We take a stand on the healthcare issues that affect oncology nurses. Each of our position statements is spurred by member interest and developed by a diverse, unbiased committee of experts, including the ONS Board of Directors. We don’t seek or accept commercial support for writing, printing, and/or disseminating these positions.
Addresses the provision of comprehensive, affordable, and accessible care to everyone—regardless of age, gender, race, or ethnicity—and especially for at-risk and underserved populationsLearn More
Urges nurses to educate the public, particularly parents and children, about the adverse effects of e-cigarettes and vaping.
Supports the active role that nurses play in reducing tobacco use and protecting all patient populations against its harmful effectsLearn More
This is a joint position statement from Oncology Nursing Society with four other nursing organizations—the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, Asian Oncology Nursing Society, and European Oncology Nursing Society.Learn More
The principles of antineoplastic administration require additional training and specialized knowledge, which apply in the home setting as well as healthcare facilities.Learn More
Outlines expectations for clinicians and institutions in the care of patients experiencing pain from cancer or its treatmentLearn More
This is a joint position statement from the Oncology Nursing Society and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association.Learn More
Differentiates between palliative care and hospice care, defining palliative care as a service provided at the time of diagnosis and continuing through bereavementLearn More
Defines the role of the oncology nurse navigator to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout the cancer continuumLearn More
Outlines best practices for cancer rehabilitation and puts forth that cancer rehabilitation care is a right for all people with cancer.Learn More
Appropriate nurse staffing levels contribute to the delivery of safe quality care and optimal patient outcomes.Learn More
The 2019 American Nurses Association Principles for Nurse Staffing, Third Edition, identifies major elements needed to achieve appropriate nurse staffing, which enhances the delivery of safe, quality health care.Learn More
The oncology nursing specialty seeks to reduce the risks, incidence, and burden of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection, improving the management of cancer symptoms and side effects throughout the disease trajectory, and leading the coordination of complex care needs.Learn More
Outlines the types of evidence-based content that RNs who are administering chemotherapy and biotherapy should receive, during both introductory and annual competency programsLearn More
Expresses strong support for oncology nursing certification and for the rigorous credentialing offered by the Oncology Nursing Certification CorporationLearn More
People living with advanced illnesses who want to hasten death or avoid prolongation of dying have various options available to them.Learn More
The purpose of this position statement is to provide guidance on ethical decision-making in response to a patient’s request for medical aid in dying. This statement offers assistance with understanding nurses’ ethical obligations in the context of this end-of-life option, which is legal in an increasing number of U.S. jurisdictions.Learn More
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