Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN was awarded the LILLIAN SHOLTIS BRUNNER AWARD for Innovative Practice in Nursing. This award is given for impact on the nursing profession, health care delivery systems, communities, and clients. Dr. Jacobs' award was conferred based on her career achievements.
Dr. Jacobs developed and directs the first Adult Cancer Survivorship Program in the country focusing the effort on clinical practice, research, and education. Nationally recognized as a leader in the field, she consults and is sought after to speak at Cancer Centers around the country including a recent Comprehensive Cancer Center director's retreat, and the American Association of Cancer Institutes and the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meetings. Dr. Jacobs participated in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) initiative that resulted in the seminal publication From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor and spoke at the IOM workshop, "Ensuring quality Cancer Care through the Oncology Workforce." At this workshop there was considerable discussion regarding the role of nursing in the care of cancer survivors, recognizing that nurses are best positioned to lead this effort. At the Abramson Cancer Center Dr. Jacobs recently launched initiatives focused on providing survivorship care to all cancer patients through nurse practitioner staffed long term survivorship clinics and through integrating survivorship care into the oncology practices. The goal at the Abramson Cancer Center is to include survivorship care in the continuum of cancer care. Since education of patients and providers is critical to this effort, the Cancer Center recently began to offer the option of a survivorship track at the patient disease specific conferences. This track is facilitated by Dr. Jacobs and staffed primarily by oncology nurse practitioners. She was also the lead author on a manuscript solicited by and published in CA - A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (November - December 2009), entitled "Adult Cancer Survivorship: Evolution, Research and Planning Care". This journal has a high impact score and it is a credit to the nursing profession to have her lead the development of this important article.
The Lillian S. Brunner Award will be awarded on May 13, 2011 at Claire M. Fagin Hall.