Dyane Bunnell Named CPON® of the Year

PITTSBURGH, PA – Sept. 12, 2017– The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has chosen Dyane Bunnell, MSN, APRN, AOCNS®, CPON®, as the 2017 Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse of the Year. Bunnell, of Wilmington, Delaware, was selected for the award based on her contributions to pediatric hematology oncology nursing care service, support, and promotion of pediatric hematology oncology nursing certification.

“The CPON® of the Year award stands for all that I am passionate about in my professional career: enhancing the education of nurses, promoting nursing certification, and ensuring that pediatric oncology nurses have the skills and knowledge they need to deliver high quality nursing care to children with cancer and blood disorders. It is truly an honor to receive this award and I am especially humbled to have been nominated by my peers, who share my passion for this nursing specialty,” says Bunnell.

As a Clinical Nurse Specialist - Hematology Oncology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Bunnell has created, developed, and implemented at free certification review course to all nurses at her institution. She has presented almost 20 fifteen-hour courses to a variety of audiences. Bunnell has helped more than 50 nurses become CPON® or CPHON® certified.

Outside of the workplace, Bunnell is a very active member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON). She is on the Steering Council and volunteers as the Section Editor of the APHON quarterly publication, APHON Counts. Bunnell also serves as the president and board member of the First State Chapter of APHON. 

Committed to educating others, Bunnell been an APHON Chemotherapy Biotherapy Provider Course instructor for seven years. She has also been a podium and poster presenter at multiple APHON conferences.

She serves as a role model, clinical expert, and a resource for her colleagues and continually inspires them to increase their levels of professional engagement. 

In 2012, Bunnell was awarded the Marie L. Des Barres Nurse of the Year Award from the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. This year, she was recognized as one of the 50 stars, or outstanding alumni of the University of Delaware.

Bunnell was honored at the ONCC Recognition Breakfast at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Annual Conference in August.

The Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse or Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse. To win the award, nominees must have recommendations from two colleagues in the nursing profession; prepare an essay describing how (s)he has promoted certification; summarize services offered that enhance pediatric hematology/oncology care and nursing service; and demonstrate accomplishments in at least one area of oncology nursing practice – clinical practice, education, or research.

Bunnell is one of more than 37,000 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 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 www.oncc.org.


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