Nursing Professor Dr. Lanell Bellury Presents at National Oncology Nursing Society Congress

Dr. Lanell Bellury

ATLANTA – Dr. Lanell Bellury, associate professor in Mercer University’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, recently presented at the national Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, D.C.

Her presentation, titled “Can Patient Engagement Advance the Oncology Nursing Research Agenda?,” discussed the potential benefit patient stakeholders might add to the research agenda-setting process for ONS.

“In developing our research approach, the cancer survivor partners on our Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) team are uniquely engaged in the research process, which we hope will more effectively build relevant evidence for patient-centered care,” Dr. Bellury said. “With patient engagement, we hope to develop robust research questions, solutions to patient concerns and patient-identified outcomes.”

Dr. Bellury is co-lead of Georgia PCORI’s Patient-Centered Cancer Survivorship Care project, along with Angie Patterson, vice president of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE).

Dr. Bellury received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia, Master of Nursing in adult health oncology from Emory University and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Utah.

She is certified as an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Oncology Certified Nurse and was honored as a 2016 Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leader Scholar.

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund comparative effectiveness research. Georgia CORE and its partners have received funding for Tier I, II and III projects from PCORI to bring together a stateside team of professionals who work together to learn and implement the steps required to seek a well-funded, patient-centered research grant.

ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.

About Georgia CORE

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that connects cancer care providers, leaders, organizations and advocates throughout the state. Led by a board of directors of cancer experts from academic institutions, hospitals and cancer centers, collaboration orchestrated by Georgia CORE improves access to personalized cancer care and support for patients, survivors and caregivers. It created, the only statewide online information center of its kind, where details can be found on oncologists, clinical trials and treatment centers throughout the state.

About the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Founded in 1902 as a school of nursing, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing is the longest established nursing program in Georgia. Over its 115-year history, the College has graduated more than 8,200 nurses. The College remains dedicated to educating the person, fostering the passion and shaping the future of nursing. The College merged with Mercer University in 2001 and offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in nursing. The College of Nursing is one of four academic units within the Mercer Health Sciences Center.