Anne M Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP
Clinical Director, Ambulatory Services
City of Hope
ONS member: 28 years
1990, MSN, University of Toronto
1984, BSN, University of New Brunswick
ONS PARTICIPATION (national and local):
2017, President-Elect, Inland Empire ONS Chapter
2013-2016, Director at Large, ONS Board of Directors
2011, Chair, ONS HIT Think Tank 2005-2008, ONS Steering Council
1999, ONS Leadership Development Institute
1997, Founding President of Northern Vermont ONS Chapter
WORK RELATED SKILLS AND LEADERSHIP:
2016-ongoing, Nursing Lead for Implemention of EHR at City of Hope
2013-ongoing, City of Hope, Clinical Director, Ambulatory Services, City of Hope
1998-2013, University of Vermont, Vermont Cancer Center, Nursing Director
1992-1998, Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine, Nurse Manager/Clinical Nurse Specialist 1989-1992, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
1984-1989, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Oncology Staff Nurse
HEALTH CARE/ CANCER ORGANIZATIONS EXPERIENCE, OTHER PROFESSIONALNURSING ORGANIZATIONS /Additional experience (community, political etc.):
2015-ongoing, Member, AAACN
2011-ongoing, Member, AONE
2001-2003, Secretary, Vermont State Nursing Association
1992-93, Vice-President, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology
1990-92, Secretary, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology
Position Statement: During my more than 30 years of oncology nursing experience, I have always been in awe of both the complexity and humanity of the care of people with cancer. I have had the opportunity to work in both Canada and the US in a variety of settings with inpatient and ambulatory care experience in a variety of roles ranging from clinician, practitioner to administrator. I have been involved in the Oncology Nursing Society at both the local and national level in an effort to advance the role of the oncology nurse across the continuum of care. I have sought out leadership roles in my chapters, on ONS Project teams, the Leadership Development Institute and the ONS Board of Directors.
I am committed to demonstrating the value of the oncology nurse in the care of people with cancer, to ensuring that every oncology nurse has access to evidence-based knowledge, and to contributing to the ongoing growth and development of our profession.
How have you advanced excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care? When I relocated to Northern Vermont in 1992, I quickly realized the oncology nursing community was lacking a local avenue that supported networking, the opportunity to learn more about oncology nursing as well as the interest in being a part of something bigger than they were on their own. I partnered with several other oncology nurses in the area to charter a new chapter that since 1999 has contributed to both excellence in oncology nursing and improved the quality of care for people with cancer in the area. Chapters have had an indisputable role in advancing the mission and vision of the Oncology Nursing Society. I believe that the active involvement of chapter members is integral to the success of our society at both the local and national level.
Provide a recent example of how you used innovation in your leadership experiences. Recently, I have been involved in the design and implementation of a new Ambulatory Care Model to improve coordination of care for people with cancer and their families. Through the introduction of a Nurse Care Coordinator role, we have developed a disease-based navigation role that provides a high level of oncology nursing expertise and support from the time of diagnosis through survivorship or end of life. This innovative role was designed using the ONS Oncology Nurse Navigator Competencies to determine the full scope of the role within the care team. Leveraging these competencies to enhance the care model has allowed my organization to advance oncology care and demonstrate leadership in care delivery.
Provide a recent example of how you used advocacy in your leadership experiences. In my role as the Nursing lead for the implementation of an electronic health record at my current organization, I have successfully advocated for nurse-driven protocols around the care and maintenance of central vascular access devices and urinary catheters. Using evidencebased practice and implementation science, I have supported the design and implementation of workflows that support nurses functioning at "top of license" to drive improved patient care and outcomes. I strongly advocate for the use of technology in health care to support advancement and innovation.