2012 Nurses of the Year


Karina Danner-Koptik, RN, MSN, APN from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, has been a nursing professional for more than 20 years. She is the Advanced Practice Nurse for the STAR (Survivor’s Taking Action & Responsibility) Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant Survivor Program at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

She was nominated by Dr. Morris Kletzel who wrote:

“Karina is one of the most dedicated nurses I have ever worked with. She is not only an advocate for her patients; she does a tremendous job following their lead. She is truly committed to patients with disabilities and has worked very hard to make their lives better. Patients love dealing with her!”

Ms. Danner-Koptik performs annual comprehensive physical and psychosocial evaluations for all Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant survivors, performing comprehensive survivorship screening, coordinating their multi-disciplinary care, and educating them at five years from their diagnosis or two years post transplant.  She is also a leader in multiple local and national research endeavors, and was recently awarded grant funding for her research study, Vocational Screening in STAR Childhood Cancer and Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Survivors.

Ms. Danner-Koptik earned both her BSN and MSN from Loyola University Chicago.  She is a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse and a member of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses, and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplant.  She is an American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team Captain, and enjoys being with her family & friends, singing in her church choir, gardening, spinning.


Joseph D. Tariman, Ph.D., ANP-BC from the Northwestern University Myeloma Program, has been a nursing professional for more than 20 years. He is an advanced practice nurse at the Northwestern University Myeloma Program in Chicago.

He was nominated by two of his patients, one of whom wrote:

“Joseph makes every effort to manage, educate, and friend everyone in his care.  He is a very skilled nurse as exhibited by his ability to do a bone marrow biopsy much faster and with far less pain than any nurse or doctor I have ever had.  He is very knowledgeable and always willing to give his very limited time to his patients at any time of the day. He has gone way above his job description by receiving a Doctoral Degree.  Too bad we can’t call him Dr. Tariman!”

Mr. Tariman edited and co-authored a groundbreaking nursing book on multiple myeloma, published by the Oncology Nursing Society in mid-2010. He has authored or co-authored over 60 published articles, abstracts, monographs, and book chapters on various topics including multiple myeloma. He is a member of several editorial review boards.   In addition, he serves as contributing editor for ONS Connect and is a column writer for Advance for Nurse Practitioners.

Mr. Tariman has years of experience of combined nursing practice, education and research. He received his BSN (cum laude) from University of the Visayas, Master of Arts in Nursing from Cebu Doctor's University in the Philippines, and post-Master's certification in Adult Health at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. In addition, he received this Ph.D. in Nursing Science from University of Washington.

Mr. Tariman is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, the Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society, the Western Institute of Nursing, and the Oncology Nursing Society.