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Use Communication Models to Deliver Bad News

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Breaking bad news is distressing to patients and families and is often uncomfortable for nurses delivering it. This month's Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing reviews strategies and communication models for oncology nurses, while offering free CNE for ONS members. 

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.  
 

New ONS Core Values Define Society’s Strategic Objectives

New ONS Core Values Define Society’s Strategic Objectives
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The ONS Board of Directors worked to consolidate and streamline the Society’s core values from six to three.

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Innovation. Excellence. Advocacy.
 
As part of the strategic planning process, the ONS Board of Directors worked to consolidate and streamline the Society’s core values, narrowing them from six values to three. The resulting three values lead and define ONS’s strategic objectives for the 2015-2018 strategic plan.
 
  • Strategic objective #1: Innovation in knowledge and learning
  • Strategic objective #2: Excellence in oncology nursing and quality patient care
  • Strategic objective #3: Advocacy for patients and the profession

2016 ACS Chair

ONS Member Will Serve as American Cancer Society Board Chair in 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016

ONS Member and former ONS Foundation President, Scarlott Mueller, has been appointed as the new 2016 chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

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ONS Member and former ONS Foundation President, Scarlott Mueller, has been appointed as the new 2016 chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. For more than 35 years, Mueller has been an active member in the oncology profession, receiving awards and serving in numerous positions throughout her career. Read more about Scarlott Mueller’s appointment to chair of the American Cancer Society

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