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Three M. D. Anderson Nurses Honored at Annual Oncology Nursing Society Meeting

Three nurses from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will be honored by oncology nursing's most prestigious organization this week at its annual meeting.

M. D. Anderson News Release 05/01/09

Three nurses from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will be honored by oncology nursing's most prestigious organization this week at its annual meeting.

The Oncology Nursing Society, an international organization of more than 37,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, will recognize Terri Armstrong, RN, PhD, ANP-BC; Mary Hughes, MS, RN, CNS; and Tiffany Richards, MS, RN, ANP-BC for their many outstanding contributions to clinical nurse practice.

"M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is very proud to have these three great professionals in its community of exceptional nurses, and to share them with thousands of our colleagues at the Congress," said Barbara Summers, PhD, RN, vice president of nursing practice and chief nursing officer at M. D. Anderson.

Armstrong, who is associate professor in the Department of Integrative Nursing Care at The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Neuro-Oncology at M. D. Anderson, will present the ONS Clinical Lectureship. She will detail new research and innovations in the treatment of primary brain tumors.

Armstrong, who joined M. D. Anderson in 2000, received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Akron University in Ohio, her master of science and postmaster's nurse practitioner degree from Ohio State University and her PhD from The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing.

Hughes, a clinical nurse specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at M. D. Anderson since 1990, will deliver the ONS Foundation Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lecture. The prestigious award, established by public relations industry giant Porter-Novelli in memory of a former employee, is dedicated to raising awareness of the psychosocial aspects of cancer and is presented by a professional in the field of psychosocial oncology, cancer care, research or education.

A frequent lecturer about sexuality and quality of life issues of cancer patients, Hughes received her bachelor and master of science degrees from Texas Woman's University. She is on the clinical faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center and Texas Woman's University. In addition to her work at M. D. Anderson, Hughes works with cancer patients at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital, one of the largest county hospitals in the nation where M. D. Anderson supervises the oncology program. Hughes is a past president of the Houston chapter of ONS.

Richards, who has been an adult nurse practitioner in the lymphoma and myeloma clinic since 2004, will receive the ONS Excellence in Patient/Public Education Award. Currently working on her PhD, Richards has a particular interest not only in oncology, but violence against women. She co-facilitates the multiple myeloma support group at M. D. Anderson and serves on the ONS Myeloma Focus Group and International Myeloma Foundation Nurse Leadership Board.

Richards earned her bachelor and masters of science degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is home to approximately 2,700 professional nurses and one of the largest concentrations of RNs in the nation. M. D. Anderson nurses provide care at the bedside as well as in clinics and services such as translational research, radiation oncology, infusion therapy, education and diagnostic imaging. M. D. Anderson is located on the campus of the Texas Medical Center and is one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention.05/01/09


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