Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

2024 Award Recipient

Patricia Shannon RN, BS, OCN®

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Recognizes excellence in clinical practice.

How to Apply


$500 cash prize, scholarship to attend the annual ONS Congress®, an acrylic desktop trophy, feature article in the Leadership column of ONS Voice with photo and nomination details, optional interview for ONS podcast, and $500 towards additional professional development of their choice.

Eligibility Criteria

This award is eligible for self-nominations. The candidate must be an active ONS member. In addition, the candidate:

  • Is a registered professional nurse with an active RN license
  • Is strongly recommended to hold a specialty certification
  • Has at least two years of oncology nursing experience

Application Materials

The following materials are required.

  • Nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Nominee’s personal statement
  • Two letters of support

Scoring Criteria 

The scoring criteria for judging this nomination packet is as follows.

  • Serve as a role model for other nurses
  • Be an expert in the field oncology nursing at the local, regional, and/or national level 
  • Demonstrate a significant contribution to one or more of the following related to oncology nursing: professional/patient education, clinical practice, and/or nursing research
  • Promotes a culture of safety and quality in clinical practice
  • Fosters professional development of self and others

Nomination Deadline Notice


ONS uses an external, vendor-supported online program for all award nomination applications. The application system is set up so that at exactly 5:00pm ET (Eastern Time), September 30, the application site will automatically shut down and be locked. Any applications that are open (not completed) at this time will be terminated and will not be accepted. It is imperative that all open applications be submitted prior to 5:00pm ET, September 30, in order to be accepted into the online system and be eligible for consideration. In order to be fair to all who may nominate individuals for consideration for an ONS award, the September 30, 5:00pm ET deadline cannot be extended without prior authorization from the ONS Board of Directors. If you have any questions regarding the ONS awards nomination process, please call the ONS Awards staff (412) 859-6320, or email: awards@ons.org.

Submit Your Nomination


Visit the awards portal. You will be asked to create an account and confirm your account via email. Once completed, you will be given the option to “Start a New Nomination” and select the desired award from the dropdown menu.

Travel Information 

The recipient will receive travel reimbursement to attend the annual ONS Congress. ONS will reimburse the award recipient for round-trip economy airfare to and from the recipient's home address to the ONS Congress location, provided the recipient makes all travel arrangements through ONS's travel agency. Additionally, one night's lodging will be permitted provided that the recipient makes the hotel arrangements through the ONS meetings department. Meals for a 24-hour period will be reimbursed, along with the reimbursement of certain ground transportation situations and parking, but there are limitations. Please contact awards@ons.org for complete details about the travel reimbursement policy.