ONS Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated April 5, 2020

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. It is a respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person, possibly through respiratory droplets or airborne exposure during close contact. People with cancer have been identified as more vulnerable to serious effects from COVID-19 infection and require additional vigilance to prevent exposure to the virus.

COVID-19 is causing concerns for oncology nurses in many facets of practice, including availability and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), telehealth strategies, changes in treatments, staffing concerns, and psychosocial care for people with cancer. ONS is dedicated to providing valuable and up-to-date resources regarding COVID-19 in response to our members’ concerns in practice. Our clinical staff is continually monitoring the latest information

Attention ONS Members: Join our dedicated ONS Community, "COVID-19 Information and Ideas" to share your questions, suggestions, and protocols and collaborate with others in the oncology nursing community during the pandemic.   

COVID-19 Information for Nurses

Below you can find general information around the novel coronavirus, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety information, resources for patient care and support, nursing and professional practice information, and details on ONS's advocacy efforts during the pandemic. 

ONS ASCO Weekly Webinar Series

Join ONS and ASCO every Thursday at 4pm EST for a new Webinar Series: Caring for People with Cancer during COVID-19 Pandemic. Register here for one or more upcoming sessions!

PPE & Safety Regarding COVID-19

ONS Interim Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

ONS Voice articles from the ONS Clinical Staff:

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Resources for Nurses and Professional Practice

ONS Recommendations for Oncology Staff Assignments During the COVID-19 Pandemic - NEW

ONS Voice articles from the ONS Clinical Staff:

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC):

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Information from the World Health Organization (WHO):

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS):

Advocacy and Policy Regarding COVID-19

On March 18, ONS CEO Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, was invited to participate in a meeting with nursing industry leaders at the White House to discuss growing concerns about protecting frontline health workers from the novel coronavirus. Learn more here, and read our ONS Voice article about the meeting. 

Overviews of Policy Changes Enacted for COVID-19: