Every Nurse Is a Leader

ONS believes that every nurse is a leader. Whether advocating for patients in their institution or advocating for legislation on Capitol Hill, oncology nurses are transforming cancer care. That’s why ONS is committed to providing the resources nurses need to enhance their leadership skills so that they continue to be a strong voice for their patients and their profession.

ONS Leadership Competencies

The ONS Leadership Competencies were developed by ONS members to define the skills needed at the individual, group, and governance levels of leadership. Nurses are leaders in their personal and professional lives, and these extensive competencies will help them to identify areas for growth across several domains.

Leadership Virtual Community

Visit the Leadership Virtual Community to discover what’s going on in the world of leadership development at ONS and access resources to help you build your leadership skills.

Leadership Development Online Course

The faculty-guided, eight-week, interactive Leadership Development Online Course explores the topics every nurse needs to know to be an effective leader, including

  • Leadership theories
  • Mentorship
  • Understanding self
  • Effective communication, negotiation, and conflict utilization
  • Leading change
  • Advocacy, ethics, and healthcare trends

In addition, students will identify a mentor to work with throughout the course to provide guidance and support on their journey to leadership.

Become a Leader at the Chapter or National Level

If you would like to build your leadership experience, reach out to your local chapter or a special interest group (SIG) about ways to get involved. Chapters and SIGs hold their own elections, and each welcomes and benefits from motivated volunteers. You can also run for national office positions on the Nominating Committee or Board of Directors. Start charting your leadership course today.


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