Prof Julia Downing was presented with the Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” award for the international work that she has done to advance the care of patients with cancer. The award ceremony took place on Thursday 23 April at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 40th Annual Conference which took place in Orlando, Florida.
The Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Awards recognise individuals and teams who go the extra mile to impact the lives of patients with cancer, their families, and their communities. The awards are named for Pearl Moore, the first executive director and CEO of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). During her widely respected tenure, she inspired and mentored countless oncology nurses to provide unbeatable care and advocate for patients and their caregivers.
Moore believed passionately that all nurses are leaders. As a result, these awards are intended to recognise emerging local and regional nurse leaders, rather than nurses who already have national recognition.
Professor Downing received the International Award For Contributions to Cancer Care in recognition of the extensive work that she has done in palliative and cancer care since first qualifying as a nurse.
She is an experienced palliative care nurse, educationalist and researcher, with a PhD that evaluated palliative care training in rural Uganda. She has been working within palliative care for 24 years, with fourteen of those working internationally in Uganda, Africa and Eastern Europe. She is an Honorary Professor at Makerere University, Kampala and an International Palliative Care Consultant working with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN). For the past four years she has led an EU funded project to develop palliative care in Serbia.
Prof Downing has extensive experience in research, presenting at conferences and writing for publication, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN). She has been involved in a number of local, national and international research studies, and regularly teaches research skills.
She serves on the Boards of several international NGOs including the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, is on the Board of Hospice in the Weald, and APCA UK. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow with the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, at King’s College London, England. She was the recipient of the IJPN’s Development Award in 2006 and in September of last year also received the Robert Tiffany Nursing Lectureship which honours those within cancer nursing who have made a significant contribution to cancer practice, education, research or management at a national, regional and/or international level.
International Award For Contributions in Cancer Care
This prestigious award recognises a registered nurse or equivalent healthcare worker who has contributed to the improvement of cancer care in a country outside the United States. The candidate must be an RN (or equivalent) who works and resides outside of the United States of America, working in any setting, who has contributed to the improvement of cancer care in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice, research, education, or administration.
The award was given during the opening ceremony of the ONS, along with other awards, including the lifetime achievement award which went to Deborah Meyer.