Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, Takes Office as President of Oncology Nursing Society

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, took office as president of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) at its 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA. She is the Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor in the College of Nursing, University of Missouri–St. Louis, and a research scientist at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as president of the ONS Board of Directors,” said Barton-Burke. “As an organization, we are working to achieve our mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care within a complex and changing healthcare system. It is an exciting time for ONS and the ONS Board of Directors.”

Barton-Burke has been a member of ONS for more than 30 years and served as a director-at-large and president-elect before assuming the presidency. She served on numerous committees within ONS, including the research committee and finance subcommittee. Her contributions to the annual Congress include chairing the 1993 conference and serving on its scholarship and education committees. She served as president of the Boston and St. Louis ONS chapters.

Her cancer interest has been in survivorship. Her clinical expertise is in the areas of fatigue, sexuality, pain management, and symptom management. Her research interests are an outgrowth of her clinical interests, including long-term cancer survivorship and the survivorship of African American women with breast cancer. She is a coauthor of award-winning books, including Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook and Cancer Chemotherapy: A Nursing Process Approach. Both titles earned the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award.

After 21 years of service in the Army Reserve and the Massachusetts Army National Guard, Barton-Burke retired with the rank of colonel. She was the first female colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard.

Barton-Burke is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Among her many recognitions and awards, she is an inaugural faculty and senior faculty member for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships Training Workshop, sponsored by the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Pain Initiative, the Massachusetts Cancer Pain Initiative, and several other cancer nursing organizations. She has received numerous fellowships and most recently was named to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2014–2015 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellowship. Barton-Burke is the chairperson of the AACN Research Leadership Network.

She earned her BSN from William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ, her master’s degree in teaching specialty and oncology nursing from Boston University, and her doctorate in psychosocial nursing from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.