LAKE SUCCESS, NY – A nurse practitioner at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute in Lake Success was recently honored by the Long Island/Queens Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society for her efforts at mentoring oncology nurses and educating patients.
Candace Schiffer, AOCN, a hematology/oncology nurse, received the Kay O’Brien Memorial award for her work in encouraging oncology nurses as they pursue additional certifications. Ms. Schiffer earned an advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner degree and encourages others to pursue similar certifications. Her philosophy is that nurses should understand the questions asked on these certification exams rather than focusing solely on getting the right answer.
“Hearing from a nurse, after you know he or she has studied and worked so hard to get their certification, tell you ‘I passed’ is one of the greatest feelings,” Ms. Schiffer said. “Getting these additional certifications is important to becoming more specialized and knowledgeable as well as providing the highest quality patient care.”
In addition to helping oncology nurses obtain advanced certifications, Ms. Schiffer also works to educate patients about their needs and services available to them.
The Kay O’Brien Memorial award is named after late Long Island/Queens Oncology Nursing Society Chapter member Catherine (Kay) O’Brien, AOCN, and was presented March 11 at the Stewart Manor Country Club.