Serving Columbus, Ohio and
the surrounding area oncology nurses for more than 30 years.



Lisa Francisco, BSN, RN, OCN - CCONS President 2016-2017

Happy Spring!

This is my first message as your CCONS President and I thought I would share a little about who I am. I live in Marysville with my husband. I have three children; Zach is 25 and married to a wonderful young woman. My daughter Kailynne (23) is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Indiana with a degree in math education. She is currently doing mission work in Houston, TX, and has plans to move to India at the end of September. Riley is my baby girl (21) and is currently home for the summer. She will be a senior at Indiana Wesleyan, majoring in social work.

I have been a nurse since 1987. I have to say that I never really liked being a nurse until I started working with oncology patients in a small community based cancer clinic in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1999. My very first mentor was Willie Stoltzfus.  Willie taught and encouraged me as an oncology nurse. She also strongly suggested that I join CCONS, which I did. I credit so much of my career to Willie.

In those early CCONS days, meetings were held at the Columbus Cancer Clinic. I was in awe of members at those meetings. Jan Sirilla, Jamie Ezekalian, Linda Johnson, Doris Garnett, Lisa Hartkopf-Smith, Elaine Glass, Phyllis Kaldor and Sheryl Stewart are just a few of the faces I remember. I eagerly learned everything I could from Willie and CCONS. Then along came Bertie Ford. Bertie was so encouraging! She invited me to get involved. It never occurred to me that anyone would want me to help or value my input. Since then, I have been involved as Program Co-Chair, DAL, Historian and now President.

I am currently working as an oncology clinical nurse educator with Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals and cover 6 states. The first thing I do every morning is try to remember which city and state I am in. I enjoy meeting nurses and learning about their practices. In addition, I am finishing up my Master's degree in Leadership and Management.

Your CCONS board consists of a very talented group of nurses from the James, Mount Carmel, Fairfield Medical Center, Riverside OhioHealth, Genentech and Amgen. For the first time in a long time, we have nurses wanting to volunteer for positions!! We also have many nurses who work on the following committees: Scholarship, Spring Conference, Community Outreach, Program, Membership and Legislation. For the past two years, we have mentored nurses in Board Intern positions. The Board Interns have been such a pleasure to work with and have participated on the board adding enthusiasm and creativity. I am excited to see what the future brings for them!

We have opportunities for anyone wanting to be involved in a committee. Being active in the CCONS Chapter creates more opportunities than you can imagine. As we take a break for the summer, please add the following events to your calendar: The Membership Committee will be hosting a Paint and Sip on August 12th and the first membership meeting after the summer break will be on September 8th and will be on new drug updates along with a vendor fair. Details will follow on both events.


Upcoming events

Sunday 9/25/16 at 12:30PM EDT
10th Annual Breast Health Fashion Show
CCONS Community Outreach presents it 10th Annual Breast Heal...


Congratulations to Cathy Phillips who has officially retired from the Columbus Cancer Clinic!!

Enjoy retirement Cathy!!

Ilene Comeras Lattimer, Cathy Phillips, Jaci Holland and Bertie Ford enjoying Cathy's retirement party.


Enjoying Spring Conference at Quest Conference Center


Congratulations and thank you to SHIRLEY BLANTON for your 50 years of nursing service!!!


July 2015 ONS Leadership Conference

CCONS' Night at the Museum


CCONS Member Recognition 2010

To view the slideshow that was featured during the 2010 CCONS Member Recognition Celebration, please click on this link: 2010 Recognition. The slide show will open in a separate window. Be patient, it might take some time to load due to the size.


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