Volunteer

There are endless ways you can use your oncology nursing skills to improve patient care, support fellow nurses, build your leadership skills, and most importantly, transform the way the world cares for cancer.

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Volunteer Through ONS

As a membership organization, we become stronger every time a member chooses to get involved.

Click on the links below to see what’s a good match for your skills and interests. Then fill out our volunteer application and select the opportunities you'd like to be considered for as openings occur. If you don't have an ONS account, you can create one in order to access the application. ONS also periodically sends out calls for volunteers based on relevant expertise. To receive these emails, please update your ONS account with your demographic information, work experience, and areas of interest.

Abstract Reviewer

Volunteers in this role should be experienced nurses with an understanding of the research process. Reviewers rate abstract submissions objectively according to defined criteria.

Time Commitment

  • Depending on the number of abstracts to be reviewed, the time commitment is approximately 2–3 hours. Reviews are conducted annually for 3–4 weeks in late October to early November. Additional late-breaking research abstracts are reviewed in January.

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

CJON Editorial Board

Prior publishing experience is required for this Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing volunteer opportunity. The editorial board conveys information related to practice, technology, education, and leadership; disseminates oncology nursing research and evidence-based practice to enhance transdisciplinary quality cancer care; and stimulates discussion of critical issues relevant to oncology nursing. Recognizing the value of nursing literature, members collaborate with editorial boards of other journals and indexes to increase the quality and accessibility of nursing literature.

Time Commitment

  • Three-year term with the option to sign on for one additional year
  • Six columns per year that the editor will write or commission
  • Availability for one or two conference calls per year and a brief orientation/introductory period

Travel

  • Volunteers will travel to an annual meeting at the ONS national office in Pittsburgh, PA.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

CJON Review Board

Previous publishing or peer review experience is desirable, but not mandatory, for this Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing volunteer opportunity.

Time Commitment

  • Reviewers will watch a 30-minute orientation video and will be asked to review as many as three manuscripts per year.

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Congress Planning Team

The Congress content planning team is responsible for identifying and working with conference speakers on assigned session topics from the conference agenda. Volunteers in this role are expected to plan, implement, and evaluate educational offerings that address current practice issues identified by ONS and the needs of the target audience. Applications are reviewed by the Congress team leader, and telephone interviews are conducted for selection.

Time Commitment

Participants spend one year on the team, with the opportunity to reapply for a second year. There is also the potential to serve as team leader in your second or third year. The time commitment includes

  • Monthly conference calls of a 90-minute duration
  • 10–20 hours working with speakers prior to the conference 
  • Handling on-site conference logistics for the entirety of Congress
  • Monitoring Congress sessions

Travel

  • There are up to two potential in-person meetings at the ONS national office in Pittsburgh, PA, which is determined by ONS staff and the planning team leader. Participants also spend 5–6 days at the conference, whose annual location varies throughout the United States.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

International Advisory Panel

This volunteer opportunity requires broad oncology clinical knowledge. The volunteer should have a knowledge of healthcare practice, resources, and nursing—especially oncology nursing—in various regions of the world.

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 5 hours per quarter

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

ONCC Editorial Board

ONCC certification is required for this volunteer position. A phone interview may be requested.

Time Commitment

  • Quarterly conference calls of approximately 1 hour
  • Approximately four hours of writing time per quarter
  • 1–2 additional phone calls per quarter may be required to interview individuals for articles.

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

ONCC Item Writing Workshop

The volunteer candidate is required to be certified in the item writing workshop's credential. ONCC will assess whether the candidate has prior item writing experience and expertise in the content area.

Time Commitment

  • 1–3 virtual meetings
  • 3-day weekend meeting
  • 8–10 hours to complete item writing assignment with mentor assistance

Travel

  • Travel to the ONCC national office for a 3-day in-person weekend meeting

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

ONCC Nominating Committee

ONCC certification and leadership experience are required for this position.

Time Commitment

  • Time to review nominations may vary depending on number received.
  • Approximately 4 conference calls of 1–2 hours, typically between July and December
  • Several hours needed monthly during September–December

Travel

  • A one-day in-person meeting may be required.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

ONF Editorial Board

Prior publishing experience is required for this Oncology Nursing Forum volunteer opportunity. The editorial board conveys information related to practice, technology, education, and leadership; disseminates oncology nursing research and evidence-based practice to enhance transdisciplinary quality cancer care; and stimulates discussion of critical issues relevant to oncology nursing. Recognizing the value of nursing literature, members collaborate with editorial boards of other journals and indexes to increase the quality and accessibility of nursing literature.

Time Commitment

  • Three-year term with the option to sign on for one additional year
  • Six columns per year that the editor will write or commission
  • Availability for one or two conference calls per year and a brief orientation/introductory period

Travel

  • Volunteers will travel to an annual meeting at the ONS national office in Pittsburgh, PA.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

ONF Review Board

Prior publishing or peer review experience is desirable, but not mandatory, for this Oncology Nursing Forum volunteer opportunity. The volunteer should have the ability to meet deadlines and provide constructive, concise, and clearly articulated critiques. The review process is completely electronic, so potential reviewers must be familiar with accessing materials online and have a personal email account that can be checked daily.

Time Commitment

  • Reviewers will watch a 30-minute orientation video and will be asked to review as many as three manuscripts per year.

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Online Course Faculty or Contributor

This volunteer opportunity requires expertise and experience in the course's subject matter.

Time Commitment

  • Varies by project

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

ONS Voice Guest Writer

If you'd like to share your oncology nursing expertise with others, consider becoming a guest contributor for ONS Voice. Visit ONS Voice to read the work of our dedicated contributors.

Time Commitment

  • Writers are responsible for proposing an article topic and writing a short (600 words) article or series on the topic.

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Oncology Nursing Foundation Award, Grant, and Scholarship Reviewer

This volunteer position reviews applications for Oncology Nursing Foundation research grants, dissertations, academic scholarships, conference scholarships, and career development awards. Areas of expertise are determined based on some of the following criteria.

  • Academic scholarships are reviewed by a nurse with the same level degree or higher (BSN, MSN, DNP, DNSc, or PhD).
  • Career development awards and project funding grants are reviewed by nurses based on their work settings and/or function areas, e.g., bone marrow transplant, hospice, school of nursing, administration, education, patient care, research.
  • Research grants are reviewed by PhD-prepared nurse scientists based on their field of study, areas of expertise, experience with NIH study section, and previous funding from federal or non-federal grants.

Time Commitment

  • Minimal. Reviewers are asked to commit to serve on a review team for a 2–3 year period. Time spent reviewing applications varies based on application. The estimated time commitment is 30 minutes–30 hours over a 2–4 week period of time annually. Research grant reviews are on the higher end of this time spectrum. 

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Policy Advocate

ONS members are often asked to testify before government agencies. Decisionmakers seek insight and experience from healthcare professionals like oncology nurses, and those with expertise within a specialty may be asked to represent ONS.

Time Commitment

  • Volunteers will be asked to receive Capitol Connection, ONS's monthly advocacy and policy e-newsletter, as well as other action alerts. Time commitment varies by the member's interest in advancing issues for ONS at the local, state, and federal level.

Travel

  • No formal travel is required, although opportunities to testify in Washington, D.C. may arise.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) Resources

Volunteers for this Putting Evidence Into Practice opportunity should have expertise related to the PEP topic for which they are applying. Experience in research summary and appraisal is preferred.

Time Commitment

  • Varies by topic and by the number of new articles obtained and assigned to contributors. The estimated commitment is between 8–20 hours every six months for writing and reviewing evidence summaries and PEP team web meetings.

Travel

  • None. Work is completed independently through conference calls held approximately every 4–6 months.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Quality Initiatives

The volunteer will work in quality improvement at a practice site and should have experience with quality measures and reporting. He or she should have an interest in developing resources and strategies for oncology nurses to implement evidence-based practice, helping them to measure change in the quality of care for patients with cancer and their caregivers.

Time Commitment

  • Varies depending on the quality-related project, which changes from year to year. A typical time commitment involves monthly one-hour conference calls for 6–8 months.

Travel

  • An in-person, two-day meeting at the ONS national office in Pittsburgh, PA, may be required.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

 


Research Advisory Panel, Scientific and Research Advocacy Subgroup

Volunteers for this opportunity must have a PhD and experience conducting and receiving funding for oncology nursing research.

Time Commitment

  • One-hour conference calls 3–4 times per year
  • Occasional independent work to prepare background information for the rest of the panel (rarely required)

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Research Advisory Panel, Quality and Evidence-Based Practice Subgroup

Volunteers for this opportunity should have an interest and experience in quality and evidence-based practice in the practice setting. The main criteria is interest and experience; any clinical role and educational background will be accepted.

Time Commitment

  • One-hour conference calls 3–4 times per year
  • Occasional independent work to prepare background information for the rest of the panel (rarely required)

Travel

  • None

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Research Survey Development

Occasionally ONS surveys our members to develop our research priorities and determine member support for research aims. Volunteers for this opportunity should have experience in electronic survey development and analysis, question formulation and design, or expertise in the survey topic.

Time Commitment

  • A typical time commitment is between 9 months–1 year if the survey is prepared for publication.

Travel

  • Volunteers may be required to travel to the ONS national office in Pittsburgh, PA, for a two-day meeting where they will design the survey and distribution plan.

Apply

  • Select this opportunity on the ONS volunteer application. Remember, you'll need an ONS profile to log in. If you don't have one yet, you can create one on the volunteer application homepage.

Volunteer in Washington DC

Advocate for your profession, your colleagues, and your patients by letting policymakers see cancer through your eyes.


ONS Capitol Gang

If you live close to Washington DC, you can join the ONS Capitol Gang and volunteer your time and expertise to support health policy efforts. Their activities include

  • Participating in Capitol Hill lobbying days
  • Meeting with members of Congress and their staff
  • Attending federal agency meetings
  • Reviewing and providing input on draft legislation on proposed regulations
  • Representing ONS at press conferences or other public meetings.

To learn more about the ONS Capitol Gang and apply for membership, please contact Alec Stone.

Volunteer Internationally

Meet nurses around the globe and help your international colleagues improve patient care. We’ll provide details on the next ONS delegation’s trip as information becomes available. In the meantime, read the experiences of other ONS members who shared their time and expertise with nurses in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Cuba.

Health Volunteers Oversees

Share your knowledge by joining Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). As an ONS partner organization, it focuses on sustainable development in global health. It is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries.