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Oncology Nursing Foundation Lectureship to Address Urgency of Nurse Resiliency

The Oncology Nursing Foundation has chosen Susan Childress, MN, RN, former Director of Nursing at Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah Health, as the 2020 Mara Mogensen Flaherty Lecturer. Childress has spent her 40-year career cultivating her passion for innovation and improvement in oncology nursing. She will deliver the lecture on May 27 at 4 pm EST via a webinar format.

The Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship, established nearly 40 years ago, supports an annual award lecture on a topic related to the psychosocial aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care and is presented by an individual involved in the fields of psychosocial oncology, cancer care, education, or research.

“Many oncology nurse colleagues tell me they fell in love with oncology because of the patients; I also fell in love with oncology because of the nurses who chose this profession. They are some of the most caring, intelligent, dedicated professionals I know,” said Childress. “I’m honored to be speaking to them during this annual lecture.”

During her presentation, Childress will discuss the importance of self-care and explore ways that oncology nurses can be more resilient during stressful times. She has done significant work in resilience and is a champion of making it a priority in the workplace.

“This topic is more pressing than ever due to the extreme pressures that have been placed on our nurses during the pandemic. We’re pleased to make this program accessible to support them when it’s needed most,” said Oncology Nursing Foundation President Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN®, NEA-BC, FAAN.  

The Oncology Nursing Society created the Oncology Nursing Foundation in 1981 to accept charitable contributions to advance these important activities on behalf of oncology nursing. The mission of the Oncology Nursing Foundation is to support oncology nursing excellence.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and institutions, the Oncology Nursing Foundation has awarded more than $28 million in funding since its inception for education, research, and leadership development for oncology nurses to give them the opportunity to pursue excellence in delivering care to patients with cancer. For more information or to donate to the Oncology Nursing Foundation, visit

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