Enhancing the benefits for ONS chapters was a high priority in 2020, as chapters provide oncology nurses with the chance to connect with their peers at the local level, sharing ideas and engaging in educational activities. Members asked ONS for greater flexibility though. In response, ONS launched the optional chapter membership, allowing members to customize their experience and determine whether they wanted to join a chapter.
Virtual connectivity and access became necessities in 2020, so ONS offered a free conference license to chapters, providing a lifeline for many chapters to meet virtually during the pandemic.
Alignment among the chapters is part of the 2020-2022 ONS Strategic Plan, so ONS took steps in 2020 to emphasize and protect the value of the brand’s logo usage. As a result, ONS released unified chapter logo policies and a design so that all chapters have the same, cohesive brand as ONS.
The ONS Communities continued to provide a dedicated platform for connection among ONS members, where they can ask questions and share ideas and insights. This online platform currently features 25 active communities, including a new COVID-19 community, where nurses can seek advice and assistance related to the pandemic and patient care.