CINJ Celebrates Oncology Nursing Month with Recognition Ceremony and Lecture

Inspirational Nurse Discusses Communication for Improving Patient Satisfaction
May 13, 2011

New Brunswick, N.J.– Applauding the expertise and caring nature of its dedicated nursing team, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) is celebrating these professionals during this Oncology Nursing Month, themed “Nurses Trusted to Care” by the American Nurses Association. CINJ’s annual recognition event culminated this week with the Elizabeth Gibby Osborne Lecture and the Oncology Nursing Excellence Awards, which are scholarships awarded to outstanding nurses at CINJ.  The event aims to acknowledge the CINJ nursing staff for the great strides it makes in caring for, communicating with and educating patients and their families. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

This year’s guest lecturer was Selinza Mitchell, who is an experienced nurse, educator and motivational speaker. She believes that communication, stress management and improving patient satisfaction help to empower nurses in their daily duties. Ms. Mitchell echoed these sentiments in delivering her famous quote, “If you knew you could make a difference, what difference could it make™?”

The lectureship and Nursing Excellence Awards are underwritten in part by the Elizabeth Gibby Osborne Lecture and Scholarship Fund. The fund bearing Osborne’s name was established immediately following her death from cancer in 2004. “Liz”-- as she was affectionately known by the nurses at CINJ who treated her -- was a long-time resident of central New Jersey.  Due to Liz’s strong belief in education, her husband Bill created the fund in an effort to give oncology nurses at CINJ an opportunity to learn more about their profession from experts across the nation.

Event Committee Chair Carla Schaefer, BSN, RN, OCN, CINJ’s adult treatment area nurse manager, notes that support for extended educational opportunities for nurses is key. “It is essential that oncology nurses are given the opportunity to learn from those who have not only vast amounts of knowledge but also experience.  While learning about ways to better communicate with patients is critical, rediscovering the reasons that they decided to enter the healthcare field will remind them that they make a difference every day,” she said.

Along with the lectureship, the other highlight to this year’s celebration was the awarding of the annual Oncology Nursing Excellence Awards. Pam Scott, RN, was selected by her peers as this year’s recipient of the Research Nurse Clinician award, while Yuk (Aggie) Wong, BSN, RN, OCN, MA, captured the Primary Treatment Nurse award.  Also nominated were Sonya Greenwood, RN, OCN, and Joan Quagliata, RN, OCN. All four women were regarded for their collaborative efforts with fellow nurses, doctors and other team members, and were heralded as champions for promoting oncology nursing as a profession.

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey ( is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Health (Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital). Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, and Cooper University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals: CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), Somerset Medical Center, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate


Michele Fisher


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