DETROIT, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clara Beaver, MSN, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC, manager of Patient Care Services in the ambulatory clinics at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Mich., exemplifies the excellence characteristic of the nursing staff at the world-renowned Institute. She has received the prestigious 2016 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year Award and will also receive Michigan's highest honor for nursing at the 28th Annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence®.
"I am extremely pleased to win these two highly-coveted nursing awards," Beaver said. "I am truly dedicated to this profession and it's an honor to be acknowledged for a career that I am passionate about. Nothing is more important to me than the patients I have the privilege to care for at Karmanos. And I am humbled to be recognized by my peers."
Beaver received the AOCN national award in the areas of consultation and research. She also is being recognized for demonstrating a commitment to leadership, quality care, innovation, teamwork and advocacy with OU's nursing award. She was nominated in the advanced practice nursing category.
Pam Laszewski, R.N., clinical leader of Radiation at Karmanos, nominated Beaver for the AOCN award, and she competed against nurses across the country for the award. Morris Magnan, clinical nurse specialist in Ambulatory Care at Karmanos, nominated Beaver for the Nightingale award.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation award recognizes an outstanding advanced oncology certified nurse, advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner, or advanced oncology certified nurse specialist who has made significant contributions to the advanced oncology nursing practice and oncology service and who has supported and promoted the oncology nursing certification.
"Clara brings energy and enthusiasm to her job and is able to deftly transition from manager, to friend, to expert consultant and patient advocate," said Dr. Magnan. "Her strongest attribute is her ability to advocate for safe, compassionate care for oncology patients and to encourage this behavior in others."
Nominees must demonstrate accomplishments in promoting the oncology nursing certification; the oncology nursing service and practice; and clinical practices, education, or research.
Beaver will receive a crystal award and a $1,000 honorarium April 29 at the Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses at the Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress in San Antonio, Texas.
She will receive the Nightingale nursing award at the 28thAnnual Nightingale Awards for Nursing Excellence®. The event is hosted by Oakland University's School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors and will be held on May 5, 2016 at the San Marino Club in Troy.
The Nightingale Awards ceremony is the only event of its kind in the state, and the awards were created to promote nursing's critical role in health care and the array of ways that nurses care for patients.
More than 500 nurses, physicians and administrators, as well as family members and supporters, will attend this year's awards ceremony.
Each of ten winning recipients receives a check for $1,000, a bronze statue of Florence Nightingale and a pin. The eleven runners up each receive a plaque and a pin. Nominees were nominated by their peers and supervisors for their superior service and contributions in one of ten areas of expertise. Winners were selected from more than 100 nominations collected from across Michigan.
Beaver is a resident of Taylor and has been with Karmanos for 10 years.
About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Located in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care, is one of 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Karmanos is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 physicians and researchers on faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. Its long-term partnership with the WSU School of Medicine enhances the collaboration of critical research and academics related to cancer care. Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to www.karmanos.org.