Nurse Practitioner Kennon H. McCollum, MSN, RN, FNP-C, who works in the Stockbridge office of Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS)—a Top 10 private cancer practice in the U.S.—published an article entitled “Identifying barriers to a successful cancer survivorship program” in the Jan. 26, issue of Oncology Nurse Advisor.
The nationally known publication offers clinical updates and evidence-based guidance to the oncology nurse community online and in print.
In the article, McCollum discusses how the ever larger number of cancer survivors compels nurses and other medical professionals to offer long-term survivorship services that address the physical, emotional, and financial impact of cancer and its treatment.
“The need for oncology nurses to be involved in investigating, identifying, and overcoming the barriers to successful cancer survivorship programs is increasingly evident by the emerging societal awareness of cancer survivorship issues,” McCollum writes.
In addition to explaining the need for and the evolution of supportive care, he outlines the barriers to long-term survivorship programs and offers ways oncology nurses and other health professionals can overcome those barriers.
GCS Chief Operating Officer Dr. Wendy Hawke Lenz praised McCollum for his commitment to the field of oncology nursing. “Kennon is an example of the professionalism and commitment to advancing the field of oncology nursing that is evident among our mid-level practitioners. I’m impressed by his work and honored that he is a part of our team at GCS.”
McCollum holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia State University, a Bachelor of Science with a Double Major in Biology and Microbiology from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia State University. He has a certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the National Oncology Nursing Society, the American Nurses Association, the Georgia Nurses Association, the Metro Atlanta chapter of Oncology Nursing Society, and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing. He has also served as adjunct clinical faculty for both Emory University and DeKalb Community College Schools of Nursing.