Lisa Watson, Information Specialist at NOEP, explains why our project is closing and what it means for our nurses. Read our FAQs for details.
Today, I am the bearer of sad news. On September 30, 2015, the Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) will shut its doors.
Over the last 28 years we have worked hard to make NOEP what it is today, and I am enormously proud of what we and our partners have achieved together. Ultimately, though, we simply do not have the funding to continue, although we will honor all existing commitments to our partners and funders.
NOEP was created in response to recommendations by the Legislative Task Force on Cancer in Texas to create a Nurse Education Workgroup. One of the Workgroup’s goals was “to detect, diagnose and treat cancer earlier when cure is more likely”. With funding from the Texas Cancer Council (now the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas or CPRIT), NOEP was established as a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Foundation in 1987.
NOEP eventually outgrew its Texas border with its online course offerings and funding from multiple partners such as the LIVESTRONG Foundation. NOEP was recognized by the Institute of Medicine as a national leader in providing continuing nursing oncology education, with over 70,000 registered website users and millions of nurses educated since the program’s inception. That’s aside from the untold number of patients who have benefited as a result of the changes in nursing practice brought about by NOEP’s education.
Despite our success, to-date NOEP has been primarily funded by CPRIT, whose moratorium on NOEP’s $376,087 grant in 2012 caused a delay in awarding funds that is still impacting the project. Our efforts to secure additional government or corporate support have ceased – and the Texas Nurses Association/Foundation Board has elected to phase out the organization. The result, regrettably, is that NOEP will close three months from now.
I want to thank the past and present NOEP team, the wonderful organizations we’re partnered with, the countless nurses who have donated their time as volunteers, our speakers, authors, and program champions – but above all, I want to thank you, the nurses. You have inspired us every day, and made working here a rare privilege for us all.
Many of you will have questions, and hopefully this set of FAQs will address them appropriately.
Finally, if you have any thoughts or memories of NOEP to share, please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for helping to make positive changes in nursing practice.
Lisa Kathleen Watson, MLA