The American Academy of Nursing has announced five nurse leaders to receive its highly acclaimed designation of Living Legend, including one Sandestin resident.

Exceptionally accomplished in nursing and health care over the course of their careers, these trailblazers will officially receive the Academy's highest honor at a special ceremony during its policy conference in Washington, D.C. on October 5.

"I am delighted to designate these five eminently deserving individuals as Academy Living Legends for the many excellent contributions they have made to the nursing profession and health care," said Academy President Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "With interests ranging from women's health and community-based nursing to oncology, infectious diseases and quality and safety education, each of them embodies leadership and a steadfast commitment to improving the health of people."

The Academy recognizes a small number of Fellows as Living Legends each year.

To be eligible, the Living Legend must have been an Academy Fellow for at least 15 years and have demonstrated extraordinary, sustained contributions to nursing and health care.

Connie Yarbro, MS, RN, FAAN, is a leader in interdisciplinary cancer care, practice and research.

Yarbro pioneered the role of the oncology nurse at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1972 with the first physician/nrse practitioner model in cancer care. She co-founded the Oncology Nursing Society in 1975 and led the development of practice standards and chemotherapy guidelines. In 1981, she founded the ONS Foundation, which has provided more than $26 million in researching grants and awards.

She has contributed heavily to oncology nursing's knowledge via publications, including Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice, the "bible" of the field. A past board member and president of the international Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, Yarbro has co-led breast cancer training programs for nurses in 20 countries. Yarbro and her husband, John, reside at Sandestin.