Connie Yarbro

Honorary Alumna

Photo Connie H. Yarbro

Connie H. Yarbro, MS, RN, FAAN is a nationally recognized oncology nurse leader. During her time at UAB from 1972 to 1979, she worked alongside Dr. John Durant to build the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Together, they traveled the state of Alabama to educate health care providers and patients about cancer and cutting-edge cancer therapies. Through her partnership with Dr. Durant, Connie 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 Connie honorary alumna status. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and she has authored six oncology nursing textbooks. Connie 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 (ONS). This award recognizes her many contributions to the ONS as a researcher, mentor, and educator. Connie 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 now comprises more than 35,000 cancer nurses. In Singapore, Connie received the 2008 Distinguished Merit Award from the International Society of Nurses—an organization she served as president from 1996 to 2002. Connie was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2017.