2004 Anniversary Cookbook

The 20th anniversary cookbook is now available for purchase. The unique cookbooks are available for $10 a copy. See any Board Member to purchase yours. For further information, contact Karen Agnor.


Members who completed the 2011 WCO-ONS  Needs Assessment were entered into a drawing and winners were chosen at the Love Your Chapter program. Congratulations to Sara Jones, Karen Pelfrey, Peggy Jones, and Karen Schindler will all receive their 2012 WCO membership and one free program. 

Bravo to Barbara Paxson RN, the 2011 winner of The WCO-ONS Alice Jordan Mentorship Scholarship Award.

Congratulations to Barbara Paxson RN who is the recipient of the The James Cancer Hospital's 2011 Cameos of Caring Award. 

Congratulations to Darla Subler, RN, OCN who is the recipient of the 2011 Outreach Ohio Mentorship Award.

Congratulations to Mary Murphy, one of only 100 candidates nationally to receive the 2011 Roberta Scofield Memorial Certification Award from the Oncology Nursing Society. This award consists of a free registration for a 2011 certification test or certification renewal.   

Bravo to member Susie Newton who has now had her third textbook published. Telephone Triage for Otorhinolaryngology for Head-Neck Nurses was published by ONS in October, 2010 and was edited by: Cindy Dawson, Margie Hickey, and Susie Newton.

Bravo to Lori Bellan, the 2010 inaugural winner of The WCO-ONS Alice Jordan Mentorship Scholarship Award.

Bravo to WCO-ONS members Sharon Kershner MSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, CBPN-C and Karen Pelfrey MSN, RN, OCN,  CBCN, CBPN-C who both have been re-certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. and earned the designation as Certified Breast Patient Navigator in Breast Imaging and Cancer Care after passing the exam in Baltimore.

THANK YOU WCO-ONS MEMBERS!!! Our own West Central Ohio chapter is 2010's medium-sized chapter winner of the voting award!!!!! Our chapter's membership votes for the ONS national election totaled at 50.6% of our membership. As a result of this achievement, we will be receiving a check for $1,000.00.

The April 2010 edition of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing has not one but 2 different articles by our own WCO-ONS nurses!  BRAVO to Susie Newton RN, MS, AOCN, AOCNS coauthor of The Coombs Test which can be found on pages 143-145 and to Mary Murphy RN, MS, AOCN, CHPN, author of The Window Watcher which can be found on page 127.

WCO-ONS congratulates Patty D’Allessandris RN, BSN, OCN on her recent promotion to Team Leader at The Dayton Physicians Hematology and Oncology Stroop location. While continuing her work administering chemotherapy, Patty will also act as leader for the treatment room to include facilitating day to day treatment room operations, coordinating patient scheduling, promoting a professional environmental that supports quality nursing care, and monitoring employee adherence to safety and compliance. Please be sure to congratulate her at our next meeting.


Bravo to Patti Adams and Elena Mikalauskas who both recently passed the AOCNS exam.


Congratulations to Jane Barker RN, OCN! She passed the OCN exam in 2008.


The following chapter members have received the 2009 ONS Honor Someone Special Award: Nancy Thoma, Darla Subler, Barb Sterling, Jan Rafferty, Barb Paxson, Susie Newton, Elena Mikalauskas, Jackie Matthews, Nan Lawary, Peggy Jones, LaDonna Hinkle, Betty Craddick and Karen Agnor


Miami Valley Hospital's first Champions of Hope event will be honoring three remarkable people and their achievements in the fight against cancer. One of them will be one of our own colleagues, WCO-ONS member and treasurer, Darla Subler RN, OCN who will be receiving the Medical Professional Award on November 5, 2009. Please be sure to congratulate her at our next program. Below are a few of the things that Darla’s co-workers had to say about her.

‘Darla is an outstanding clinician and a calm and compassionate nurse. Having been an inpatient oncology nurse at MVH for the past 32 years, she has always gone above and beyond for staff members, students she has mentored, and patients and their families. She is able to balance her sense of humor with her skill and patient care.’

"She is calm, she is compassionate and you'd want her to be your nurse, or family member's nurse."                                                Elena Mikaluskas and Nancy Thoma, Nominators & WCO-ONS Members

Colleague and Member-at-Large Susie Newton RN, MS, AOCN, AOCNS  has been chosen to be a faculty member to train the trainer for Middle East Nurses. Susie and her husband will be leaving for the West Bank in Israel on October 30, 2009 where she will teach nurses at Bethlehem University. Susie applied for and was chosen for the position after she read the following: “ONS is collaborating with the US-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research (www.bcpartnership.org) to develop a breast cancer training of trainers program, which ONS is developing from the current ONS Site-Specific Breast Cancer Online Course, for nurses in the Middle East.  ONS is looking for several members with experience in the care and teaching of patients with breast cancer to serve as faculty for presenting this training program to three groups of Middle Eastern trainers.  The faculty would travel to Morocco, Jordan, and the West Bank to present the training program.” 

Chapter members Susie Newton and Joyce Marrs, along with Margie Hickey from New Orleans are the editors of Mosby's Oncology Nursing Advisor textbook. Several WCO chapter members are contributors to the book. Recently, they were informed that Genentech purchased 20,000 copies of their textbook intended for distribution to Oncology Nurses across the country. This will help ensure that the textbook has broad reach and exposure to Oncology Nurses, especially those in clinical oncology settings. Congratulations to Susie, Joyce, and Margie.

WCO-ONS is named as one of the TOP TEN out of 233 ONS Chapter Virtual Communities!!!    May 28, 2009 

                        WCO-ONS is now 100 members strong!!!!                                       May 2009

Since July 2007,  The Dayton Physicians Hematology/Oncology practice has had 12 nurses obtain their OCN certification. Congratulations Rachel Harlow, Stacy Downs, Linda Knotts, Joni Bragg, Lisa Bennett,  Barb Koenitzer, Patty D'Allesandris, Jackie Wysong, Deb Anderson, Kathy Muhlenkamp, June Green, and Donna Walker. 

BRAVO to June Green, RN, OCN!!!  She works at Dayton Physicians LLC (Hematology/Oncology) and passed the OCN exam in August. 

KUDOS to our WCO-ONS members for their contributions to the book Oncology Nursing Advisor: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Practice (2008).  The textbook provides a quick reference for oncology nursing practice and two of the editors, Joyce Marrs, MS, APRN-BC, AOCNP and Susan Newton, RN, MS, AOCN and several authors were from our own WCO-ONS.  For more information on the book go to http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookdescription.cws_home/714415/description 

The new second edition of Palliative Practices From A to Z for the Bedside Clinician contains useful listings for the care of patients with life-limiting malignancy. The book addresses symptom managment topics in an outline form and provides up to date evidenced based interventions. KUDOS to the six of the thirty-four authors who are WCO-ONS members: Uthona Green on Urinary Elimination  LaDonna Hinkle, RN, MSN, OCN on Mucositis &Xerostomia  Joyce Marrs, MS, APRN-BC, AOCNP on Anemia  Mary Murphy, RN, MS, AOCN, CHPN on Pruitis, Urinary Elimination & Xerostomia  Kim Pickett on Insomnia  Doreen White on Skin Lesions

CONGRATULATIONS to Barbara Paxson, RN for winning a 2008 Excellence in Nursing Award at The James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University Medical Center!

MILESTONES: CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Murphy, RN, MS, AOCN, CHPN who celebrated her 25th year with ONS!

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Murphy, RN, MS, AOCN, CHPN for winning the Wright State Outstanding Alumni Of College Health and Nursing Award of 2007! 

The WCO-ONS chapter are the winners of the 2005 ONS Chapter Excellence Award.

Chapter Virtual Community Change

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