Meet the 2018 Election Candidates

The ONCC Nominating Committee has slated three candidates for one position in the 2018 ONCC Board of Directors Election. This position is open only to an advanced oncology certified nurse (i.e., AOCN®, AOCNP®, AOCNS®).

Voting is open October 9 – November 20, 2018. Check your email on October 9 for a message from the ONCC Election Coordinator with a link to your personal online ballot.* All voting must be done online – no paper ballots will be mailed.

Read below to learn about the candidates who are on the ballot. Meet the current ONCC Board.

Note: the order in which candidates appear was determined by computerized random selection. Candidates appear in the same order here and on the ballot.

 

Clara Beaver, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, ACNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, MI

Leadership Experience

  • ONCC/ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Course, Item Writer, 2017
  • AOCNS® Examination Item Writer, Member, 2014
  • AOCNS® Passing Score Study Task Force, Member, 2014
  • ONCC Recognition Subcommittee, Member, 2017 - 2018
  • Metro Detroit Oncology Nursing Society Chapter, Vendor Liaison, 2017 - Present
  • Karmanos Cancer Center, Co-Chair, Multidisciplinary Pain Task Force 2017 - Present

Mission Statement

Candidate’s response to the question “How you would promote or further the mission of ONCC as a member of the ONCC Board of Directors?”

“Strengthening the capabilities of oncology nurses work force is our best defense against patient harm and the surest path to excellence in practice. As an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, my mission, for the last 12 years, has been to promote both safety and excellence in all areas of practice. One way to advance these ideals is to encourage specialty certification for nurses. Certification validates competence for practice and is recognized by patients, peers, and other professions as a mark of excellence. Ideally, certification is a mark of excellence pertinent to one’s area of practice. However, over the years, oncology-nursing practice has become differentiated and highly specialized along a number of lines. ONCC has been responsive to these differentiations by recognizing and offering certification in selected subspecialties. For example, oncology nurses can now obtain generalist certification, the OCN®, or certifications in subspecialties such as BMT and Breast Cancer. The healthcare environment continues to change moving more practice to the ambulatory areas of infusion and radiation therapy. These subspecialties need to have an avenue to validate competence beyond the generalist certification currently offered.

In order to keep pace with changes in oncology nursing practice, there is a need to look critically at creating and/or refining oncology certification programs pertinent to extant and emerging areas of subspecialization. To prepare for the future of oncology nursing, nurse leaders need to meet the challenge of making well-informed decisions about what knowledge is needed to function competently as a generalist in oncology nursing compared to what knowledge is needed to function competently in an infusion center or as a radiation oncology nurse.”


 

Mark Clark, DNP, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, AOCNP®, OCN®

Nurse Practitioner
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group
Gainesville, GA 

Leadership Experience

  • AOCNP® Examination Test Development Committee, Chair 2016 - 2018
  • AOCNP® Examination Test Development Committee, Member, 2013 - 2019
  • AOCNP® Examination Item Writer, 2011
  • The American Journal of Nurse Practitioners, Peer Reviewer, 2013
  • Lanier Georgia Oncology Nursing Society Chapter, President, Vice President, Nominating Chair, and Founding Member, 2003 - Present

Mission Statement

Candidate’s response to the question “How you would promote or further the mission of ONCC as a member of the ONCC Board of Directors?”

“Through education, mentorship, and ONCC involvement, I will encourage nurses, nurse educators and nurse practitioners practicing in the oncology arena to seek higher education and pursue certification. Through certification, nurses are able to demonstrate a knowledge base that is crucial for oncology practice and patient care. I have held oncology certification for nearly 20 years, and I recognize that patients find comfort in knowing their oncology nurses are certified. I strongly believe every oncology nurse should seek certification to demonstrate they have specific oncology knowledge and are able to meet the demands present in an oncology setting.”


 

Laura Pachella, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNP®

Supervisor, Advanced Practice Providers, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Leadership Experience

  • ONS Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Review Course, Subject Matter Expert, 2016
  • Elsevier, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Review Book, Reviewer/Contributor, 2017
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Council, 2016 - Present
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Steering Committee for Advanced Practice Nursing Fellowship in Oncology, Member, 2017 - Present
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center – APRN Week Committee, 2016
  • Covenant House Texas, Young Professional Board Member, Membership Committee Chair, 2015 – Present

Mission Statement

Candidate’s response to the question “How you would promote or further the mission of ONCC as a member of the ONCC Board of Directors?”

“I have had the privilege to be an oncology nurse for all 10 years of my career. I remember first hearing about the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®) exam as a new graduate and I set my sights on studying for the exam to increase my competency and to instill confidence in my patients. I was so excited when I passed I sent a group text message to my fellow nurses that interrupted a meeting on our unit but they felt the same joy I was feeling! As an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®) I have had the opportunity to continue to work with patients at an advanced level and this knowledge has been invaluable in explaining the diagnosis and treatment of cancer to patients in my clinic.

The profession of nursing has taught me so much and I feel I owe a great debt to my fellow oncology nurses. I would be honored to serve my colleagues throughout the country. Certification allows patients to recognize special training and expertise of the nurse caring for them, it allows for an increase in the trust of the provider. For the nurse it instills confidence in his or her clinical skills and knowledge. Oncology is rapidly changing and the opportunity for life-long learning is not just a luxury but rather a necessity to maintain the ability to stay current in practice. As a member of the ONCC Board of Directors I would advocate for increasing certification rates and uphold the standards of the certification process.”

 

*Nurses who are ONCC-certified as of September 1, 2018 are eligible to vote.