Georgia Cancer Specialists Nurse Practitioner Wins Writing Award from University of Alabama

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Kennon H. McCollum Receives Donna Packa Excellence in Writing Award

Kennon H. McCollumNurse Practitioner Kennon H. McCollum, MSN, RN, FNP-C, who works in the Stockbridge, Fayetteville, and Atlanta Medical Center offices of Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS)—a Top 10 private cancer practice in the U.S.—will received the prestigious Donna Packa Excellence in Writing Award from the graduate faculty of the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing.

The school will present McCollum with the award during a graduation reception Aug. 3, 2012. 

McCollum, who is pursuing his doctorate in nursing while continuing to work fulltime at GCS, was honored for authoring three papers. The first, published in the Jan. 26 issue of Oncology Nurse Advisor, is on “Identifying Barriers to a Successful Cancer Survivorship Program.” McCollum also authored a chapter on “Latent Effects of Chemotherapy” for the third edition of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Chemotherapy Handbook, set to come out this fall. 

The third paper is on the fear of cancer recurrence and will be in the introduction of McCollum’s Capstone degree paper.

GCS Chief Operating Officer Dr. Wendy Hawke Lenz praised McCollum for his work leading up to the writing award. “Kennon’s drive to succeed and advance his education at this level while working full time is impressive. We are honored that he is a part of our team at GCS.”

The program in which McCollum is enrolled is a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) that is a practice-focused degree to prepare graduates to function at the highest level in specialty practice or to assume leadership positions in health care. Graduates of the DNP program focus on providing care with an emphasis on improving quality and access to underserved and diverse populations.

Oncology Nurse Advisor is a nationally known publication that offers clinical updates and evidence-based guidance to the oncology nurse community online and in print. 

In the article for the journal, 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. 

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.

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