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Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award

Recipients attending the ONS Congress® will be invited to meet with Connie Henke Yarbro and will be presented with this award at the Oncology Nursing Foundation reception or other programs. 

Important Dates: 

Applications Open: October 15, 2023
Application Due:  February 14, 2024
Applicants notified via email by: March 2024

Note: An individual cannot receive this award more than one time.

Award: Recipient receives special recognition through a range of Oncology Nursing Foundation platforms, press recognition through Oncology Nursing Foundation, including, but not limited to, a feature in the Oncology Nursing Foundation newsletter, a feature on the Oncology Nursing Foundation website, and a press release sent to a list of colleagues and workplace provided by the winner. 

Purpose: To recognize and support excellence in the mentorship of oncology nurses.

Nomination: A nominator must submit the application to recognize the nominee/mentor. Nominees may be an oncology nurse (ONS member or non-member) or ONS Chapter that meets the qualifications outlined below.

To be eligible for the award, the nominee must:

  1. Be a registered nurse with at least two years of experience in oncology nursing or a Chapter established for at least two years.
  2. Have provided mentoring outside what is expected within work or employment responsibilities
  3. Demonstrate excellence in the mentorship of others in the practice of oncology nursing in the academic, clinical, or research setting.

The primary selection focus is the nominee’s contribution to mentoring oncology nurses outside their work-related responsibilities.

Support Letters: The nominator must provide at least 2 letters in support of the nominee that describes:

  • How the nominee has participated in mentoring relationships.  Be sure to include those qualities that distinguish the nominee.
  • The types of mentoring in which the nominee has participated (academic, clinical, research)
  • The outcomes of the relationship between the nominee and those mentored  
  • If the mentored individual works with the nominee, the letter must clearly describe how this mentoring went beyond what would be expected in an employment role.

 Points to Consider:

  • Do not wait until the last day to start an application as a quality and competitive application will take time to complete.
  • We suggest that you use your time wisely by getting a head start and collecting any additional required items such as the name and email address of someone writing your letter of recommendation before you begin.
  • Your essay responses should be of good quality, in terms of grammar, punctuation, syntax, conciseness, and ability to answer the question. Ensure you submit a detailed response and use the word count to your advantage. 
  • To strengthen your application, use free online tools such as Grammarly and have someone read over your application to ensure accurate spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

How To Apply:

  • Applications are currently closed; sign up for updates on the next award cycle.
  • Email grants@onfgivesback.orgwith any questions. 
  • All questions must be submitted to the Foundation prior to 4:30 pm Eastern Time on the day of the application due date in order to receive a response prior to the deadline.
  • No late applications will be accepted, and all applications must be submitted through the application platform.


2023 Award Recipient

Donna L. Berry, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN

Professor, University of Washington, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

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Past Award Winners

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy 2022 Judith Payne 2010
Erica Fischer-Cartlidge 2021 Jane Armer 2009
Mei Fu 2020 Joan Haase 2008
Jeannine Brant 2019 Jean Brown 2007
Susan Mazanec 2018 Susie Maloney-Newton 2006
Mary Elizabeth Davis 2017 Marilyn Haas 2005
Laura Benson 2016 Judi Johnson 2004
Pamela Ginex 2015 Christine Gatlin 2003
Nancy Houlihan 2014 Brenda Shelton 2002
Phyllis Kaldor 2013 Patricia Buchsel 2001
Bertie Fields 2012 Shirley Gullo 2000
Karen Moore 2011 Kevin Sowers 1999