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ONS Membership Elects New Board of Directors

ONS Membership Elects New Board of Directors
Friday, March 23, 2018

Three ONS members were recently elected to the Board of Directors in February 2018.

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(March 23, 2018)—Three Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) members who demonstrate ONS’s commitment to future planning and stewardship were newly elected to the Board of Directors in February 2018. Heather Mackey, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCN®, Susan Bruce, MSN, RN, CTTS, OCN, AOCNS®, and Anne Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP, were elected by the ONS membership to serve three-year terms with the ONS Board of Directors. Each member could serve part of their terms as president, secretary, or treasurer. 
 
“We look forward to leveraging the strengths, talents, and rich experiences that each of our new board members brings to the table,” ONS president-elect, Laura Fennimore, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, said. “Welcome aboard, Susan, Anne, and Heather. I look forward to working together.”
 
As part of the nominating process, each candidate cited ways they’ve advanced excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care in their practice. Bruce, after becoming a certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS), implemented new smoking cessation programs at her institution, drawing primary referrals from lung cancer specialists. To date, her smoking cessation program has more than a 35% success rate and has seen more than 300 patients. 
 
Mackey, a champion for certification and continuing education, has worked on numerous projects and programs to enhance the knowledge of oncology nurses. Her work includes developing oncology nursing core competencies, online courses, and clinical practice guidelines. She’s also authored articles for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and ONS Voice, as well as being the chair of the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Certification News
 
Ireland was the founding president and driving force for the formation of the ONS Northern Vermont chapter. She’s worked in Canada and the United States in ambulatory and inpatient settings. She’s also been involved in the design and implementation of the Ambulatory Care Model to improve the coordination of care for patients with cancer and their families. 
 
ONS’s Leadership Development Committee identified candidates for director-at-large positions from ONS’s membership. As part of ONS’s ongoing commitment to cultivating future nurse leaders, the committee will continue to work with ONS members to identify and develop the leadership qualities of future potential candidates. 
 
ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.
 
Media Contact: Aaron Borchert
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ONS Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

ONS Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ONS's top leadership, led by incoming president, Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, take office at its 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) announced its 2014–2015 Board of Directors at its 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA.

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, takes office in her two-year term as ONS President. She is the Mary Ann Lee professor of oncology nursing at the University of Missouri and research scientist at Siteman Cancer Institute in St. Louis.

Continuing in her role as treasurer is Tracy K. Gosselin, RN, PhD, AOCN®, associate chief nursing officer and assistant vice president at Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. Marlon Garzo Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, continues in his role as secretary. He is an advanced practice nurse researcher at the University of California, San Diego.

Newly-elected ONS directors-at-large are Donald “Chip” Bailey Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC, and Colleen O’Leary, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, clinical nurse specialist at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, OH.

ONS directors-at-large continuing their terms are Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®, assistant professor/nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Anne M. Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP, clinical director, solid tumor malignancy program at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA, and Susie Newton, RN, MS, AOCN®, AOCNS®, senior director, Health Management Solutions, Quintiles in Dayton, OH.

ONS director-at-large Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, CRNP, AOCNP®, stepped down from the Board in March 2014. The Board of Directors voted to have director-at-large Vicki Norton, MHA, RN, OCN®, whose term would have expired this year, extend her term for one additional year to fill the unexpired portion of Biedrzycki’s term. Norton is the clinical nursing director at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

 “As an organization, we find ourselves working toward achieving ONS’s mission and vision within a complex and changing healthcare system,” said Barton-Burke. “The 2014–­2015 ONS Board of Directors will be envisioning the future of oncology nursing and patient care by selecting a new chief executive officer, developing a new strategic plan, and continuing to strengthen our membership and chapters. It is an exciting time for ONS and the ONS Board of Directors.”

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. 


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