Celebrate Oncology Nursing

Everyday oncology nurses make an incredible impact on their patients lives, their profession, and the way the world cares for those living with cancer.

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Nominate Nurses for Awards

Nominate a fellow nurse, researcher, or employer who is making an outstanding contribution to the oncology profession.

Each year, ONS honors 24 members who display a special commitment to their field. Most of these include a cash award, a commemorative plaque, and reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress. Nominations open in mid-February.


Celebrate at Work

  • Buy flowers or cookies for the oncology nursing staff or colleagues.
  • Hold an Oncology Nurse Appreciation Day at your hospital. Invite employees and the general public.
  • Develop an Oncology Nursing Month display to acknowledge cancer nurses in your workplace.
  • Arrange a social gathering with your local ONS chapter and seek donations toward the event from your oncology department and/or hospital administration.

Celebrate in the Community

  • Plan an educational program in your community, such as a free cancer screening.
  • Sponsor a child at a cancer camp.
  • Speak to students about a career in oncology nursing. Remember, full-time students receive a free student membership to ONS! (ONS extends an annual complimentary membership to all pre-licensure students enrolled full-time in a nursing program.)

Spread the Word

  • Follow us @oncologynursing on Twitter and Instagram and tag us in your celebration. We will be featuring your photos throughout the month.
  • Contact your local media and suggest a story on a day-in-the-life of an oncology nurse or highlight a community-service project in which your chapter or organization was involved.
  • Write a letter to the editor on behalf of your chapter or institution.
  • Remember to contact the media whenever your oncology nurses win awards.