West Michigan Cancer Center (WMCC) a collaboration of Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare Group, is pleased to announce that Kelly Smith, NP-C, MSN, AOCN, has been chosen as the 2012 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year. The award is given annually by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC).
Smith won the award for her significant contributions to oncology nursing and oncology nursing service and for supporting and promoting certification in oncology nursing. She will be presented with the award during the ONCC Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses on May 4th in New Orleans. Smith has been an oncology nurse for 27 years and joined WMCC when it opened in 1994.
“Kelly’s deep passion to provide the absolute best care possible to cancer patients is the cornerstone of her commitment to educate nurses on the certification process”, said Pam Tibbitts, President of the Greater Kalamazoo Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. “She has always believed that it is important for oncology nurses to become ‘experts’ in their field so that patients know they’re in the best hands through an often difficult cancer journey. She is beloved by our patients and highly respected by her peers”, added Tibbitts.
As a member of the Greater Kalamazoo Area Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, Smith has held numerous leadership positions and has actively promoted nursing certification among her colleagues and peers at area hospitals and hospices. She has made numerous educational presentations in the community—at churches, colleges and health fairs—and has mentored nursing students.
At WMCC, Smith has used her vast knowledge and talents to help develop multiple programs including the neuro, breast, and gynecologic oncology conferences and clinics. She also started the center’s cancer risk assessment program and served as a genetic counselor.
The Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year Award is presented annually to an advanced oncology certified nurse (AOCN, AOCNP or AOCNS). To win the award, nominees must obtain recommendations from two colleagues in the nursing profession, prepare an essay describing how (s)he has promoted certification, summarize services offered that enhance oncology care and oncology nursing and demonstrate accomplishments in two areas of oncology nursing practice—clinical practice, education, consultation or research.
Recipients receive $1,000 and a crystal award at the Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses at the ONS Annual Congress.