Pediatric Nursing Award Given to Outstanding Nurses at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Laura Snitzer-Boozer Award Provides Financial Support for Continued Education to Oncology Nurses at the Aflac Cancer Center


ATLANTA (February 2011) – The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently announced that Cara Brown, R.N., M.N., C.P.O.N., and Melissa Schinck, R.N., have been presented with the Laura Snitzer-Boozer Nursing Award.  The award honors nurses who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in pediatric cancer care and provides financial support for continued education in the field of oncology.

 “Each year as the award committee begins its process of asking for nominations, I think back to when I knew and worked with Laura,” said Cara Brown, R.N., M.N., C.P.O.N. “She was an outstanding example of commitment to hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant (BMT) nursing excellence. I am honored to receive this award and appreciate those who nominated me as well as the work of those on the award committee for choosing me this year.”

The award is given in memory of Laura Snitzer-Boozer, an Aflac Cancer Center nurse who died unexpectedly in 1999. After Snitzer-Boozer’s death, many individuals including close friends of the family, donated funds to create the Laura Snitzer-Boozer Nursing Fund for Continued Education.  Brown and Schinck will receive a scholarship to attend a nursing conference of their choice in honor of Laura Snitzer-Boozer’s strong commitment to nursing education.

“I am honored to be recognized for my work, especially when I work with such an amazing and hardworking group,” said Melissa Schinck, R.N.

Also, Erin Connelly, A.P.R.N., C.P.N.P., C.P.O.N., and Cindy Couture are honored with the 2010 Continuing Education Award.  Connelly, who recently earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Emory University and Couture, who is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Grand Canyon University, are recognized for their dedication to the field of nursing. In addition, this year’s award will honor Ellen Olson, R.N., M.S., C.P.N.P., for her upcoming presentation in Hawaii.

About the Award Winners:

Cara Brown, R.N., M.N., C.P.O.N.

As both a resource and registered nurse, Brown has worked at the Aflac Cancer Center for 26 years providing care for hematology, oncology and BMT patients. Brown received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Emory University. Brown currently resides in Buford, GA with her husband, John. Together, they have five children.

Melissa Schinck, R.N.

Serving as a registered nurse, Schinck has provided care at the inpatient unit of the Aflac Cancer Center for three years.  Schinck received her Master of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She currently resides in Roswell, GA.

Erin Connelly, A.P.R.N., C.P.N.P., C.P.O.N.

Erin Connelly served as a registered nurse for more than six years at the Aflac Cancer Center. Currently, she is a brain tumor nurse practitioner. In 2001, Connelly received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Georgia. She than gained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The Johns Hopkins University and recently earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Emory University. Connelly currently resides in north side of Atlanta, GA.

Cindy Couture

Cindy Couture has worked at the Aflac Cancer Center for more than 28 years.  Couture is a bone marrow transplant clinical research nurse. Couture earned her Associate of Science in Nursing at Georgia Perimeter College and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Grand Canyon University. Couture has two sons and resides in Duluth, GA.

Ellen Olson, RN, MS, CPNP

As a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Olson has provided fifteen years of care to patients at the Aflac Cancer Center.  She has represented the Aflac Cancer Center as a national and international delegate through her presentations in the area of pediatric hematology, oncology and BMT.  Olson received her Master of Science from Ohio State University.  Proud mother of three, Olson currently resides in Sandy Springs, GA with her husband and Aflac Cancer Center physician, Thomas Olson, M.D.





For more information:
Brant Rawls
Senior Public Relations Coordinator 
404-785-7577 

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world.

Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving infants to young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 370 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,700 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. Visit www.aflaccancercenter.org or call 404-785-1112 or 888-785-1112 for more information.





Tags: General News, Cancer and Blood Disorders
Published: Tuesday, February 01, 2011