WASHINGTON, DC—August 16, 2022—Three Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) members were honored among the highly distinguished nurse leaders inducted into the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN’s) 2022 Class of Fellows. In total, 250 inductees—the largest cohort to date—will be recognized at the Academy’s annual conference, taking place on October 27–29, 2022, in Washington, DC.

ONS congratulates these members for their outstanding contributions to the field of oncology nursing,” ONS Chief Executive Officer Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, said. “Being inducted as an AAN fellow is the highest of honors for nurses.”

AAN represents more than 2,900 nursing leaders and experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia, and fellows are inducted into the Academy for their extraordinary contributions to improve health at both local and global levels. The 2022 fellows were selected based on their contributions to advance the public’s health, competing in a rigorous application process against a record 30% increase in candidates from 2021.

The three ONS members in the 2022 class represent oncology nurses from Puerto Rico, two U.S. states, and a variety of oncology subspecialties:

  • Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCN®—University of South Florida
  • Laurie Connors, DNP, FNP-BC, AGN-BC, AOCNP®, FAANP—Vanderbilt University
  • Sherily Pereira-Morales, PhD, RNA—University of Puerto Rico

AAN also inducted three international oncology nurses who are leaders in their countries, advancing oncology nursing globally, and connected with ONS and many of its members:

  • Yongyi Chen, PhD, RN—Hunan Cancer Hospital, China
  • Raymond Chan, PhD, RN, FACN—Flinders University, Australia
  • Mei Krishnasamy, PhD, MSc, DipN, BA, RGN—Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia

ONS is a professional association that represents 100,000 nurses and is the professional home to more than 35,000 members. ONS is committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at ons.org.