The objectives of the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program are to:
The Fellowship program typically involves an 8-week Summer Internship at a leading cancer care hospital. The undergraduate student nurse participants--who must be “rising seniors”--are competitively selected by the host Hospital based on a rigorous evaluation of their academic and personal credentials and their interest level in Oncology Nursing. In most cases the host Hospitals restrict applicant eligibility to students from their primary academic partner(s). Most of the participating Hospitals are Magnet-designated, attesting to their demonstrated commitment to nursing excellence.
To enhance the program’s overall academic content, all Fellows are required to take the Oncology Nursing Society’s online Cancer Basics course, the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Undergraduate online course, and to read Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande and The Conversation by Dr. Angelo Volandes to provide them with a foundation in Palliative Care. Several Fellows also received ELNEC (i.e. end-of-life nursing education) training during their Internship. In addition, participating Hospitals are continuing to add additional academic content to their respective programs.
Applications, which are usually handled online, are typically due by January 31st (if not sooner) and the Fellows are selected by early March. At the time of their selection, the Fellows are awarded a complimentary membership in the Oncology Nursing Society (“ONS”). The Fellows typically receive a compensation stipend of approximately $5,000.
Experienced Oncology Nurses serve as preceptors and mentors for the Fellows selected for this program, enriching and personalizing the student’s learning experience. In addition, the Hospital’s nursing education staff plays an active and valuable role in the program, including serving as a resource for the student’s “evidence-based practice” research project.
In 2018, the following hospitals participated in the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program:
See the LINKS section to access information on each of these Hospitals and find information on their respective Fellowship Programs.
In addition, several of the country’s leading Undergraduate Nursing Schools are participating in this program, including:
Looking ahead, in addition to continuously improving our Fellowship Program, the following is a brief summary of other possible future programs under consideration:
Continuing Professional Development of Flynn Fellows
Professional Development of Incumbent Oncology Nurses (at program partner Hospitals):
Visiting Scholars Program:
Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program--Research Track: