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A partnership to inspire, attract, and foster oncology nurses

Flynn Fellowship immerses students from top undergraduate nursing schools in applied oncology training
Posted January 14, 2016
Flynn Fellows, Amanda Weaver and Melissa Green with Frederick C. Flynn Jr. Flynn Fellows, Amanda Weaver and Melissa Green with Frederick C. Flynn Jr.

As experienced oncology nurses know, a cancer diagnosis is only the first step on a long and challenging road ahead — for patients and providers alike. That's why a new scholarship that partners the School of Nursing and The Johns Hopkins Hospital is so powerful.

The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program immerses students from top undergraduate nursing schools in applied oncology training. The hospital and School of Nursing will host two students in three semesters' worth of direct mentorship and hands-on participation that will accelerate their ability to hit the ground running when they begin work as full-time oncology nurses.

The fellowship's namesake, Susan Flynn, died of ovarian cancer in 2013 after a three-year battle with the disease. Inspired by the skill and compassion of nurses at the Connecticut hospital where his wife received care, Frederick C. Flynn, Jr. created the fellowship to honor her memory and to help develop the next generation of oncology nurses across the nation.

"By partnering with the country’s leading hospitals and best nursing schools through this program, I believe we can inspire, attract, and foster the development of potential oncology nurses," says Flynn, a retired business executive. "The preceptors in the program play a vital role by taking these aspiring nurses under their wing and acting as mentors."

Amanda Weaver, one of the first two students recently selected at Johns Hopkins for the fellowship changed her course of studies from physical therapy to nursing after a cancer diagnosis. "As a patient, I was inspired by the dedication and expertise of the nurses that cared for me. The Flynn Fellowship will provide me with invaluable tools I can carry into my nursing career," says Weaver.

Fellows receive a $4,500 stipend over their three semesters and guaranteed placement at The Johns Hopkins Hospital during the Transitions Practicum course, which all students take as preparation to shift from classroom to hospital. Faculty members do their best to match all students with a desired specialty, but Flynn Fellows will get a tailor-made experience.

Visit the School of Nursing’s website to learn more about how you can support students like Amanda Weaver.