Peggy Burhenn, MS, RN, CNS, AOCNS, has received the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse of the Year Award from the Greater Los Angeles Oncology Nursing Society. The award honors innovative work and excellence in clinical care, according to a news release.Peggy Burhenn, RN
Burhenn is a professional practice leader in geriatric oncology in the department of clinical practice and professional education at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. She focuses on the needs of older adults with cancer, researching better treatments and teaching other clinicians the best approach to caring for this population.
She said her work with older patients began early in her career, sparked partly by her parents’ experience with aging.
“Overall, nursing is primarily focused on older adults because they tend to need more healthcare,” Burhenn said in the release. “When I watched my parents age, I think it really clicked for me. This population needs special care, and most healthcare professionals are not directly addressing the special needs of the older adult.”
The award adds to accolades and achievements that include the Margo McCaffery Excellence in Pain Management Award and leadership roles on the National Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Older Adult Oncology Expert Panel and the International Society for Geriatric Oncology.