Lawson Receives Oncology Scholarship

Kelly Lawson, RN, breast health navigator at the SOMC Cancer Center, has been named a recipient of the 2007 Institutes of Learning Conference Scholarship for $1,000 from the Oncology Nursing Society.

The scholarship is given to nurses who have demonstrated innovation in responding to challenges within their profession and field of practice. The award will be applied toward registration and travel to and from the Eighth annual IOL Conference in Chicago, Ill. in November.

As Breast Health Navigator at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Lawson is the primary nurse contact for breast cancer patients, helping to bridge the gap between the physical aspects of breast cancer and the immediate needs throughout diagnosis, surgery and treatment. She also is the coordinator of care to underinsured women throughout the community, providing access to free mammograms and services.

A Portsmouth native, Lawson is a graduate of Shawnee State University. She has been a part of the nursing staff at SOMC since 1990 and previously served for five years in Radiation Oncology at the SOMC Cancer Center.