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The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is delighted to share the finalists for the 2020 AONN+ Oncology Navigation Excellence Award! Read the profiles of the finalists and cast your vote by October 14, 2020

Penny Daugherty, RN, MS, ONN-CG

Penny Daugherty, RN, MS, ONN-CG

Penny Daugherty is an Oncology Nurse Navigator at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, and an AONN+ Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair. She served as Clinical Research Director of Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology for 10 years and participated in the National ONS team to create Core Competencies for Clinical Trial Nurses. She has a heart for anyone that navigates or intersects in the navigation domain. She is a champion for navigation education in general as well as wisdom for navigators that work in a subspecialty. She promotes any enhancement to the navigation profession. Penny has interests in complementary medicine and things outside of the medical care that patients find valuable such as integrative modalities, sexual dysfunction, and medicinal cannabis …very patient centered! A founding member of Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia (2009), Co-Chair of the annual CPNG conference since 2015 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the AONN+ Conference Planning Committee, she co-edited the first 2 comprehensive textbooks on Oncology Nurse Navigators - Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum and Oncology Nurse Navigation Case Studies. She is a registered nurse with 40+ years broad-based experience as clinician and Director/Manager with the proven ability to manage personnel and medical teams in support of overall research environment. She is assertive, goal-driven, and able to thrive in a dynamic environment.

Frank dela Rama, RN, MS, AOCNS, AGN-BC

Frank dela Rama, RN, MS, AOCNS, AGN-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Oncology/Genomics & Prostate Cancer Nurse Navigator

Frank dela Rama is the Prostate Cancer Nurse Navigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He began his career in oncology as a registered nurse in radiation oncology there in 2000. Amid expanding the radiation oncology nursing service at PAMF, he established the role as of Oncology Nurse Navigator, primarily working with prostate cancer patients, to make their journey from diagnosis through to treatment as smooth as possible. Frank then completed his master’s degree at the University of California, at San Francisco, to become an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS) in Oncology/Genomics. Soon after graduation, he created the Cancer Genetics program at PAMF, which provides genetic counseling and testing, predominantly for the BRCA1/2 genes (Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer Syndrome), as well as the Lynch Syndrome genes (Hereditary Colorectal Cancer). He continues his work in developing programs and services at PAMF, including Survivorship, Oncology Nurse Navigators, the Prostate Cancer Buddy Program, and studies in Cancer Treatment Decision Making Strategies.

He serves on the Board of Directors for Breast Cancer Connections, a nonprofit organization located in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering free programs and services for those touched by breast cancer and the people who care about them. Frank is on the editorial board for several oncology nursing publications, including our own Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship. He has also written chapters for Oncology Nursing Society publications, geared toward navigators including, Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum (1st ed., 2014), and Oncology Nurse Navigation Case Studies (1st ed., 2017). He is a featured speaker at conferences and events, sharing his passion for quality cancer care, focusing upon prostate cancer and genetics. He is instrumental in the AONN+ BRIDGE project!

Margaret Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, NE-BC, HON-ONN-CG

Margaret Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, NE-BC, HON-ONN-CG

She is currently employed at the Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. Her program specialties are Amyloidosis, Multiple Myeloma, and Oral, Head & Neck Cancers She has practiced in a wide variety of settings as a staff nurse and manager including medical surgical units, medical/surgical oncology, and nursing education. Ms. Rummel received her BSN from Holy Family University and her MHA from Saint Joseph’s University, both in Philadelphia, PA. Margaret Rummel has published such as Case Studies in Oncology Nursing: Text and Review, and co-edited the first comprehensive textbooks on Oncology Nurse Navigators - Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum and Oncology Nurse Navigation Case Studies. She was an Expert Reviewer 2017 Oncology Nurse Navigator Core Competencies. She has presented on various topics at multiple local and national levels. She was an Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators representative at the Biden Cancer Initiative's inaugural Biden Cancer Summit in 2018 and presented at the anchor event in Washington, DC, Community Summits. As the Co-Chair of the AONN+ Conference Planning Committee, she ensures that the conferences provides relevant and high-value agendas and speakers that will enhance and develop the professional growth of attendees. Thanks to her dedication and commitment, the AONN+ Annual Conference will once again be filled with informative sessions and exciting events. She was part of the Oncology Nurse Navigation Team from Abramson Cancer Center that won the 2018 ONS Team Achievement Award. In the coordination of care for a patient at Peg Rummel's institution, the whole team is involved, but Peg, the navigator on staff, oversees that all her patients' barriers are overcome.

The voting period for the 2020 AONN+ Awards will be open through 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Please note that you can only vote once for the AONN+ Oncology Navigation Excellence Award.

The voting period has ended. Please stay tuned for further announcements.

The winner of the AONN+ Oncology Navigation Excellence Award was honored at the Virtual 11th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference. We hope you joined us to celebrate your outstanding oncology navigator!

About the 2020 AONN+ Annual Conference

In light of COVID-19, along with the increased acuity, budgetary constraints, and travel restrictions facing the oncology navigation community, the AONN+ leadership has decided to convert the 11th Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference to a virtual experience. Although times remain uncertain, we are excited to provide you once again with education and networking opportunities in the safety of your homes.

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