Implementation Groups are those that advance and support the various goals of the Nebraska Cancer Plan. Examples of work for the Primary Prevention group could include reducing the rates of people who tan indoors, increasing the number of people who have their homes mitigated for radon, increasing HPV vaccinations, increasing fruit and vegetable intake, and increasing physical activity.
If you'd like to learn more about or join the Primary Prevention group, please email us.
Ruth Van Gerpen MS, RN-BC, APRN-CNS, AOCNS® is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for oncology at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. Ms. Van Gerpen, an RN for 40 years, has over 30 years of experience in oncology and has developed a specialty in pain management.
Ms. Van Gerpen is responsible for professional and consumer education related to cancer, improvement of patient outcomes through implementation of evidence based practice, facilitation of several support groups and providing guidance, information and support to newly diagnosed individuals and their families.
She is active on the local and national levels of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has served as president, program committee chair and newsletter editor for the Southeast Nebraska ONS chapter. Ms. Van Gerpen served as team leader for the 2001 ONS Congress and was elected to the ONS Board of Directors where she served as Director-at-Large from 2002-2005.
Ms. Van Gerpen has presented extensively on numerous topics including pain management, care of the patient with cancer, symptom management, infusion therapy and end-of-life issues.
Autumn Sky Burns strives to make a true impact in the lives of community members every day.
Burns works full-time in public health as the Sarpy County Coordinator for a Community Health Coalition, Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands, at CHI Health Midlands Hospital in Papillion.
She is currently a board member for the Papillion-LaVista TeamMates Mentoring Program; Housing Foundation for Sarpy County; Nebraska Foster Care Review Organization; and past chair of Nebraska Tobacco Disparities Partnership.
Burns received her BEHS in 2008 from University of Nebraska-Omaha; a graduate certificate in Youth Program Management & Evaluation from Great Plains IDEA/UNL in 2010 and a MS from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.