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Leader Award for Nurse Patricia Frank

St. Davids, PA, May 21, 2012:  Eastern University graduate Patricia Frank, RN, BSN, is the recipient of the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Emerging Leader Award. Frank has served in  leadership positions in the Penns Wood Chapter of ONS, including secretary, president, co-chair of fundraising, and web master.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Frank. “Nine years ago, I felt my oncology nursing career was ending. How could I continue to follow my dream, if I could not work? It took a little time to realize that I had the knowledge and love of oncology nursing to share it. With the support of so many of my friends both in the local area and national level of ONS, I have succeeded in my role as an oncology nurse by being a mentor to my peers and sharing with them the love of oncology nursing. Thank you to my local Penns Wood Chapter of ONS for the nomination and making me realize I do make a difference in many lives. To the national ONS, thank you for this prestigious award.”

Frank has donated time, money, and expertise to advance other young oncology nurses at the national and chapter level. Her efforts have resulted in thousands of dollars in ONS conference travel scholarships to the chapter members. A major, disabling illness has caused Frank to stop working clinically, but she has persevered through the illness and continued to put 100% effort into her local ONS chapter.

“Pat has taken on multiple tasks to better our chapter,” said her nominator, Beth Eaby-Sandy, MSN, CRNP, OCN®. “She has been the glue that holds together the Best of ONS conference that is hosted by a consortium of ONS chapters in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware areas. She is almost solely responsible for mentoring me in my chapter leadership duties. I have served as secretary, president-elect, and a 3-year presidency term, all thanks to her encouragement and mentoring.”

Frank received her associate of science in nursing degree from Delaware County Community College in Media, PA, and her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. In addition to her activities with ONS and the Penns Wood Chapter of ONS, she is coordinator and training center faculty at the American Heart Association’s Mercy Fitzgerald Training Center.

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 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.

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