ONS Board Announces 2012-2016 Strategic Plan
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
After conducting a thorough scan of the oncology healthcare environment, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) developed a new five-year strategic plan, which will take effect in 2012.
The outgoing ONS Strategic Plan consisted of three pillars: advocacy, knowledge, and partnership. To address changes and evolving needs, the new 2012–2016 ONS Strategic Plan consists of four pillars: leadership, knowledge, quality, and technology. Some of the pillars have changed between the two plans because those areas of focus are now essential components of ONS’s day-to-day work rather than a plan for the future. The new plan also includes ONS’s vision for a desired future.
Every three years the membership and external relationships are randomly assessed to determine how cancer and our organizational needs have changed, what the needs are now for oncology nurses and their patients, and what our visions of the future should be. This information is reviewed, generative discussions occur, and the ONS Board of Directors, with staff input, identifies key issues that need to be addressed. These issues build on strengths while building up opportunities. In addition, ONS members are regularly surveyed for feedback about trends in oncology and nursing. Some of the most prominent trends identified during this process were
- Continued workforce shortages and changes in roles and settings
- Changing demographics of both nurses and consumers
- Economic pressures
- Healthcare reform and changing regulations
- Treatment discoveries and advances in technology.
The new plan outlines ONS’s four goals related to these trends.
- Support members to become leaders and effective cancer care advocates in their workplace, community, and the Society.
- Be seen as the primary source for education for all nurses providing care to people with cancer, regardless of setting.
- Develop, disseminate, and evaluate patient-centered interventions and their contribution to high-quality cancer care.
- Be recognized as a leader in leveraging technology and help nurses to use it to collaborate and learn.
To learn more about ONS’s strategic plan, visit www.ons.org/about.