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Format: 04/17/2014
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American Society for Radiation Oncology Honors Allegheny General Nurse

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Linda Meyer, RN, BSN, OCN, a nurse manager with West Penn Allegheny Health System’s (WPAHS) radiation oncology network, is the recipient of the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) 2011 Nurse Excellence Award..

Each year, ASTRO’s Nurse Excellence Award recognizes a nurse and ASTRO member who goes above and beyond the normal standards of nursing practice, promoting excellence in direct patient care and positively portraying the nursing profession. 

“Linda is dedicated to patient service and to both patient and nursing education,” said David S. Parda, MD, Chair of the WPAHS Radiation Oncology Network.

“She has truly been a primary leader and driving force within our program to optimize and advance patient care and has done so with expert level competencies and the values of service and collegiality.”

Meyer will receive the award, a $1,000 grant, on Sunday, October 2, 2011 during ASTRO’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.

Meyer works to continually improve care throughout the WPAHS radiation oncology program through the development of specified care plans and processes for treatment assessment and follow-up and clinical trial accrual. 

Meyer also takes a leading role in implementing electronic medical record processes throughout the radiation oncology network, streamlining operations to benefit the network’s 3,000 patients.

In addition to her daily work, Meyer serves on the board of the Greater Pittsburgh chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and serves as co-chair for the organization’s "Camp Raising Spirits,” an annual weekend getaway for cancer patients and their families.

Meyer earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University and coordinates with Duquesne to provide clinical rotations for second-degree nursing students pursuing their BSN degrees. She lives on the North Side, where she was born and raised.
 
Founded in 1958, ASTRO’s mission is to advance the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research and disseminating research results and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment. Radiation oncologists, radiation oncology nurses, medical physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and biologists comprise ASTRO’s more than 10,000 members, making it the largest radiation oncology organization of its kind. 

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