We fund and facilitate summer internships for college nursing students at leading hospitals in the oncology field.
Each summer, approximately 30 college students are selected for our Fellowship program through a rigorous application process. To qualify, applicants must be rising seniors interested in the oncology nursing field. Our interns, fondly known as "Flynn Fellows”, spend 8-10 weeks where they gain extensive clinical knowledge and experience in oncology nursing
Our program goals are to:
Our Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program spans a comprehensive scope of direct clinical and observational learning experiences, including exposure to:
In addition, the program’s academic content includes required reading (Being Mortal, The Conversation, and The Art of Dying Well), taking certain leading online course (ONS’ “Cancer Basics”, ELNEC’s “End-of-Life Communication Skills”), and completing and presenting an “Evidence-based Practice” research project on some aspect of Oncology care.
In the loving memory of his wife Susan Flynn, who died of ovarian cancer in 2013, and out of respect for the wonderful quality of nursing care she received during her illness, her husband Fred created the Susan Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program to help stimulate the career interest and foster the professional development of potential Oncology Nurses. The program, which was modeled after the Carol A. Ghiloni Oncology Nurse Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital which Fred co-sponsors, is available to rising seniors at several leading undergraduate nursing schools. The Fellowship provides aspiring nurses with a comprehensive clinical experience in oncology nursing plus exposure to "best practices" and expert training in compassionate care, including palliative care
In 2014 this Fellowship Program was successfully “piloted” with Greenwich Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Several additional leading cancer care hospitals have since been added as program participants. The total number of student nurse participants has expanded from 13 Fellows in 2014 to over 30 Flynn Fellows planned in 2021, primarily reflecting the addition of a new Pediatric Oncology Nursing Program track with six leading Pediatric Hospitals. A listing of all currently participating hospitals and nursing schools is included on the FELLOWSHIPS page. Over time, the goal is to expand this program nationally.
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The stipend cost of one Summer Intern (“Flynn Fellow”) in this vital "resource development" program ranges between $4,000-$6,000 (depending primarily on program length) and currently averages approximately $5,000. Please consider joining us in supporting this program. Imagine the number of lives we can positively impact together by developing the next generation of much needed Oncology Nurses!
If you are interested in contributing to help support the continuation and future expansion of this highly impactful program, please go to the DONATE Page.