A nurse practitioner at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, Lake Success, N.Y., was honored March 11 by the Long Island/Queens Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society for mentoring oncology nurses and educating patients.
Candace Schiffer, RN, AOCNP, a hematology/oncology nurse, received the Kay O’Brien Memorial Award for encouraging oncology nurses as they pursue additional certifications.
Schiffer earned advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner certification and encourages others to pursue similar certifications, according to a news release. Nurses should understand the questions asked on certification exams, Schiffer said, rather than focusing solely on getting the right answer.
“Hearing from a nurse, after you know he or she has studied and worked so hard to get their certification, tell you ‘I passed’ is one of the greatest feelings,” Schiffer said in the release. “Getting these additional certifications is important to becoming more specialized and knowledgeable, as well as providing the highest quality patient care.”
Schiffer also works to educate patients about their needs and the services available to them.
The award Schiffer received is named after late Long Island/Queens ONS Chapter member Catherine (Kay) O’Brien, AOCN, and was presented at the Stewart Manor (N.Y.) Country Club.