Clara Beaver Selected as 2016 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year

PITTSBURGH, PA  – May 31, 2016 – The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has chosen Clara Beaver, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, AOCNS®, of Taylor, Michigan, as the 2016 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Specialist of the Year. Beaver was selected for the award based on her contributions to oncology nursing and oncology nursing service, and her support and promotion of oncology nursing certification.

Beaver dedicates her time to helping her institution, as well as her colleagues outside of work. Recently, Beaver spearheaded a project for multiple facilities to define best practices for chemotherapy administration. As a result, it helped 18 different Michigan hospitals standardize chemotherapy administration and constructed a competency system so all nurses could be signed off on safe administration and handling of chemotherapeutic agents.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Beaver is a dedicated volunteer for ONCC and ONS. She is the Special Interest Group (SIG) Leader for the Clinical Nurse Specialist group and a content writer for the ONCC certification exam.

As an ONCC Certification Advocate, she frequently offers her expertise to colleagues to help study for certification exams. She has obtained most of the books from the reference list that she willingly loans to anyone studying for the exam. This effort has led to increased certification in the ambulatory care department from 17% to 30% in just one year. 

She is also very dedicated to nursing research. She has presented multiple posters at ONS Congress in the past five years, and has had two of her research projects published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology.

Outside of work, Beaver has been an active member with the Komen Race for the Cure for ten years and other awareness events.

“Becoming an oncology certified nurse was a goal early on in my career. This award shows the hard work and dedication I have, not only to being an oncology nurse but also to certification,” says Beaver.

The award was presented during the ONCC Recognition Breakfast at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Annual Congress on April 29, 2016 in San Antonio.

Beaver is one of more than 36,000 nurses certified as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®), Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®), Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®), Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN®), Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON®), or Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN®).

The Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding AOCN®, AOCNP®, or AOCNS®. To win the award, nominees must have recommendations from two colleagues in the nursing profession; prepare an essay describing how certification has been promoted; summarize services offered that enhance oncology care and oncology nursing; and demonstrate accomplishments in at least two areas of oncology nursing practice – clinical practice, education, research, administration or consultation. 

The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing and related specialties. ONCC administered the first Oncology Certified Nurse examination in 1986. Today, ONCC offers basic and advanced certification in adult oncology nursing, basic certification in pediatric oncology/hematology nursing, and specialty certification in breast care nursing and blood and marrow transplant nursing. Learn more about ONCC at

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