Who Is Eligible for the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award?
The Lane Adams Quality of Life 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 Quality of Life Award Selection Workgroup reserves this nationwide recognition for those unique caregivers who lead in their areas of expertise and make a significant impact on patients, families and communities.
Eligible nominees include not only those in the healthcare system, but also other individuals who provide direct care, counsel, and/or service to cancer patients and their families.Family members caring for their loved ones with cancer are not eligible to receive the award.
American Cancer Society volunteers are eligible for this award but Society involvement is not essential. Nominators are encouraged to consider whether excellent Society volunteers may be more appropriately recognized through other awards programs.
Society employees are not eligible to receive this award.
The successful nomination will provide specific examples of ways in which the nominee meets each of the following criteria:
■Must provide care, counsel, and/or service to cancer patients and their families;
■Has a demonstrated record of outstanding performance that goes above and beyond the usual roles and responsibilities associated with his or her position;
■Serves as a role model to his or her colleagues; and
■Demonstrates innovative and collaborative approaches to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
The following elaboration on the four criteria illustrates the types of activities and personal performance that may distinguish a Lane Adams Quality of Life Award Winner.
1. Must provide direct care, counsel and/or service to cancer patients and their families:
■Healthcare professionals (MDs, Nurse Practitioners, RNs, Social Workers, Chaplains, technologists)
■Cancer program/service volunteers
2. Has a demonstrated record of outstanding performance that goes above and beyond the usual roles and responsibilities associated with his or her position:
■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 or her colleagues:
■Teaches/trains/educates others either formally or informally
■Recognized by colleagues as consistently demonstrating the highest standards of performance
■Enables others to develop skills or services
4. Demonstrates innovative and collaborative approaches to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families:
■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