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Oncology Nursing Society honors Northwell’s Monter Cancer Center staff

Oncology Nurses Society recognition award
Karen Gleason, RN (left), vice president for cancer services at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute, accepted a recognition award from the Oncology Nurses Society’s Long Island/Queens Chapter president Colleen O’Brien, RN.

2019 Employer Recognition Award given to Monter nurses


Nurses at Northwell Health’s Monter Cancer Center have been recognized by the Long Island/Queens Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) with its 2019 Employer Recognition Award. The honor is given annually to a cancer facility recognized for its outstanding initiatives in promoting professional development and educational opportunities for its oncology nurses.

Approximately 45 nurses from the Monter Cancer Center and the Northwell Health Cancer Institute (nearly half the oncology nursing team) joined their nurse colleagues from other institutions in the region for an evening of celebration, education and networking on March 6 at the 15th Annual Kay O’Brien Memorial awards dinner held at the Stewart Manor Country Club in Garden City, NY.

At the meeting, Karen Gleason, RN, OCN, vice president of cancer services at Northwell’s Cancer Institute, accepted a citation from Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive, which highlighted that the oncology nurses have worked diligently and selflessly on behalf of residents in the community.  Ms. Gleason also received a recognition award from ONS’ Long Island/Queens Chapter president Colleen O’Brien, RN, and Monter nurse for the cancer center’s recent achievement for providing nurse educational opportunities and a high level of nurse engagement. 

Nurse development opportunities

“We are incredibly grateful to be acknowledged the recipient of the 2019 ONS employer recognition award,” Ms. Gleason said. “The award reflects our professionalism and commitment to the entire oncology nursing team at the cancer center. Those include infusion nurses, practice nurses, research nurses and nurse navigators who consistently demonstrate the highest standards of quality care and teamwork to create an extraordinary employee and patient experience.”

With the support of nursing leadership at Northwell Health, Ms. Gleason noted that the Monter Cancer Center is able to provide educational opportunities, mentoring and nurse development to its employees as well as starting an oncology nursing fellowship program. 

“Our nurses have an overwhelming sense of pride in everything they do,” said Ms. Gleason. “We put our patients first, but in order to do that we support our nurses by seeking input and ideas from our team to drive education, innovation and change.”

Ms. Gleason and her colleagues will also receive the national ONS award at the society’s 44th Annual Congress to be held in April in Anaheim, CA.

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