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February 2014, Volume 18, Number 1



Editorial Board


Meet the CJON Editorial Board


The following oncology nurses comprise the Editorial Board of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) for 2014.  They are involved in clinical care and support the mission of CJON, which is to provide information necessary to care for patients and their families across the cancer continuum and to develop publication skills in oncology nurses. Each associate editor is receptive to working with those interesting in authoring columns. The associate editors welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions for column topics. Contact information can be found at the end of each description.


Journal Editor


Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her program of research focuses on the issues facing cancer survivors and improving cancer care. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors. Deborah is an advanced practice oncology nurse who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has more than 30 years of cancer nursing practice, education, research, and management experience. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Utah, her master of science in nursing from Yale University, her bachelor of science in nursing from Excelsior College, her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Maryland, and her diploma from the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.


Deborah is the editor of CJON and can be reached at CJONEditor@ons.org.


Associate Editors


Carlton G. Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, has been an oncology nurse for more than 25 years. He is a healthcare consultant and owns Zenith Health Care Solutions. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Nursing at New York University in New York. He is the immediate past president of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), as well as past president of the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.


Carlton is the associate editor for the Evidence-Based Practice  column and can be reached at cgenebrown@gmail.com.


Valerie Burger, RN, MA, MS, OCN®, is the assistant vice president of the Cancer Service Line at the Monter Cancer Center for the North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System. This regional role puts Valerie in the community cancer programs affiliated with the health system. Valerie has been an oncology nurse for more than 24 years. She has been an associate editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum and was secretary of the Long Island Queens chapter of ONS. As a trainer for the ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course, Valerie has helped to educate many of the nurses on Long Island. She coauthored the chapter “The Nurse and Documentation” in the book Law for Nurse Leaders: A Comprehensive Reference (Springer, 2011). Valerie holds two master’s degrees from New York University and a postmaster’s certificate in Holistic Nursing from the College of New Rochelle.


Valerie is the associate editor for the Supportive Care column and can be reached at val_burger@yahoo.com.


Ellen R. Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN®, is a nurse case manager in Surgical Oncology in the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, Cancer Center. She received her bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Colorado and her master of science in nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She is an active member of ONS, a past president of her local chapter, and a former editor of the ONS Foundation News.


Ellen is the associate editor for the Oncology Essentials column and can be reached at ecarr@ucsd.edu.


Jennifer C. Ewing, RN, MSN, NP-C, AOCNP®, is an oncology nurse practitioner at Michiana Hematology Oncology in South Bend, IN. She received her bachelor of science in nursing at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame and her master of science in nursing at Ball State University in Muncie, both in Indiana.  Jennifer has been an oncology nurse for more than 17 years. She provides patient care in the inpatient and outpatient settings, holding hospital privileges at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and Elkhart General Hospital. Jennifer was a contributing author and committee member for ONS’s Post-Master’s Foundation in Cancer Care for the Advanced Practice Provider course.  She also has been a test question writer for the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation’s AOCNP® examination.


Jennifer is the associate editor for the Advanced Practice Nursing Issues column and can be reached at jewing@mhopc.com.


Anne H. Gross, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the vice president for Adult Nursing and Clinical Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. She cochairs Dana-Farber’s Nurse Executive Committee on Quality and is a member of the institution’s Quality Leadership Council. She represents oncology nursing as a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality of Care Committee. Anne has worked on quality improvement initiatives as part of several of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Collaboratives and has more recently co-led an interdisciplinary Team Training program in outpatient oncology, resulting in improved quality and safety in the practice environment. Anne also serves ONS as the Massachusetts Health Policy Liaison and is frequently involved in legislative advocacy through her organization’s Patient/Family Legislative Action Network. She received a bachelor of science in nursing from St. Louis University, a master of science in nursing from Boston College, and her doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


Anne is the associate editor for the Quality column and can be reached at anne_gross@dfci.harvard.edu.


Guadalupe R. Palos, RN, LMSW, DrPH, is the manager of clinical protocol administration in the Office of Cancer Survivorship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She has been a member of ONS for more than 20 years and is one of the cofounders of the Transcultural Nursing Special Interest Group. She has served on several ONS committees and task forces regarding cultural diversity and cancer prevention in ethnic and minority populations. Guadalupe is a coauthor of Multicultural Outcomes: Guidelines for Cultural Competence (Oncology Nursing Press, 1999) and several book chapters on palliative care research, including the chapter on cultural competence published in Nursing Management: Principles and Practice (ONS, 2005). She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals on caregiver burden, cancer pain management, and disparities. She serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and was awarded a National Cancer Institute K07 research award (2005–2010) to study the effects of cancer symptoms on minority caregivers.


Guadalupe is the associate editor for the Professional Issues column and can be reached at gpalos@mdanderson.org.