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National Organization Will Honor 3 Cleveland Clinic Nurses During Annual Congress

January 25, 2011

Three Cleveland Clinic nurses will be recognized by the national Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) for their dedication and commitment to oncology nursing and patients with cancer during the 2011 ONS Annual Congress in Boston, MA, on April 28-May 1.

Ruth Fritskey, RN, MSN, AOCN, of Strongsville, an oncology nurse at the Taussig Cancer Institute, will receive the 2011 ONS Excellence in Patient/Public Education Award. The award recognizes and supports excellence in patient/public education. Nominees are oncology nurses who are involved in offering creative public or patient education.

Diana Karius, RN, MS, AOCN, of Chagrin Falls, in Nursing Education, is the recipient of the 2011 ONS Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award. The award is named in memory of Dr. Mary Nowotny, an active ONS member and past chair of the ONS Education Committee and a cancer-education advocate throughout her career. The award recognizes and supports excellence in cancer nursing education.

Barbara Tripp, RN, MS, CNS, AOCN, of Broadview Heights, in the Department of Hematologic Oncology & Blood Disorders, will receive the 2011 ONS Excellence in Medical Oncology Award. The award recognizes and supports excellence of nursing contributions to medical oncology

About Cleveland Clinic Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence
The Zielony Nursing Institute, one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinic, includes more than 11,000 nurses, about 850 of whom are advanced practice nurses. All collaborate to provide high-quality patient care on specialty-based nursing units within inpatient, outpatient and operating room settings at more than a dozen locations in Northeast Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada and Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic hospitals strive for Magnet status (the highest recognition of excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center). Main campus was re-designated in 2008 and Fairview Hospital received its designation in 2009. Visit the Zielony Institute at

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,100 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2012, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2009, there were more than 4.6 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 170,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at

About the Oncology Nurse Society

ONS is a 37,000-member professional organization of registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing. Its mission is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. Visit ONS at

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