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ONCC names 2014 advanced oncology certified nurse of the year

Monday June 2, 2014
Deborah Boyle, RN
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The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation named Deborah Boyle, RN, MSN, AOCNS, FAAN, as the 2014 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year. Boyle, a clinical nurse specialist for University of California Irvine Health and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, was selected for the award based on her contributions to oncology nursing and oncology nursing service, and her support and promotion of oncology nursing certification, according to a news release.

Boyle's background

She is a nationally and internationally known lecturer and author, promoting oncology nursing practice and recognition. Colleagues describe her in the release as an “enthusiastic and competent practitioner who uses creative approaches to enhance patient care.”

Boyle has been certified by ONCC for 25 years and actively encourages certification among her colleagues. She developed two OCN review courses at UC Irvine to assist nurses with test preparation. When she began her current position in 2011, only two staff members were certified. Now, 10 nurses hold certification from ONCC, with 14 additional nurses pursuing
oncology certification.

Throughout her career, Boyle has served in volunteer leadership positions with the Oncology Nursing Society. She is an active member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was invited to serve as an oncology visiting nurse professor in Australia, Singapore and Ireland.

“Being recognized by one’s peers is the highest of all accolades,” Boyle said in the release. I am humbled to receive this honor and do so in acknowledgment of the tremendous contributions made within cancer care by all oncology advanced practice nurses.”

Boyle is one of more than 35,000 nurses certified as an oncology certified nurse, certified pediatric oncology nurse, advanced oncology certified nurse, advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner, advanced oncology certified clinical nurse specialist, certified breast care nurse, certified pediatric hematology oncology nurse or blood and marrow transplant certified nurse.certification, according to a news release.


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