Position Statements

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.

Health Care Policy and Consumer Advocacy

  • Access to Quality Cancer Care

    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 populations

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  • Use of E-Cigarettes and Vaping

    Urges nurses to educate the public, particularly parents and children, about the adverse effects of e-cigarettes and vaping. 

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  • The Impact of Nursing Workforce Issues on Quality Cancer Care

    Highlights the impact of nursing workforce issues on quality cancer care and calls out challenges in the development of the oncology nursing workforce

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  • ISNCC Tobacco Position Statement

    Supports the active role that nurses play in reducing tobacco use and protecting all patient populations against its harmful effects

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Nursing Practice

  • Cancer Pain Management

    Outlines expectations for clinicians and institutions in the care of patients experiencing pain from cancer or its treatment

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  • Ensuring Healthcare Worker Safety When Handling Hazardous Drugs

    This is a joint position statement from the Oncology Nursing Society and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association.

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  • Palliative Care for People With Cancer

    Differentiates between palliative care and hospice care, defining palliative care as a service provided at the time of diagnosis and continuing through bereavement

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  • Role of the Oncology Nurse Navigator Throughout the Cancer Trajectory

    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 continuum

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  • Rehabilitation of People with Cancer

    Outlines best practices for cancer rehabilitation and puts forth that cancer rehabilitation care is a right for all people with cancer.

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Education, Certification, and Role Delineation

  • Education of the Nurse Who Administers and Cares for the Individual Receiving Chemotherapy, Targeted Therapy, and Immunotherapy

    Outlines the types of evidence-based content that RNs who are administering chemotherapy and biotherapy should receive, during both introductory and annual competency programs 

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  • Oncology Certification for Nurses

    Expresses strong support for oncology nursing certification and for the rigorous credentialing offered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation 

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  • ONS’s Perspective on Ambulatory Staffing

    Appropriate nurse staffing levels contribute to the delivery of safe quality care and optimal patient outcomes.

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Ethics and Human Rights

  • Guidelines for the Role of the Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse When Hastened Death is Requested

    People living with advanced illnesses who want to hasten death or avoid prolongation of dying have various options available to them.

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  • The Nurse’s Role When a Patient Requests Medical Aid in Dying

    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.

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Permissions

These position statements may be reprinted without expressed written permission from ONS providing that the original source is credited appropriately. For additional information, contact pubpermissions@ons.org.