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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
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Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award

Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award
2018 Award Recipient
Mary C. Corwin, BSN, RN, OCN®

To recognize and support excellence in radiation therapy nursing


A $500 award, a plaque, and travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress

Eligibility Criteria 
The nominee must be an active ONS member who has been nominated by an ONS member. In addition, the nominee should
  • Be a registered professional nurse
  • Have at least two years of oncology nursing experience
  • Be a recognized expert in the field of radiation oncology (i.e., through publications, presentations, research, peer review)
  • Have made a significant contribution to one or more of the following related to radiation oncology: professional/patient education, clinical practice, and /or nursing research
  • Serve as a role model for other radiation oncology nurses.
Application Materials 
The following materials are required.
  • Nomination narrative statement
  • Nominee's resume or curriculum vitae
  • Nominee's personal statement
  • Two (2) letters of support
Important Notice About the Nomination Deadline 

ONS uses a vendor-supported online program for all award nomination applications. At exactly 5 pm ET on September 30, the application site will automatically shut down. Any applications that are not completed at this time will be terminated and will not be accepted. This deadline cannot be extended without prior authorization from the ONS Awards advisory panel and the ONS Board of Directors.

Scoring Criteria 
The scoring criteria for judging this nomination packet is as follows.
  • Clinical practice: Consistently demonstrates exemplary understanding and execution of the care of patients receiving radiation therapy.
  • Education: Shares knowledge of practice with students, peers, patients, and the community. (Examples include, but are not limited to, joint appointment(s), precepting students, staff development, program planning, patient teaching, outreach programs, and CNE programs).
  • Research: Demonstrates commitment to the advancement of practice through evidence of participation in research and research activities (possible activities include participation as data collector, site coordinator, study monitor, member of research team, co-investigator, principal investigator in a clinical research study related to radiation therapy. In addition, participation in research utilization activities, which promote research-based radiation oncology nursing practice).
  • Speaking: Regularly demonstrates expertise in field through public speaking and is recognized as an effective oral communicator.
  • Publication: Regularly contributes to the literature on issues regarding radiation therapy (includes articles in newsletters, journals, reports, video, multimedia, computer assisted instruction, or chapters in books).
  • ONS leadership: Participates in ONS activities at the local or national level. (Participation should include involvement at the local or national level, and includes membership on committees, holding office, or task force participation).
  • Professional practice: Provides leadership in activities, which advance the practice of radiation nursing (activities may include staff development, program development, patient teaching, or support groups. It might also include community outreach such as work with the ACS, Leukemia Society, or camps for cancer patients, or "survivors' day" activities. 
Submit Your Nomination 

Online Nominations are Closed 

Our ONS Award Nomination deadline was Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. Our ONS Award Nominations will reopen in April 2018 through September 30, 2018.

Travel Information 

The recipient will receive travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress. ONS will reimburse the award recipient for round-trip economy airfare to and from the recipient's home address to the Congress location, provided the recipient makes all travel arrangements through American Express Travel, ONS's official travel agency. Additionally, one (1) night's lodging will be permitted provided that the recipient makes the hotel arrangements through the ONS meetings department. Meals for a 24-hour period will be reimbursed, along with the reimbursement of certain ground transportation situations and parking, but there are limitations. Please contact for complete details about the travel reimbursement policy.