ONS 2002 Environmental Scan: A Basis for Strategic Planning

Leonard Mafrica

Layla G. Ballon

Bridget Culhane

Michele McCorkle

Cynthia Miller Murphy

Linda Worrall

ONF 2007, 29(9), E99-E109. DOI: 10.1188/02.ONF.E99-E109

Purpose/Objectives: To analyze information about the environments in which the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) operates as a basis for strategic planning.

Data Sources: Published reports and ONS internal surveys.

Data Synthesis: Analysis of internal and external trends resulted in a list of implications with regard to managing change, avoiding mistakes, and identifying critical issues for ONS leadership. The team presented ONS leaders with a tool that helped to guide the development of the 2003-2006 Strategic Plan.

Conclusions: The continuing vitality of professional nursing societies such as ONS is critical to the vitality of the profession of nursing itself. Monitoring the environment in which these organizations operate--and effectively using the knowledge that is gained--contributes to their long-term viability and growth. A stronger ONS is in a position to better serve its members, who ensure high-quality care to people with cancer.

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