Oncology Nursing Foundation Celebrates the Importance of Mentorship in Nursing

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Connie Henke Yarbro, RN, MS, FAAN, is Adjunct Courtesy Faculty, Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Founding Editor of Seminars in Oncology Nursing.  She is one of four founders of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) in 1975, and founded the Oncology Nursing Foundation to support nurses both nationally and internationally.
 
Yarbro had the opportunity to get involved in the  US and Internationally to addressed the numerous challenges of our profession over the years. “It was rewarding to work with nurses and help them aspire to becoming involved in oncology nursing.  In 1975 cancer nursing research was just really beginning, as was education in nursing schools. I started Seminars in Oncology Nursing 35 years ago and was able to mentor oncology nurses to be editors and authors. Today, oncology nurses are having a major impact with the research on patient care, survivorship etc.  These nurses, like Mei Fu, are mentoring the next generation of oncology nurses.
 

The Oncology Nursing Foundation announces the recipient of the 2020 Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award is Mei R. Fu (Qiu), PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. Fu is a Barry Family/Goldman Sachs Endowed Professor in the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College in Massachusetts. She will join an upcoming conversation on the importance of mentorship in cancer nursing on June 15, 2020, at 4 pm EST via a webinar.

The Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award was established to recognize and support excellence in oncology nursing mentorship in the name of a founding member of the Oncology Nursing Society and Foundation, Connie Henke Yarbro. “Mei has gone above and beyond in many ways as a nurse scientist to inspire others in her field. She has committed to nurturing professional development in students both nationally and internationally,” said Oncology Nursing Foundation president, Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN®, NEA-BC, FAAN. “Her assistance with educational pursuits, research, grant funding, and multicultural engagement is extraordinary.”

“From my mentors, I learned the most important quality of a wonderful mentor is the mentors’ trust in our ability when we had very little confidence in and limited vision for our nursing career, but they foresaw our potentials and encouraged us to go forward and beyond. It is their trust in our ability and personalized guidance that made us successful in our career.” Said Dr. Fu.

An Oncology Nursing Society member for more than 25 years, Dr. Fu is an internationally and nationally recognized nurse scientist, researcher, and educator, with a scientific focus on cancer-related symptoms and the management of chronic illnesses. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a senior fellow of geriatrics of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Oncology Nursing Foundation, and the Avon Foundation, among others. Dr. Fu’s research has been recognized with an Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Nursing Research Award and an International Lymphology Association Young Investigator Award.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be selected as the recipient of the 2020 Oncology Nursing Foundation Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award. I am blessed to have many talented oncology nurses and nurse scientists working with me along this wonderful journey,” said Dr. Fu. “I cherish this wonderful recognition from the Oncology Nursing Foundation and will continue to dedicate my time to mentor nurses for years to come.”