Advocacy Webinars and Podcasts

ONS engages oncology nurses throughout the country, connecting them virtually to elected officials, policy leaders, and decision makers via video conferencing, telephone interviews, and podcasts. ONS is strengthening the Health Policy agenda with oncology nurse leaders who represent the important policy and advocacy issues relevant to the practice, peers, and patient community.

Listen to the different conversations on policy and the role of the oncology nurse in healthcare. To engage your local chapter in similar events, please reach out to Alec Stone, ONS Public Affairs Director at or (412) 859-6401.

Upcoming Webinars:

Stay tuned!


Recorded Webinars:

North Carolina ONS Advocacy and Health Policy Event
ONS Advocacy and Health Policy Update
Recorded June 23, 2021

National Institute of Nursing Research Director Shannon Zenk
Diversity in Clinical Trials 
Recorded June 14, 2021

Diana Harshbargar, US Representative (R-TN-1)
Health Policy and the 117th US Congress: ONS As a Trusted Resource
Recorded May 25, 2021

Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senator (D-NY) 
A Discussion on Health Policy with New York State Nurses
Recorded May 24, 2021

A Conversation with ONS President Nancy Houlihan, MA, RN, AOCN®, and Dr. Richard Pazdur, Center Director, Oncology Center of Excellence at the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence and ONS: Partners in Patient-Centered Care
Recorded April 7, 2021

Senator Adelaide Eckardt (R-37)
Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Delegate Kathy Szeliga
Covid and Cancer: The Role of Nurses in Advocacy
Recorded February 2, 2021

Kathleen Rice, US Representative (D-NY-4) 
Cancer, Covid, and the Role of the Oncology Nurse
Recorded December 15, 2020

Haley Stevens, US Representative (MI-11)
Covid and Cancer: The Role of Nurses in Advocacy
Recorded December 2, 2020

Ami Bera, United States Representative (D-CA 7th District)
Cancer, Covid, and the Role of the Oncology Nurse
Recorded October 20, 2020

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, United States Representative (D-23)
Covid and Cancer: The Role of the Oncology Nurse in Healthcare
Recorded October 19, 2020

Celeste Williams, Nurse and Arkansas Congress Nominee
Cancer, Covid, and the Role of the Oncology Nurse
Recorded October 18, 2020

Carol Bush, Director, Impact and Innovation, Susan G. Komen® Kansas and Western Missouri
Lori RanalloRN, MSN, APRN-BC, CBCN, Breast Cancer Survivorship & Prevention Nurse Practitioner, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Spencer Culver, Advocacy SpecialistAlliance for a Healthy Kansas
Alec Stone, MA, MPA, ONS Public Affairs Director
Cancer, Covid, and Coverage in Kansas
Recorded September 23, 2020

Stephen A. Bezruchka, MD, MPH, BSc, Department of Health Services, UW School of Public Health
Arlyce Coumar, MN, RN, OCN, Puget Sound Oncology Nursing Society, Legislative and Health Policy Chair 
Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP, FAAN, Clinical and Scientific Affairs Liaison, Oncology Nursing Society
Alec Stone, MA, MPA, ONS Public Affairs Director
From Washington to Washington: Making the Oncology Nurses Voices Heard with Leaders
Recorded September 12, 2020

Pamela Evette, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Kelly Willenberg, DBA, RN, CHRC, CHC, CCRP, South Carolina Nurse Advocate
Beth Johnson, South Carolina Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.
The Role of the Oncology Nurse in the Care Continuum
Recorded September 3, 2020

Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ 2nd District), US Representative 
Adam Taliaferro, New Jersey State Assemblyman 
Oncology Nurses are Advocates During Covid-19
Recorded August 26, 2020

Lizzie Fletcher (District 7), United States Representative
Stephanie Klick (District 91), Texas State Representative 
Cindy Zolnierek, PhD, RN, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Nurses Association 
A Conversation on the Legislative and Regulatory Environment Relating to COVID-19 and Cancer
Recorded August 19, 2020

State Senator Dale Kooyenga (District 5)
State Representative Robyn Vining (District 14)
Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Nurses Association, Gina Dennik-Champion, MSN, RN, MSHA

A Conversation on the Legislative and Regulatory Environment
Recorded June 30, 2020

Rep. Gale Adcock, RN (D-41)
with North Carolina State Medicaid Director 
Shannon Dowler, MD, FAAFP, CPE

North Carolina Advocacy Update
Recorded June 17, 2020

Rep. Lauren Underwood, RN (IL-14)
Nursing, Cancer, and Healthcare During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Recorded June 3, 2020

Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27)
Discussions on the Role of the Oncology Nurse in the Care Continuum
Recorded May 20, 2020

Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08)
COVID-19 and the Role of the Nurse
Recorded April 28, 2020

Advocacy Podcasts:

NINR Director Discusses Nursing Research Amid COVID-19

U.S. Representative Donna Shalala on How Nurses Advocate for Peers and Patients

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Recognizes Oncology Nursing Month

How Will Nurses Affect Health Policy in 2020?

Nurses Influence Health Policy at ONS’s Capitol Hill Days

Financial Toxicity Legislation

The Youth Vaping Epidemic

Nurses Are Crucial in Local Advocacy Efforts

Advocating for Palliative Care and Hospice Education

Industry Challenges Contribute to Financial Toxicity

How Washington Is Tackling High Prescription Drug Costs

What Oncology Nurses Need to Know About Affordability, Cost of Cancer Care