OCN® of the Year Award

This award recognizes an OCN® who has made significant contributions to oncology nursing and oncology nursing service; and who has supported and promoted oncology nursing certification. The OCN® of the Year will receive $1,000 and be presented with a crystal award at the Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses at the ONS Annual Congress.

Application Deadline: December 1 Extended to December 15

To submit a nomination, please fill out the form below:


OCN® Award Winners

Award Criteria

Nominees must demonstrate accomplishments in the promotion of oncology nursing certification; and oncology nursing service; as well as in one of the following areas of oncology nursing; clinical practice, education, or research.

Promotion of Oncology Nursing Certification

  • Actively promotes oncology nursing certification among nursing colleagues, other healthcare professionals, and healthcare consumers


  • Enhances the image of oncology nursing among the general public
  • Participates in community affairs, legislative activities, or in organizations that affect nursing
  • Enhances the image of oncology nursing among healthcare professionals
  • Participates in community education

Oncology Nursing Practice

Candidates must demonstrate accomplishments in ONE of the following areas (nominee, nominator, and recommendations must all address the same area):

Clinical Practice

  • Develops or uses creative approaches to oncology nursing which enhance quality patient care
  • Serves as an example to inspire oncology nurse peers
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the care of persons with cancer and their families


  • Participates in the education and development of nurses
  • Participates in patient/family teaching
  • Participates in educating other disciplines about oncology nursing


  • Participates in the research process
  • Applies research findings to nursing practice
  • Conducts research which positively affects oncology patient care

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be OCN®-certified at the time of nomination and award presentation.
  • Nominees must have current, active, unencumbered RN licensure (or equivalent foreign credentials).
  • Members of the ONCC Recognition Subcommittee and the ONCC Board of Directors are not eligible to be nominees, to nominate others, or to provide recommendations for nominees.

In addition:

  • Each nomination must include completed Nomination Information, Biographical information, and two Recommendations/Letters of Reference.
  • The two Recommendations/Letters of Reference must be from individuals other than the nominator or nominee. Only two Recommendations may be submitted; additional recommendations will not be considered.
  • All materials must be submitted to ONCCNominations@oncc.org. It will be the responsibility of the Nominator or Nominee (if a self-nomination) to provide the requested information, and to submit the supporting References/Letters of Recommendation with the online application.
  • Completed nominations must be submitted by December 1.
  • Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.
  • Additional materials or supporting documentation will not be considered.
  • All decisions of the ONCC Recognition Subcommittee and ONCC Board of Directors are final.
  • Award recipients must agree to be recognized in ONCC Certification News, and/or other publications approved by ONCC.