Celebrating Oncology Nursing and Research With Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, ONS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

At this year’s Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Annual Congress in Washington, DC, Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, received the 2024 ONS Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a member’s exception contributions, dedications, and impact in oncology nursing throughout their career.

After returning from ONS, Dr. Barton-Burke sat down with Oncology Data Advisor to share more about how her contributions to the field of oncology nursing, her motivation for sparking research interest in the nursing community, and more, including:

  • Her journey from critical care to oncology and her passion for working with cancer patients and survivors
  • Her groundbreaking work in symptom science and cancer survivorship research, including cancer-related fatigue
  • Balancing patient care and research
  • Her involvement with ONS since the mid-1980s, including her roles in local chapters, on the Board of Directors, and as President from 2014 to 2016
  • Some of the research she is currently leading, including a Fulbright Fellowship to work on research capacity building in Ireland in 2025
  • The humbling and inspiring experience of receiving the ONS Lifetime Achievement Award

About Dr. Barton-Burke

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Director of Nursing Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She has been a member of ONS for more than 30 years and served as President from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Barton-Burke’s research focuses on symptom management, including fatigue and pain; cancer survivorship, particularly for African American women with breast cancer; and socio-cultural aspects of care, including work in Nairobi, Kenya. She has authored or co-authored several award-winning books, including Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook and Cancer Chemotherapy: A Nursing Process Approach, both of which received an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

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