Wendy P. Austin receives national recognition from Oncology Nursing Society
Wendy P. Austin, RN, MS, AOCN, COA, NEA-BC, FACHE is called to provide healing to cancer patients. She chose oncology for her final clinical rotation in nursing school, and oncology has been her passion for the past 38 years. That first exposure to caring for people facing a critical illness started Austin on a journey in which she’s created a remarkable legacy. She’s not only changing the lives of cancer patients and their families, she’s mentoring the next generation of oncology nurses and administrators.
Now, Austin, the senior vice president of operations for City of Hope Orange County, is receiving national recognition for her contributions to cancer nursing management and administration. The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has honored Austin with the 2022 Excellence in Cancer Nursing Management Award. Austin will receive the award at the ONS Congress in April.
Improving the lives of oncology patients has been Austin’s unwavering focus throughout her career. As a nurse, she believed the smallest acts of compassion made the biggest difference, such as the time she helped a patient fulfill a final wish to marry his fiancé. As an executive with extensive experience in leading top academic cancer centers, Austin is helping shape the future of cancer care in Orange County. She oversees the clinical operations of City of Hope’s new comprehensive cancer campus and regional network of advanced cancer care.
“I’m humbled to receive this recognition and to have the opportunity to contribute to the oncology nursing profession,” Austin said. “It’s a profound privilege to walk alongside our patients on their journeys.”
Lennar Foundation Cancer Center, opening in Irvine this year, will provide patients and their families with access to renowned cancer researchers, highly specialized physicians, and groundbreaking treatments close to where they live and work. The comprehensive cancer campus and advanced care network will be a model for the nation – and Austin is leading the way to ensure every aspect is designed around the needs of patients.
Austin’s nurse’s perspective has guided her throughout her distinguished career. With the depth and breadth of her experience, she has become a sought-after authority on the patient journey. Austin shares her professional expertise on many prestigious boards she serves on, including the Healthcare Women’s Business Association and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
“I am passionate about caring for oncology patients with a whole-person approach that is rooted in our legacy and applies to everything we do at City of Hope Orange County,” Austin said. “Every decision I make is influenced by how it will impact our patients and how we can provide them hope.”
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