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ONS Membership Reaches All-Time High

ONS Membership Reaches All-Time High
Thursday, January 29, 2015

ONS member benefits have attracted more new members than ever before, leading to an all-time year-end high for ONS membership.  

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ONS's growing membership reached a new milestone in 2014. The Society experienced a 4% net growth for the year, resulting in a year-end membership of 37,724. This was made possible by a robust 85% retention rate and a 20% increase in new members recruited compared to 2013.
“On behalf of the ONS Board of Directors, I want to welcome new members to ONS,” said Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of ONS. “Thank you, too, to all of our members for your continued dedication to the care of your patients and their families. ONS would not be the organization it is today without our members.” 
ONS members are dedicated to providing the best possible care for their patients and families. They know that education is at the heart of cancer care and that the best place to acquire that education and knowledge is through ONS. Member benefits such as continuing nursing education, clinical practice resources, and networking opportunities continue to attract more new members to the ONS family.
ONS is committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care by providing a professional community for oncology nurses, developing evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocating for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. 

ONS Responds to New York Times Photograph

ONS Responds to New York Times Photograph
Monday, March 2, 2015
In a letter to the editor of The New York Times, ONS responds to an article that features a photograph of a nurse administering chemotherapy without using personal protective equipment. 

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ONS recently submitted a letter to the editor of The New York Times in response to its February 22, 2015 article “Health Care Opens Stable Career Path: Taken Mainly by Women.” A photograph within the article illustrates a nurse administering chemotherapy without using personal protective equipment, gloves, gowns, or eye protection.
In the letter, ONS recommends safe handling procedures and writes that patients receiving chemotherapy should expect their nurses to use protective equipment.  

ONS Remembers Linda Person

ONS Remembers Linda Person
Friday, October 10, 2014

Prominent ONS member Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®, passed away on October 3, 2014.

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Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®
Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®, of Altadena, CA, passed away on October 3, 2014, following complications from multiple chronic conditions. Linda was a clinical nurse specialist at USC/Norris Cancer Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She was a past coordinator of the ONS Clinical Nurse Specialist special interest group and a member of the ONS nominating committee.
Linda was a true mentor, friend, and supporter whose tremendous accomplishments over the years outweighed her humility by leaps and bounds. She had a quiet strength and was extremely involved in her work and the professional oncology community, donating countless hours and funds to support cancer organizations. Linda loved animals and swimming, and was a private pilot who served as a major in the Army Reserves. She will be remembered for her caring, compassionate, and giving soul.


Former ONS President Takes On New Role

Former ONS President Takes On New Role
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In her new role at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA, former ONS president Mary Gullatte will work to ensure that the organization sustains its nursing research program, evolves the nursing practice, and contributes to broader nursing knowledge.

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Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN
Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN®, FAAN, has been appointed Corporate Director of Nursing Innovation and Research of Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. In this position, she will build on a solid foundation of nursing research, create a formal nursing mentorship program, develop a process for formal peer review, assist nurses in becoming published authors and leaders of their professional organizations, and focus on health policy and scope of practice. 
“I am very excited about the possibilities of this new position at Emory Healthcare, spanning responsibility for health policy, scope of nursing practice, and nursing innovation and research across our six hospitals and many ambulatory clinics,” said Gullatte. “This also gives me the opportunity to focus on my own program of research in cancer screening and early detection among minority and underserved adults.”
Gullatte served as ONS president from 2012–2014.

Columbus Chapter of ONS Marks 30th Anniversary

ONS Columbus Chapter Marks 30th Anniversary
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Senator Sherrod Brown celebrated the Columbus Chapter of ONS's 30th anniversary by reading a Congressional Record statement during its 25th spring conference.

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Columbus Chapter of ONS
The Columbus Chapter of ONS was honored in a Congressional Record statement by senator Sherrod Brown at their 25th spring conference. The following is the senator's statement. 
“Mr. President, I wish to congratulate the Columbus Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, or CCONS, on a legacy of excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. CCONS’s 25th Annual Spring Conference, Kaleidoscope of Oncology Care, will be held on April 3, and in May, during Oncology Nursing Month, the Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
"I would like to take a moment to reflect on the work and achievements of this valued organization and to especially recognize CCONS’s president, Bertie Ford, for her leadership. Since 1984, CCONS has worked to lead the transformation of cancer care. Its members are leaders in their communities and represent the most effective cancer care advocates in their workplaces. These oncology nurses are vital supports of patient-centered interventions, leveraging clinical knowledge and technology every day to provide the highest quality cancer care to patients not only in Columbus, but across Ohio.
"We are making progress in the fight against cancer. The five-year survival rate for all cancers among adults is 68%—a marked improvement over the mid-1970s when it was 50%. But as cancer treatment becomes more complex, the healthcare system demands higher quality and more efficient care. As Congress works to increase patient access to quality health care, I praise the commitment of CCONS in fostering excellence in oncology nursing and in the care of cancer patients.
"My mother passed away in 2009 while in hospice care. I will never forget the nurses who took care of her in such a loving way when they didn’t know her personally until those last few weeks. It made all the difference in the world to her and our family. For that, I always thank nurses and others who care for those in need. Congratulations to CCONS on its 30th anniversary and for the important work its members do in Ohio’s communities every day.”

ONS Member Promoted to Major General in U.S. Army Reserve

ONS Member Promoted to Major General in U.S. Army Reserve
Thursday, March 5, 2015

ONS member Margaret C. Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, has been promoted to Major General in the United States Army Reserve. Her outstanding military career spans more than 30 years in the armed forces.


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Margaret C. Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN, was recently promoted to the rank of Major General in the United States Army Reserve. She is only the third nurse in the 106-year history of the Army Reserve to be promoted to Major General and the first nurse from the Army Reserve to serve as Deputy Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and Army Reserve Affairs in the Office of the Surgeon General.
General Wilmoth has spent more than 30 years in the armed services. She was promoted to Brigadier General in 2005 with assignment as the Commanding General of the 332nd Medical Brigade, making her the first nurse and first woman to command a medical brigade as a general officer. She also served on the Army Reserve Force Policy Committee from 2005–2008 as the first nurse in its history. This committee is a congressionally-mandated committee that advises the Secretary of the Army on mobilization, readiness, and other issues concerning the reserve components and the Army.
Most recently in her concurrent civilian career, General Wilmoth served as the first Dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University. Prior to this position, she was a Professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 
General Wilmoth is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and past coordinator of the ONS Advanced Nursing Research SIG. She is currently Co-Chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Military/Veterans Expert Panel and currently serves on the HRSA National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, and the Georgia Nurse Leaders Coalition, the Georgia Action Coalition on the Future of Nursing. General Wilmoth is also a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, having served her fellowship in 2009–2010 with then Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).