PITTSBURGH, PA – Oct. 7, 2016 – The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has chosen Tony Yost, RN, BSN, CPHON®, as the 2016 Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse of the Year. Yost, of Lakewood, Colorado, was selected for the award based on his contributions to pediatric hematology oncology nursing care service, support, and promotion of pediatric hematology oncology nursing certification.
“Achieving certification in your specialty field is hard work, but rewarding. I know my certification makes me strive to be a better nurse every day and this recognition makes me want to work even harder. I am very proud to tell people that I am a certified oncology nurse and I hope to continue to encourage and guide my peers towards certification as well,” says Yost.
As a Clinical Nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado, Yost is an avid promoter, educator, and advocate of pediatric hematology oncology nursing certification. Last year, he was integral in developing the “Making the Leap to Certification” campaign for his department. As an ONCC Certification Advocate, Yost developed a catalog of certification resources for staff.
As the committee lead of the Inpatient Central Line Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI), he has implemented numerous care bundles, and as a result, there was a 50 percent reduction in infections of patients. On a monthly basis, Yost audits and teaches the staff about CLABSI prevention.
Outside of the workplace, he is an active participant and advocate for numerous pediatric oncology organizations and participates in community education through local preschools.
Yost was honored at the ONCC Recognition Breakfast at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Annual Conference in September.
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.
Yost 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.