The Need for More and Better Skilled Oncology Nurses
The Flynn Foundation answers the critical need for more and better skilled Oncology Nurses. Every day, more and more people are being diagnosed with cancer and thanks to medical advances they are living longer. Meanwhile, the nursing workforce is aging, putting a serious strain on the healthcare system, especially Oncology Nurses. Our unique Oncology Nursing Fellowship program addresses a serious workforce gap. In addition, we bring business acumen, extensive experience in collaborative relationship building, and deep personal commitment to our work.
“Thanks to the Flynn Fellowship, I was able to discover and engage in my passion for pediatric oncology. I started out as a Fellow in 2016 and have grown through various positions at CHOP including a clinical nurse, bone marrow transplant nurse, charge nurse and now a clinical nurse expert. I am very grateful for the connections and experience that the Flynn Fellowship provided.”
Flynn Fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Pediatric Oncology Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Real Solutions. Tangible Impact.
Fellowships & Training
Through our unique clinical immersion program, we work with our philanthropic and nursing school partners to create paid fellowships at leading cancer hospitals that give students hands-on clinical experience, mentorship, and a pathway to a successful career in this specialized field By providing hospitals with a “talent pipeline” of highly motivated, compassionate and well prepared Oncology Nurses, we make a difference where it matters most by supporting vulnerable patients with cancer with skilled and compassionate Oncology Nurses. The Flynn Foundation makes a tangible difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families every day.
“The Flynn Fellowship was the catalyst for my oncology nursing career–a strong foundation that continues to influence different aspects of my career and education. This unique opportunity sharpened my clinical skills, improved my confidence, and taught me how to network with others in the oncology community. Seven years later, I still incorporate the “evidence-based practice” and patient education tools that I learned during my fellowship.”
Sarah Woods, Boston College
Flynn Fellow at Dana Farber
Oncology Nurse at Dana Farber
“We are thrilled to partner with Fred Flynn to expand the Susan Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship program across Yale New Haven Health Smilow Cancer Hospital. Since 2014 this important fellowship has helped foster the professional development of the next generation of Oncology Nurses at Greenwich Hospital. The Flynn Fellowship is inspiring and we look forward to continuing this significant work across our health system.”
Director of Patient Services
Smilow Greenwich and Bridgeport Hospitals
“This Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for student nurses to ‘walk the walk’ of oncology nursing.It gives them a window into the impact an Oncology Nurse can have on patients and their family caregivers living with a cancer diagnosis. The fellowship has delivered to the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute some of our finest nurse leaders.”
Dr. Mary Eanniello,
Director of Nursing Education and Professional Development
The Flynn Foundation established and operates the largest privately funded oncology nursing program in the U.S. We bring business acumen, relationship-building experience and deep personal commitment to this work. We work with philanthropic partners and nursing schools to create paid fellowships at leading cancer hospitals. Flynn Fellowships give students hands-on experience, mentorship, and a pathway to a career they love. These clinical immersion programs also provide hospitals with a ready pipeline of high-caliber talent.
“Fairfield University’s Egan School is incredibly honored to have been the first school to participate in the Susan Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship program. Over the past eight years 26 Egan School nursing students have completed this fellowship. All of these students have benefited greatly from their fellowship experience and progressed to incredible nursing careers.”
Meredith Kazer, PhD
Dean of Fairfield University’s Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies
“The Flynn Fellowship truly gave me the chance to fall in love with oncology nursing, providing me with valuable patient care experience and one-on-one shadowing with an experienced oncology nurse. I gained deep insight into the compassion and dedication required to be an oncology nurse and am very excited to begin my career in this field.”
Courtney Chemero, University of Connecticut
Flynn Fellow at Neag Cancer Center, UCONN Health
Oncology Nurse at Greenwich Hospital