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Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner Program
Our Students and Alumni Achievements

Our current and former students have come to Penn from across the country and across the globe bringing with them a wealth of personal and professional experiences. These intelligent and motivated nurses advanced their careers by obtaining a premier education that only PENN provides. Please take a few minutes to review some of the most recent accomplishments of our students and alumni, and read their comments about the program.

"I Loved the program! I encourage students every chance I get to attend the program."

"I strongly encourage interested graduate students to apply to Penn's oncology NP program. Specific oncology content is essential for success in the field."

"The program is unique in that it is oncology intensive. I truly enjoyed my clinical experiences and the opportunity to observe in a variety of settings. I also enjoyed many of the guest lectures."

Upon graduation our alumni are highly marketable and are employed in a variety of settings that include direct patient care, clinical program coordination, clinical research, education, and industry. Some employers include:

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
Pennsylvania Hospital Cancer Center
Presbyterian Medical Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Cooper Health System
Capital Health System
Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Veterans Administration Hospital
National Cancer Institute
Stanford University Medical Center
Indiana University Cancer Center
Hershey Medical Center
University of California-San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Duke University medical Center
Temple University Hospital
Samaritan Hospice
Walter Reed Medical Center
New York University Hospital
Ohio State University, Arthur G. James Cancer hospital
Greater Philadelphia Cancer and Hematology specialists, PC
Central Jersey Oncology Center, P.A.
Pain Management Centers
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co
Wyeth-Ayerst/Genetics Institute
Siemens Health Services
U.S. Bioscience/Medimmune
Triple I Oncology/MediMedia, USA.

"Excellent program!"

"Assignments were very interesting and even fun!"

"The program was very open to student's input."

Awards and Scholarships

American Cancer Society Graduate Scholarship
Lynne Reilly
Kathleen Boileau
Leslie Brandli
Virginia Martin
Mary Lou Perin
Nancy Lee
Carrie Stricker Tompkins

Oncology Nursing Society Susan Baird Excellence in Clinical Writing
Barbara Reville

Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Pain Management Award
Pamela Kedziera

Oncology Nursing Society Graduate Education Scholarship
Cynthia Davidson
Lynne Reilly
Carrie Tomkins Stricker

Sigma Theta Tau Research Utilization Award
Carrie Tomkins Stricker

"The blending of the CNS and NP roles is a definite plus."

"PENN has excellent, knowledgeable faculty."

"My clinical sites were EXCELLENT!"

Recent Presentations

Oncology Nursing Society 27th Annual Congress, May 2002:
Capt. Carlton G. Brown, RN, MSN, AOCN, "An Oral Mucositis Prevention/Treatment Protocol for Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation: A Research Utilization Project."

Barbara Doyle, MSN, CRNP, "What's Your Level of Evidence? A Matrix Approach to Levels of Evidence and Levels of Practice Change for Evidence-Based Oncology Practice."

Kathleen Duffy, MSN, CRNP, BS, "Cutaneous Manifestations of Malignancy."

Cathy Fortenbaugh, RN, MSN, AOCN, "A Weekly Education Program for Oncology Nurses."

Ellen Giarelli, PhD, CRNP, BC, "Practical Application of the New Genetic Knowledge."

Tammy Rodvelt MSN, CRNP, BC, Susan Hunter, MSN, CRNP, S. Brodish, "Intergration of a Patient and Family Services Program: Meeting Patient Needs Across the Care Continuum."

Carrie Tompkins Stricker, MSN, CRNP, AOCN, "Show Me the Evidence: Using an Evidence-Based Practice Model to Develop and Oncology Oral Care Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)."

D. Kathryn Tierney, RN, MSN, "It is Not Just an Ordinary Transplant Anymore--New Advances in Transplantation for Lymphoma."

Other Presentations
Kathleen Boileau, MSN, RN, AOCN, "Sentinel Node Biopsy." Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, 2001.

Kathleen Boileau, MSN, RN, AOCN, "Introduction to Cancer Biology", "Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Overview", "Overview of Clinical Trials", "Research and Ethics", "Professional Issues in Oncology Nursing practice", Mercy Health System Oncology Certification Course, 2000-2001.

Carolyn Coyle, MSN, CRNP, AOCN, "On the Forefront of Colorectal Cancer: The OncoLink/NCCRA Clinical Trials Resource Center." Twelfth Annual Cancer Patient Education Network Conference, September 2001.

Ellen Giarelli, PhD, CRNP, BC, "Genetic Technology and the Safeguarding of Being: Toward a New Ethic in Genetic Cancer Care." International Society of Nurses in Genetics, October 2001.

Ellen Giarelli, PhD, CRNP, BC, "The Sense and Reference of Surveillance: How Much More Than Watching and Waiting." International Society of Nurses in Genetics, October 2000.

Kathleen Henderson, MSN, CRNP AOCN, "Fertility in Young Adults Following Chemotherapy for High-grade Bone Sarcomas." Connective Tissue Oncology Society, November 2001.

Linda Jacobs, PhD, CRNP, AOCN, BS, "The Individual, the Family and Genetic Testing" and "Participation of First Degree Relatives of Individuals with Colorectal Cancer in Health Maintenance Visits." Eastern Nursing Research Society, April 2001.

Linda Jacobs, PhD, CRNP, AOCN, BS, "Health Beliefs and Intention to Participate in Cancer Screening Activities." International Society of Nurses in Genetics, October 2000.

Esther Lin, MSN, ACNP, AOCN, BC, "Secondary Lymphedema: Risk Factors, Pathophysiology and Management" and "Cancer, Cancer Treatments and the Impact on a Person's Sexuality." Loyola University, January 2002.

Esther Lin, MSN, ACNP, AOCN, BC, "Managing the Mosiac of Complex Cancer Patient Care: Critical Thinking, Evidence-based Practice, Noval approaches." Inova Fairfax Hospital, December 2000.

Donna Neumark, PhD, RN, "Conceptualizing an Ecological Model of Sample Attrition in Panel Studies of People with Cancer" and Patterns and Predictors of Sample Attrition in a Panel Survey of Elderly Cancer Patients and Family Caregivers." 7th Annual Oncology Nursing Research Conference, January 2003.

Carolee Polek, PhD, RN, "A Survey of Sun Protection Measures in Pennsylvania State Licensed Day-care Centers." Beta Xi/Omnicrom Gamma Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau and Delaware Nurses Association Division on Research Joint Conference, March 2001.

Evelyn Robles-Rodriquez, MSN, NPC, AOCN, "Sister Can you Help Me." Breast Cancer Support Network for Better Bone Health, October 2001.

Evelyn Robles-Rodriquez, MSN, NPC, AOCN, "Disconnects in Cancer Care". President's Cancer Panel, May 2001.

Maria Termini, MSN, NPC, AOCN, CHPN, "Principles of Palliative Care." New Jersey SEED Program, May 2001.

Maria Termini, MSN, NPC, AOCN, CHPN, "Ethics Case Consultation: Theoretical Bioethics & Methodology." The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ/NJIT Joint BSN Program, April 2001.

"I found that my peers respected the knowledge I acquired at PENN."

Recent Publications

Calzone, K.A., & Biesecker, B.B. (2002). Genetic testing for cancer predisposition. Cancer Nursing, 25(1), 15-27.

Calzone, K.A. (2002). Core competencies in cancer genetics for advanced practice oncology nurses. Oncology Nursing Forum, 10, 1327-33.

Coyle, C., & Wenhold, V. (2001). Picture this. Painful blistered hands and feet. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 5(5), 230-232.

Porter, D.L., Luger, S.M., Duffy, K.M., Stadtmauer, E.A., Laport, G., Schuster, S.J., Orloff, G., Tsai, D., McDaid, K., Kathakali, A., Leonard, D.G., & Antin, J.H. (2001). Allogeneic cell therapy for patients who relapse after autologous stem cell transplantation. Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation, 7(4), 230-8.

Rummel, M.A., Donnelly, P.J., & Fortenbaugh, C.C. (2001). Clinical evaluation of a positive pressure device to prevent central venous catheter occlusion: Results of a pilot study. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 5(6), 261-5.

Colley, M., Kaiser, L., Abrahm, J., & Giarelli, E. (2001). The silent epidemic: Tobacco and the evolution of lung cancer and its treatments. Cancer Investigation, 19, 739-51.

Giarelli, E., Gholz, R. Haisfield Wolf, M.E., Mitchell, A., & Smith, A. (2001). SNAP-shots of leadership: Scenes from nursing action plans. Oncology Nursing Forum, 28, 883-93.

Giarelli, E., Pasano, R., & McCorkle, R. (2000). Standardized nursing intervention protocol (SNIP): Keeping cancer patients and their family caregivers stable and able. American Journal of Nursing, 100, 26-32.

Giarelli, E., & Jacobs, L.A. (2000). Issues related to the use of genetic material and information. Oncology Nursing Forum, 27, 459-67.

Hollis, G., Recio, A., & Schuchter, L. (2003). Diagnosis and management of high-risk and metastatic melanoma. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, (19), 32-42.

Houldin, A., Hollis, G., & Monturo, C. (2002). Advanced practice program provides culturally sensitive cancer education. Nursing Spectrum, 11, 6.

Hollis, G., & Stivale, D. (2001). Chemotherapy patient education documentation. Oncology Nursing Forum, 28(2), 364.

Jacobs, L.A., & Hobbie, W.L. (2002). Leadership & professional development. The living well after cancer program: An advanced practice model of care. Oncology Nursing Forum, 29(4), 637-8.

Jacobs, L.A. & Giarelli, E. (2001). Jewish culture, health belief systems, and genetic risk for cancer. Nursing Forum, 36(2), 5-13.

Jacobs, L. A., (2000). An analysis of the concept of risk. Cancer Nursing, 23, 12-19.

Lin, E. (Ed.) (2001). Advanced practice in oncology nursing: Case studies. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.

Mock, V., Pickett, M., Ropka, M.E., Lin, E.M., Stewart, K.J., Rhodes, V.A., McDaniel, R., Grimm, P.M., Krumm, S., & McCorkle, R. (2001). Fatigue and quality of life outcomes of exercise during cancer treatment. Cancer Practice: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Cancer Care, 9(3), 119-27.

Martin, V.R. (2000). Ovarian cancer in cancer principles and practice. Yarbro, C.H., Frogge, M.H., Goodman, M. (Eds) 5th edition, Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Martin, V.R., Xistris, D. (2000) Ambulatory care issues in cancer principles and practice. Yarbro, C.H., Frogge, M.H., Goodman, M. (Eds) 5th edition, Boston: Jones and Bartlett.

Martin, V.R. (1999). Managing symptoms associated with ovarian cancer, negotiating optimal ovarian cancer care: A clinician's guide monograph. Bala Cynwyd, PA: Meniscus Educational Institute.

Neumark, D.E., Stommel, M., Given, C.W., & Given, B.A. (2001) Brief report. Research design and subject characteristics predicting nonparticipation in a panel survey of older families with cancer. Nursing Research, 50(6), 363-8.

Grana, G., & Robles-Rodriquez, E. (2000) Breast cancer - does prevention exist? La Salud Hispana, November/December, 6-7.

Sherry, V.W. (2002). Taste alterations among patients with cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 6(2), 73-7, 105-6.

Medoff, E., Houldin, A.D., Stricker, C.T., Anderson, S., & Chertkov L. (2001). Multidisciplinary rounds. Communication challenges in a young man with Hodgkin's disease. Cancer Practice: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Cancer Care, 9(6), 272-6.

Professional Organizations
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Ambulatory Care Nurses
American Cancer Society
American College of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
American Pain Society
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
International Society of Nurses in Genetics
National Council of Hospice Professionals
Oncology Nursing Society
Sigma Theta Tau