ONS Lifetime Achievement Award

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Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN

Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, Director of Cancer Survivorship at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been named the recipient of the 2015 Oncology Nursing Society Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes her contributions as an oncology nurse researcher, mentor, and educator, as well as her service to the Oncology Nursing Society and community.

 “It is an honor to receive this award,” said Dr. Mayer, a UNC Lineberger Member and Professor in the UNC School of Nursing Adult and Geriatric Health Division. “As a member of the Oncology Nursing Society since 1975, I have grown professionally along with the organization and have learned as much from my volunteer activities as I have given. It has been a great way to extend my efforts to improve cancer care.”

Dr. Mayer is a charter member of the society. While serving as a Director-at-Large and then as the President of the organization, she was instrumental in developing a strategic planning process that continues today.

Dr. Mayer earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Excelsior College, her master’s of science degree in nursing from Yale University, her nurse practitioner certificate from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and her PhD from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. ■