Each year the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) faces a daunting task: selecting one of its 30,000 members as the best of the best. But this yearís honoree came as no surprise.
Barbara Damron, Ph.D., R.N., received the Distinguished Service Award for 2002. Dr. Damron graduated from the School of Nursing with her masterís degree in 1980 and her career has been nothing short of remarkable ever since.
She currently lives in Santa Fe, N.M., where she is president of Damron Oncology Consulting. In her practice, she counsels cancer patients and provides educational programs, research services, medical-legal counseling and fund-raising consultation.
Although she is a psychologist and nurse by education, Dr. Damron became
an expert fund-raiser while serving as president of the ONS Foundation. "During my tenure, I implemented the Foundationís first capital campaign. We raised
$17 million in 18 months," Dr. Damron said. An astonishing figure, but her patients are truly her greatest reward.
"I feel extremely blessed to be able to do the work that I love. My patients give me so much more than we are able to give them," Dr. Damron said. I have learned deep, abiding lessons about life, love and dying through my many patients, and I feel that working in oncology is a calling and a privilege."
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