Lassiter Recognized At 40th Anniversary Congress

At its 40th Anniversary Congress last month the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) presented the Excellence in Blood and Marrow Transplantation Award to Martha E. Lassiter, RN, MSN, AOCNS, BMTCN, clinical nurse specialist, Duke Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program.

“This is an award for our entire program,” said Lassiter, who lives in Durham. “I’m able to succeed because of the support I’ve been given by the ABMT Program leadership and nursing staff.”

A native of Tiffin, Ohio, Lassiter received her nursing degree from Vincent Hospital of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s degree in Nursing from Duke University.

The Oncology Nursing Society is a professional association of more than 35,000. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information and advocated for patient care. The organization is dedicated to improving quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer. The society and its members work together to reduce risks, incidence and burden of cancer.

Lassiter, who joined Duke in 1983, was one of the first nurses hired in 1985 to Duke's Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Serving in various roles since, Lassiter has been with the program since.

Her award comes on the heels of the ABMT Program’s 30-year anniversary and the celebration of its 5,000th transplant, which is expected to take place by the end of June (see Here By Design).

“I’m proud to have taken part in helping to build a premier BMT program with a great team of professionals,” Lassiter said. “Looking forward, I will continue to encourage certification of our nursing staff, be a role model for other nurses and continue to provide excellent care to our BMT patients, families and caregivers.”

Lassiter is the recipient of the 2009 ONS Foundation Josh Gottheil Memorial BMT Career Development Award and the 2012 The Great 100 Nurses Award from The Great, a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina

For more information on the Oncology Nursing Society and the Excellence in Blood and Marrow Transplantation Award, visit ONS. For more information on Duke’s Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program, visit Duke Medicine.