May 7, 2020 - The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has chosen Pamela Paplham, DNP, AOCNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, as the 2020 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®) of the Year. Dr. Paplham, of Buffalo, New York, was selected for the award based on her contributions to oncology nursing care, service, support, and promotion of oncology nursing certification.
“This award represents the pinnacle of my 30-year career as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner. I am truly humbled and honored to have been chosen,” says Dr. Paplham.
As a nurse for over 30 years and an AOCNP for 11 years, Dr. Paplham has extensive experience in her field and is considered an innovator by her nominator. She is a Clinical Professor of Nursing and BMT Annual Clinic/Survivorship Nurse Practitioner at SUNY Buffalo and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC). From her pioneering early days developing care models for BMT patients to later establishing a survivorship clinic at RPCCC, Dr. Paplham is an exceptional leader in her field.
Dr. Paplham is considered an expert and advocate within her community. She has made numerous media appearances and has volunteered for the National Marrow Donor Program, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT), Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), and more.
As an educator, Dr. Paplham has published 28 manuscripts related to blood and marrow transplant (BMT) issues. She is also a mentor to her students and has advised more than 25 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects.
In addition to this award, Dr. Paplham has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, received the NP/PA Lifetime Achievement Award from ASBMT and the Josh Gottheil Memorial BMT Career Development Award from ONS.
ONCC is the premier provider of nationally accredited certifications for nurses in oncology and related specialties. Certification promotes health and safety by validating competence and ensuring life-long learning in those fields. ONCC has more than 38,000 certified nurses in adult oncology, pediatric hematology oncology, breast care, or blood and marrow transplant nursing.