Who Is Eligible for the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award?
The nominee must:
- must provide care, counsel, and/or service to cancer patients and their families.
- have a demonstrated record of outstanding performance that goes above and beyond the usual roles and responsibilities associated with his or her position.
- serve as a role model to his or her colleagues.
- demonstrate innovative and collaborative approaches to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
Eligible nominees include not only those in the healthcare system, but also any individual who provides direct care, counsel, and/or service to cancer patients and their families. The successful nomination will provide specific examples of ways in which the nominee meets each of the above criteria. Some examples are offered below. The Lane Adams award is unique in its focus on caregiving as opposed to accomplishments in academic achievement, research, volunteerism or advocacy. Winners are selected based on their history of caregiving that exceeds expectations for a person in that particular job or role. The Lane Adams Committee reserves this national recognition for those unique caregivers who lead in their areas of expertise and make a significant impact on patients, families and communities. ACS volunteers are eligible for this award but ACS involvement is not essential. Nominators are encouraged to consider whether excellent ACS volunteers may be more appropriately recognized through other ACS awards programs. ACS employees are not eligible to receive this award.
The following elaboration on the four criteria illustrates the types of activities and personal performance that may distinguish a Lane Adams Award Winner.
1. Must provide direct care, counsel and/or service to cancer patients and their families, e.g.,
- healthcare professionals (MDs, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, Social Workers, Chaplains, technologists)
- cancer program/service volunteers
2. Have a demonstrated record of outstanding performance that goes above and beyond the usual roles and responsibilities associated with a “job well done” in his/her position, e.g.,
- performs role/duties in a manner that advances the standard of care for cancer patients/families
- makes a measurable impact on a group of patients or community
- creates/develops services to fill unmet needs
- advocates for individual patients, groups or system changes to improve care
- promotes health care access outside their specific job/role
3. Serve as a role model to his/her colleagues, e.g.,
- teaches/trains/educates others either formally or informally
- is recognized by colleagues as consistently demonstrating the highest standards of performance
- enables others to develop skills or services
4. Demonstrate innovative and collaborative approaches to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families, e.g.,
- uses creative problem-solving skills to eliminate obstacles to care or improve care
- takes initiative to develop solutions to patient care/service problems
- leads team efforts to improve care
- facilitates collaboration between agencies/programs/organizations to improve care