Nursing Group Names Moffitt Cancer Center Employer of the Year

February 19, 2008

Tampa, FL– The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation has honored Moffitt Cancer Center as one of the best places to work for oncology nurses.

The ONCC employer recognition award is presented annually to an organization that has provided support and recognition of oncology nursing certification to its nursing staff.

ONCC has named Moffitt Cancer Center 2008 Employer of the Year. This is Moffitt’s first time receiving the award, winning among 14 nominations nationally.

“The dedication and professionalism of our nurses has made this an easy award for us to attain,” said Theresa Papa-Rodriguez, patient care manager and chair of Moffitt’s nursing recruitment & retention committee.

The qualifications for the ONCC employer recognition award include the following: certification credentials mentioned in job descriptions, financial support provided for examinations, organization-wide acknowledgment of achievements, salary recognition and paid time off for ONCC Board participation and committee work.

Moffitt offers financial support to nurses who choose to pursue certification. After completion, Moffitt recognizes its nurses through a nurses’ week reception and credentials inscribed on name badges and business cards.

            “I personally believe that Moffitt has always been an employer of choice. I am thrilled that we have finally received this recognition,” said Sheila Ferrall, an oncology clinical specialist at Moffitt. Moffitt nurses will receive an award plaque at the ONCC Recognition Breakfast at the Oncology Nurse Society Annual Congress in Philadelphia in May.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research InstituteLocated in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center ( is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer, as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.