Strategic Plan

Considering the potential future and what ONS members need to meet the demands of cancer care in the future, ONS identified 4 key priorities to guide its work over the next three years.  These priorities comprise the 2020–2022 ONS strategic plan and will guide strategies, partnerships, and new capabilities, ways of working, and tools for ONS in the coming years.

  1. Elevate nursing practice in the delivery of quality cancer care.
  2. Stimulate a culture of innovation.
  3. Strengthen the voice of oncology nursing.
  4. Be an effective and efficient organization.

In 2019, we engaged in a future-scenario design-planning process to envision oncology nursing in 2029 and set a context for a three-year strategic plan.

Our strategic planning process involved a thorough and deliberate consideration of the world today and considered various scenarios and potential outcomes in the years ahead. The future of oncology nursing planning team considered likely opportunities and potential challenges. They included:

  • New payment models
  • Where care is provided and who provides it
  • Who is involved in care recommendations
  • Technology’s impact on care
  • Rapid changes in therapies, protocols, and research
  • The need for robust educational programs by nurse leaders
  • Patients advocating for their own care

ONS’s future of oncology nursing planning team also identified the following competencies that nurses would need in these various possible futures:

  • Interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration
  • Treatment decision facilitation
  • Individual health data synthesis
  • Day-to-day clinical care
  • Professional development assessment
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Health data capture and input
  • Virtual care delivery
  • Health system navigation
  • Talent recognition
  • Patient and caregiver education

Read more about the 2020-2022 ONS Strategic Plan in this ONS Voice article from Laura Fennimore, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, ONS President (2018-2020).