology nursing.
The award is bestowed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, a subsidiary of the Oncology Nursing Society, and recognizes nurses who are leaders in patient care, education and research into best nursing practices.
An oncology clinical nurse specialist and palliative care nurse lead in the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Boyle’s responsibilities include ensuring adherence to national quality of cancer care standards, leading the nursing component of UC Irvine Medical Center’s palliative care team, patient education and acting as a liaison between inpatient and outpatient cancer care.
“Being recognized by one’s peers is the highest of all accolades,” said Boyle. “I am humbled to receive this honor and do so in acknowledgment of the tremendous contributions made within cancer care by all oncology advanced practice nurses.”
Boyle has been certified by ONCC for 25 years. She encourages certification among her colleagues and has developed two OCN® review courses to assist UC Irvine Health nurses with test preparation. When she joined UC Irvine Health in 2011, only two staff members were certified. Now, 10 nurses are certified, with 14 more currently pursuing oncology certification.
Boyle is principal investigator of a research study addressing family needs of nursing care during a loved one’s end of life experience in the acute care setting and is co-investigator of a unique study at the University of California’s five medical centers that examines nurse communication skills in addressing palliative care needs in the critical care setting.
Throughout her career, Boyle has served in various volunteer leadership positions with the Oncology Nursing Society, is an active member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a privilege bestowed on only 1,000 of America’s three million nurses. She has been invited to serve as an Oncology Visiting Nurse Professor in Australia, Singapore, and Ireland.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing and related specialties. ONCC administered the first Oncology Certified Nurse examination in 1986. Today, ONCC offers basic and advanced certification in adult oncology nursing, basic certification in pediatric oncology/hematology nursing, and specialty certification in breast care nursing and blood and marrow transplant nursing.
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