U Associate Nursing Dean Receives National Award in Oncology

U Associate Nursing Dean Receives National Award in Oncology

Feb 19, 2003 5:00 PM

Susan L. Beck, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., FAAN, A.O.C.N., has received the 2003 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Distinguished Service Award.

Associate dean for research and scholarship at the University of Utah College of Nursing, Beck was recognized for "her outstanding contributions in assisting ONS to fulfill its mission of study, research, and the exchange of information, experiences, and ideas leading to improved oncology nursing."

ONS, a national organization of more than 30,000 oncology nurses and other health-care professionals, is the largest association of oncology professionals in the world. The award will be presented at the societys annual convention in Denver on May 1.

Upon learning that she had been chosen to receive the award, Beck said, "It is a tremendous honor to be acknowledged by your colleagues for the ways in which you have made a contribution to oncology nursing. I accept it on behalf of all of the members of the Oncology Nursing Society who give each day to making it one of the best nursing specialty organizations in the world."

An active member of ONS, Beck led the initiation of the societys Leadership Development Institute. To date, said Beck, "150 nurses have gone through the program and have become leaders in the society."

ONS is not the only oncology organization to benefit from Becks involvement. She also served on the Oncology Nursing Foundations first national advisory council for the Center for Leadership, Research and Information.

Her top priority for research is "to try to ameliorate the symptoms that cancer patients experience during treatment, following treatment and at the end of life," said Beck.

Her current research projects include "Experiences of Urban and Rural Elderly Cancer Survivors" funded by a U of U Huntsman Institute Cancer Center Support Grant and "Energy Conservation and Cancer Treatment-related Fatigue" funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

A past president of Cancer Pain Relief-Utah, Beck is a member of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the steering committee of the Partnership to Improve End-of-Life Care in Utah.

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