Election 2012: Cast Your Vote for ONCC Leadership
One position on the ONCC Board of Directors is open for election in 2012. The following candidates were slated by the ONCC Nominating Committee and will appear on the election ballot. Online voting will take open November12, 2012, and close on December 18, 2012. All votes will be cast online; paper ballots will not be distributed. Nurses who were ONCC certified as of October 1, 2012 will be eligible to vote.
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Rebecca (Becky) O'Shea, MS, RN, OCN®, AOCNS®, CBCN®, CNS-M/S
Oncology CNS/Oncology Program Coordinator/Breast Center Navigator
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
- AOCNS® Test Development Committee, ONCC, Member 2011-Present
- AOCNS® Item Writer, ONCC, 2010
- North Texas Advisory Committee, ACS, Member 2010 – Present
- Dallas Chapter, ONS, President 1995-1996
- Area IV Workgroup, Nurse Oncology Education Program, Past Chair/Member/CE Reviewer, 1991 – Present
- Denton County Breast Health Coalition, Member, 2010 - Present
"In 1977, as a new graduate nurse I began my career at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto Canada. I wanted to work in cancer care because of my student experience with a family facing their young son's diagnosis of neuroblastoma. Thanks to the mentoring and support I received there I traveled to Houston Texas to pursue graduate studies and work at UT MD Anderson. The United States was far more advanced in chemotherapy and I wanted to learn more so that I could provide our patients and families with state of the art care. Those early decisions set me on a course I will never regret and thirty-five years later I remain passionate about sharing my experiences and mentoring others to follow their dreams and promote the specialty of Oncology nursing. Becoming involved in ONS and serving on a committee with the ONCC have been invaluable to my ongoing development. The ONCC's commitment to validating specialized knowledge in Oncology nursing sets high standards for us all.
I am proud to hold three national Oncology certifications and feel I owe a debt to all of you who have played a role in my life. I want to pay back and service in the profession I love throughout the continuum of care is how I intend to do it. Our future has never been brighter but there is more work to do. Together as partners we will continue to build on the legacy that our visionary leaders have gifted."
Jean Rosiak, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®, CBCN®
Aurora UW Academic Medical Group
- AOCNP® Test Development Committee, ONCC, Member, 2011 – Present
- AOCNP® Passing Score Task Force, ONCC, Member, 2010 – 2011
- CBCN® Item Writer, Passing Score Task Force, Role Delineation Study Task Force, ONCC, 2007 – 2008
- Nominating Committee, ONS, Chair/Member, 2007 – 2010
- Steering Council, ONS, Chair/Member, 2002 – 2005
- SWONS Chapter, ONS, Web site coordinator – 2002 - 2010
"Nursing is a caring profession. Certification offers a means for a nurse to express caring enough about their profession to develop proficiency in an area of specialization, as well as provide recognition for those who have attained that proficiency. Oncology nursing is a specialty that requires broad knowledge of the spectrum of disease, treatment, symptom management, survivorship, palliative and end of life care. Preparation for the various ONCC exams and to maintain certification leads to the enhancement of a nurses' ability to provide evidence based patient care and promotes professionalism.
In order to be meaningful, the rigorous requirements of the certification exams need to be maintained. The role of the ONCC board is to oversee the process and requirements of certification and maintain the integrity of the entire certification process. The rigor of exam development and the examination process is the charge of the ONCC board.
I have had the privilege of working with the committees delineating the role and developing the exams for the AOCNP and CBCN certifications. I understand the rigor and process of test development, construction and validation. I currently hold dual certification as AOCNP and CBCN. My current involvement in ONCC is serving on the AOCNP® Test Development Committee.
As a member of the ONCC board I would serve as a steward of the integrity and meaningfulness of the certification process. Please consider my application to fill this responsible position."
Tara Baney, MS, ANP-BC, CRNP, AOCN®
Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Penn State Hershey Medical Group-Oncology
State College, PA
- Advanced Practice Test Development Committee, ONCC, Chair/Member 2003 – 2008
- CBCN® Item Writer, ONCC, 2009
- PEP Team/Radiodermatitis, ONS, Chair 2009 - 2010
- Survivorship Project Team, ONS, Member 2011 – 2012
- Centre County Advisory Board, ACS, Member 2005 - 2009
- Radiation Steering Committee, Pennsylvania Cancer Pain Initiative, Member 2004 - 2006
"I have been a certified as both an OCN® and AOCN®. I am very proud and honored to have obtained these credentials. I also am lucky to work for an institution that values certified nurses. Recently our office has obtained a 100% certification amongst our RN staff. As I have promoted certification within my institution, I will also promote certification as a board member to other groups.
I am not only a certified nurse but I have also served on the test development committee. I have insight in to the extensive time and effort that goes into developing and preparing a quality test. As a board member, I will advocate for the test committee issues and needs so that they are able to build a quality exam. Over the last few years, ONCC has made several changes to renewal process, which I believe will ensure that nurses are participating in educational activities that are geared more to their individual learning and professional development needs rather than just receiving continuing education credits. These types of changes are important to ensure that the certified nurse is continuing to learn so that he/she is able to provide upstanding patient care. I will continue to help explore and promote changes that foster the ongoing learning which will enhance patient care and professional practice if I am elected to the board."