Three University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing graduate students have received scholarships from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Foundation to further their nursing education in an effort to transform cancer care for patients throughout their lifespan.
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) student Brooke Cherven, MPH, RN, CPON, CCRP, has received the ONS Foundation 2017 Research Doctoral Scholarship, the highest academic honor awarded annually by the supporting arm of the ONS to students committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care.
She is one of the School’s five Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars and received a one-year, $7,500 award to support her research in pediatric oncology and the health and quality of life of childhood cancer survivors.
Cherven, who has 15 years of experience as a pediatric oncology nurse with a focus on survivors of childhood cancer, was selected to the 2016 cohort of RWJF Scholars and is currently one of 160 nurses nationwide receiving RWJF’s support to pursue their PhDs. Her mentor in the School is Associate Professor Wendy Landier, PhD, RN, a national leader in pediatric oncology nursing and chair of the Nursing Discipline of the Children’s Oncology Group, a worldwide consortium of 220 institutions that work together to improve outcomes for childhood cancer patients and their families by conducting clinical trials.
The ONS Foundation awarded a total of 42 scholarships for 2017-18.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student Anna Evans, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPHON, has received a one-year, $7,500 ONS Foundation Clinical Doctoral Scholarship. Evans, a distance-accessible student from Glendale, California, is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her mentor is Pamela Bryant, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CPNP-AC.Kwai Mung Chin, BSN, RN, OCN, a student in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Primary Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track with an oncology subspecialty, has received a one-year, $5,000 ONS Foundation Masters Scholarship. Chin, a distance-accessible student from Boonville, Missouri, is a nurse in the infusion room at Missouri Cancer Associates in Columbia, Missouri. Walker is her mentor.
“I am thrilled that our UAB School of Nursing students were among those who received consideration in what was a very rigorous selection process and were ultimately awarded these prestigious scholarships,” said Associate Professor Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, CRNP, NP-C, FNP-BC, AOCN, FAANP, the ONS Foundation’s immediate past president. “It is rewarding to see all these students, many of whom are already oncology nurses, receive financial support from the ONS Foundation to further their education with a more specialized focus in oncology.”
The UAB School of Nursing is ranked 13th in overall graduate programs, among the top five public schools of nursing in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and offers innovative bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs, including the state’s only PhD in Nursing degree and a DNP degree offering BSN, MSN and Nurse Anesthesia Pathways; more than 10 specialty nurse practitioner tracks, advanced nursing executive majors in administration and informatics, and an Accelerated Master's in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) for students who already have one degree.