Bridget O’Brien Fagan, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, AOCNP
Northwestern University/Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Stephanie J. Smith, RN, MSN, OCN
Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler (Savannah, GA)
This standing committee supports the mission of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN) by being involved in the development of biomarker-driven protocols, supporting accrual, caring for the patients enrolled in the trials, and ensuring that participating sites and personnel comply with the elements of the trials.
The Oncology Nursing Committee leadership structure resembles other ECOG-ACRIN committees. A Core Committee, which consists of a chair, co-chair, task force coordinators, and nurse liaisons, oversees the full Oncology Nursing Committee, open to all. The Core Committee meets monthly via teleconference and in person bi-annually at Group meetings.
Nursing liaisons provide input on nursing practices and lend patient care perspectives to all committees within ECOG-ACRIN. These individuals share representation across nearly 30 committees in the Scientific Programs and Research Support Committees.
The nurse liaisons who serve in the disease-oriented committees in the Therapeutic Studies Program participate in the development of protocols for clinical trials. They also participate in any and all other work that pertains to these committees.
The task forces focus on specific projects that may be beneficial to ECOG-ACRIN. They support the Oncology Nursing Committee goals, the nursing members within ECOG-ACRIN, and the patients on clinical trials. At present, the five task forces and their coordinators are:
Accrual: Deborah Strater and Xin Zhong
Education: Vicki Maurer
Nurse Liaison: Bridget O’Brien Fagan
Outcomes: Bridget O’Brien Fagan
Website: Siby Varughese
This committee offers the following educational sessions at the ECOG-ACRIN group meetings: Pharmacist, Oncology Nurse, Clinical Research Associate/Data Manager Education Symposium and the Nursing Education Symposium. Continuing education units may be available for some sessions. To access materials from past meetings, visit the Training and Education section.
Whether or not nurses are regular or occasional attendees of Group meetings, all are welcome at the Oncology Nursing Committee sessions. The committee recognizes that to accomplish its goals, it is essential for its members to have a strong personal commitment and institutional support. The committee values all nurse’s input, experience, and participation.
There are a variety of opportunities for nurses to contribute individual talents to the Oncology Nursing Committee. Most that do exist require some institutional support for attendance for at least one meeting per year. The time involvement for most activities is minimal. The potential opportunities include activity within any of the task forces, assisting with educational programs, website contributions, assisting with orientation of new members, and assisting with accrual. Anyone with specific disease site interest could consider serving as a nurse liaison. In addition, anyone with nursing research ideas is welcome to develop their ideas within the committee.
The committee keeps its members up-to-date on committee activities via a website user group. Typically, the committee posts updates on the website before and after the semi-annual Group meetings. This benefits all members, particularly if they are unable to attend regularly. To find the Oncology Nursing User Group, click on the Member Login button at the top of this webpage and enter your log-in credentials. If you do not have a password, contact your main institution or call the Operations Office in Boston at 857.504.2900.
Send an email to the committee chairs.