Nurse practitioner Joanne Lester was recently announced as the winner of one of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation's Young Investigator Awards.
The NCCN launched this program this past year through the award of five grants to healthcare professionals whose work focuses on oncology. Lester – who works as a research scientist and nurse practitioner at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solve Research Institute – was the only nurse to be awarded one of these five prestigious grants.
Lester's research focuses on survivorship care plans, which are individualized programs designed to help former cancer patients monitor and maintain their health as they move past their recovery period. She is specifically interested on the affect these plans have on survivors of breast cancer and leukemia. As a winner of the NCCN grant, Lester will be given $150,000 over a two-year period to continue her research.
In addition to her work as a nurse practitioner and research scientist, Lester also teaches at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.