In Memoriam: Nancy Kline, former Editor, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

We were sorry to learn of the death last year of Nancy E. Kline, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN February 24, 1959-April 20, 2015. Thank you to Kristin Stegenga, current Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing for letting us know.

The following is excerpted from her tribute published shortly after her death in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing:

“Nancy Kline was a nurse, scientist, editor, teacher, friend, wife, daughter, aunt, mom to her fur-kids, and tireless advocate for children with life-threatening diseases.  In the course of her life, she touched thousands and left an amazing professional legacy ofKline_Nancy advocacy, service, and mentorship that is personified in her books, articles, research, and embodied in each of us.

She became the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing in 1998, serving for 17 years.  Nancy loved being the editor of JOPON.  She was able to engage, encourage, develop and mentor many colleagues during her tenure.  As a researcher, she understood how critical it was to lay a scientific foundation for our practice in order to improve the lives of the children we serve.  She poured herself into ensuring our journal was an elite publication.  Under her leadership, the journal was elevated to an award-winning status and attained an Impact Factor for the first time. Throughout her illness, she continued the work she loved, and completed editing her last JOPON shortly before her death.” (p. 429)

Echtenkamp, D & O’Hanlon-Curry, J. (2015). Nancy E. Kline, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 32(6), 429-431.

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