Election Candidate Profiles

Posted on 08. Feb, 2018 by in nominating

2018 PSONS Election

PSONS Elections are now open. This year, we will be Voting for President-Elect and 2 Membership-at-large positions. Elections will be open until February 28, 2018. Results will be announced at PSONS Symposium on March 3, 2018 at Lynnwood Convention Center.

Click the link here to vote.

See detailed candidate profiles below.


Candidate Profile for President Elect:

Dana Scharfenberg, RN, MN, OCN

I graduated from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in 2001 with a BSN.  At that time I was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and continue to be an active member.  In 2009, I graduated from University of Washington, Bothell with a MN focused on education.  Throughout my nursing career, I worked in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, education, and critical care oncology settings.

Prior to becoming a nurse, I served in the United States Air Force as a Bioenvironmentalist.  The Bioenvironmental Engineering department provides occupational workplace safety surveys and tests local water and soil to determine the environmental impact of military base operations (like OSHA and EPA for the military).   In my military role, half of my job was focused on protecting my fellow military members from environmental and workplace hazards.

As a nurse I believe it is important to care well for our patients, I also believe we should care well for each other.  As a result, I actively seek opportunities to support our nursing community.  Over the years I have provided hospital wide in-services, lectured on safe handling of Hazardous Drugs, lectured on the value of mentoring to nurse leaders, and provided input to help write hospital policies.  Shortly after becoming a nurse, I began formally and informally mentoring current and future nurses.  It energizes me to help my fellow colleagues navigate workplace challenges.  For the past 6 years I have volunteered with the Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society (PSONS) and have been the PSONS Education Chair for 5 years.  During my time volunteering with the Education Committee our team has increased attendance per event, doubled the number of volunteers, and doubled the number of monthly educational offerings.

In July 2017, PSONS sponsored me to attend the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chapter Leadership Workshop.  At the workshop I was encouraged by how our chapter exceeds national expectations and has been a consistent creative force in identifying and implementing ways to reach and support oncology nurses.  PSONS created our volunteer organization before ONS created local chapters.  Since the beginning of our chapter’s existence, we have sought ways to foster excellence in oncology nursing, serve vulnerable populations in our community, provide quality education, as well as lead the way through creative approaches in supporting oncology nurses in their careers.

As president of this innovative chapter my goals are to:

  • Continue to collaborate with our board to build on our long history of excellence that each of our committees provide
  • Maintain relevance and identify new approaches to expand our ability to reach chapter members
  • Create a mentorship program to support new and experienced nurses who care for patients in oncology

Thank you for your consideration.

Dana

Candidate Profiles for Member at Large:

Candidate #1: Eileen Galvin, MN, RN, OCN

I’ve dedicated my professional nursing career to oncology since becoming a registered nurse almost 27 years ago.  In 2015 I received my Masters of Nursing from University of Washington.  Throughout my career I’ve worked in various roles; staff nurse in both inpatient and outpatient settings, supervisor, manager, team member of an organizational strategic initiative, and now as an oncology nurse educator for a pharmaceutical company.  One factor in my personal life that has influence my professional development was that in 1996 I was diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer.  That experience taught me many new and valuable life lessons.  One of those was to put first things first.  Now I feel that I am at a place where I have fully engaged in all that life has given me personally and professionally.   The position of Member-at-Large will give me opportunity to work with an amazing professional nursing organization while contributing to the mission of PSONS.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate #2: Rachael Crickman, DNP, ARNP-CNS, AOCNS

With advances in immunotherapy creating a new paradigm in treatment opportunities, I have never felt more hope for the field of oncology – even after my 18 years of work in the field of oncology nursing.

My desire to be a nurse was motivated by my mother, who was also a nurse.  The traits of strength, compassion, kindness, and tenacity that she modeled convinced me that nursing was the right career for me. Even before nursing school I felt pulled towards the field of oncology.  The culture of cancer treatment and the interactions between patients, nurses and providers felt different and meaningful.

After graduating from the University of Washington with my BSN, I worked at the University of Washington Medical Center for 8 years in the inpatient hematology-oncology unit. After obtaining my Master of Nursing degree from the UW School of Nursing, I worked at Virginia Mason Medical Center for 8 years as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist. In 2015, I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and have since been working at Swedish Medical Center as the inpatient Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

I am interested in serving on the Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society Board of Directors as the Member-at-Large. This organization has provided tremendous opportunities for my professional growth. It would be an honor to promote the vision, mission, and strategic plan of PSONS.
Thank you,

Rachael Crickman, DNP, ARNP-CNS, AOCNS

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