Ascension Via Christi’s Lisa Schmidt, RN, recently was recognized by the Wichita, Kansas, area’s Oncology Nursing Society as its 2019 Impact award winner.

Lisa, who was selected to receive the award by a vote by the chapter’s more than 120 registered nurses, received the award at the group’s annual member banquet.

The award is given each year to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the development or improvement of the local chapter over the past year, said Cancer Center of Kansas’s Casey VanWye, RN, the group’s nomination chair and director at large.

“There are just not a lot of people like Lisa,” Casey said. “Her positive attitude and the way she inspires people is contagious. She’s always smiling, always helping others and always reaching out. She is such a cheerleader.”

Lisa, an oncology nurse navigator with Ascension Via Christi's Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment program, has been a member of ONS for 21 of her 29 years in nursing. During that time she has served as the chapter’s president, secretary and program chair.

Several of the members who nominated Lisa noted the positive environment that she created during her recently ended term as board president and her willingness to go above and beyond as a board member and officer.

“Lisa is an amazing nurse. Her efforts to leverage resources so that cancer patients statewide have access to the leading-edge care they need has saved so many lives,” said fellow ONS member Keisha Humphries, who leads Oncology Services at Ascension Via Christi.

“I love ONS and am honored to have been chosen for this award,” said Lisa, who has been with Ascension Via Christi for 20 years. “It is a great organization that allows oncology nurses to learn, network and have fun with their fellow oncology nurses locally, regionally and even nationally.”