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ONS, ONCC Set to Publish Oncology Nurse Navigation Role Delineation Study

ONS, ONCC Set to Publish Oncology Nurse Navigation Role Delineation Study
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Approximately 500 nurse navigators responded to a survey, completed by ONS and ONCC, indicating how the nurse navigator position has grown and evolved in recent years.

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In March 2016, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) in conjunction with the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) completed a study focused on the role of nurse navigators in oncology settings. Compared to a previous study conducted in 2011, the new Nurse Navigator Role Delineation Study yielded insightful information as to how the position of nurse navigator has grown and evolved since the 2011 study.

Approximately 500 nurse navigators responded to the survey. Results indicated that the nurse navigator role has become more defined in recent years. More nurses have assumed the title of nurse navigator, and the position is being implemented at most cancer sites.

Defining the Position of Nurse Navigator

A portion of the survey asked respondents to distinguish between the oncology nurse navigator and clinical practice nurse roles. Their answers provided clear information to determine the distinctive set of tasks assigned to a nurse navigator as opposed to a clinical practice nurse. Moreover, this identified the presence of a unique body of knowledge for the navigator role.

The survey, given to nurse navigators in December 2015, highlighted background and general information, the tasks and responsibilities of an oncology nurse navigator, the knowledge required to complete the responsibilities, and additional comments. A committee collected and reviewed the data in February 2016.

The current ONS Oncology Nurse Navigator Core Competencies will be updated to reflect the new information the study uncovered. With the clearer guidance, implementing well-defined nurse navigator roles will be easier and more straightforward. ONS will continue to explore the ways in which nurse navigators fit into the care coordination of patients with cancer.

Understanding the Unique Needs of Our Nurse Navigator Members

ONS and ONCC are currently exploring the best options to support and assess knowledge and competencies for nurse navigator roles. Although the role is still new and implementation of nurse navigators throughout the country is still growing, ONS will continue to explore the interest for a certificate of added qualification program, as well as other innovative solutions.

The ONS/ONCC Nurse Navigation Role Delineation Study will be published and available in the near future.

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). 
 

ONS Names New Chief Executive Officer

ONS Names New Chief Executive Officer
Friday, July 11, 2014

ONS is pleased to announce that Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, is named as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 1.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) today named Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 1.
 
“We are excited to welcome Brenda as the new ONS CEO. Her distinguished career and leadership skill set will position ONS for the future within a complex and changing healthcare system, while achieving the ONS mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. It is an exciting time for ONS and the ONS Board of Directors,” said ONS President Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN.
 
“I am honored to be selected as the ONS CEO,” Nevidjon said. “I look forward to working with the Board, staff, members, and the larger cancer care community as we transform the provision of cancer care in a changing healthcare environment.”
 
Nevidjon is currently a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and coordinator of the Systems Division, which includes the nursing informatics, nursing education, and nursing and healthcare leadership graduate majors. She has had an extraordinary nursing career of leadership in service and education and was the first nurse and first woman to be chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital. Through diverse clinical and administrative experiences in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, she has devoted her energy to bridging practice settings and academic environments to advance patient care, creating innovative work environments, promoting scholarship in practitioners, and developing leaders.
 
She has helped develop professional nursing organizations at the local, national, and international levels and has made lasting contributions to ONS. Nevidjon is a past president of ONS and the ONS Foundation, has completed a term on the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum Board, and has served on other cancer-related boards, most recently the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
 
With extensive publications in the nursing literature, Nevidjon is regarded as a mentor for nurses to develop their power and voice through publication.  Her diverse contributions include two volumes of oncology nurse narratives as well as books, articles, and chapters on oncology and administrative topics, such as the role of advanced practice nurses and the nursing shortage. She consults with organizations related to work culture, team building, and leadership development. 
 
Nevidjon received the Duke School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award, the ONS Trish Greene Quality of Life Memorial Lectureship, and the American Nursing Association’s Honorary Recognition Award for her sustained contributions to the nursing profession. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Program and the Johnson & Johnson–Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
 

ONS Members Appointed to Cancer Moonshot Working Groups

ONS Members Appointed to Cancer Moonshot Working Groups
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

 Three ONS members have been appointed to the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel working groups, which will identify major areas of opportunity that could lead to significant breakthroughs in cancer research.

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June 14, 2016—The National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel announced the formation of seven working groups that will identify major areas of opportunity that could lead to significant breakthroughs in cancer research. Three ONS members have been appointed to two of these working groups. Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN (pictured left with Vice President Joe Biden), University of North Carolina School of Nursing, and Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN, Huntsman Cancer Institute, have been appointed to the Implementation Sciences Working Group. Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN, Billings Clinic, will serve on the Expanding Clinical Trials Working Group. Mayer is also a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel.
 
According to the National Cancer Institute, the Implementation Sciences group will focus on studying the impact of cancer on large populations to inform the policies, practices, and programs that will directly affect patients. The group is also tasked to assess and develop best practices for distributing new information about cancer prevention, survivorship, risk assessment, treatment, screening, and prognosis. They will also focus on providing easy, real-world interventions to enable clinical workers and healthcare professionals to share emerging cancer knowledge with their colleagues, patients, and caregivers. Mayer and Mooney will bring their experience as nurse researchers to help inform the group’s work.
 
Increasing participation in clinical trials has been a key focus for the Cancer Moonshot since it was first announced during the president’s State of the Union address in January 2016. Brant, along with other oncology experts, will examine emerging clinical trials procedures that focus on the molecular makeup of many different cancers. Their work will also focus on increasing the number of clinical trial candidates, making trials broadly accessible to patients who are interested in participating.  
 
“The Cancer Moonshot initiative has provided a golden opportunity for all of us involved in cancer care to take a step back and ask, how can we redesign cancer care for the future?” Brant said. “I feel privileged to work with such a brilliant group of scientists, brainstorming strategies on our calls, to take science to the next level, improve access to clinical trials and late-breaking treatments, and to address disparities in inequitable care that exists within our current systems. As a team, we continue to ask ourselves, ‘What about the patient? What will our efforts mean to patients? Does it make sense? Will access be easier?’ Overall, being a part of the Cancer Moonshot work has been an honor, and I am pleased to share the voice of oncology nursing and the community.”
 
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.
 

ONS Releases Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications Position Statement

ONS Releases Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications Position Statement
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ONS's new “Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications” position statement addresses the critical roles and requirements of the oncology nurse navigator and the qualifications necessary to meet those requirements.

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The Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) new “Oncology Nurse Navigation Role and Qualifications” position statement addresses the critical roles and requirements of the oncology nurse navigator (ONN) and the qualifications necessary to meet those requirements, which include certification through a National Commission for Certifying Agencies–accredited organization. The full position statement is available on the ONS website and will be published in a future 2015 issue of the Oncology Nursing Forum
 
“Cancer treatment is complex. Patients and families benefit from the care coordination efforts of an ONN,” said ONS President Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Our goal is to support and promote the role and qualifications of the ONN in the delivery of evidence-based, cost-effective and quality patient-centered care.”
 
ONNs guide patients with cancer, along with their families and caregivers, through the entire healthcare continuum—from prevention and screening to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life.
 
Limitations in published research and the inability to replicate navigation programs and processes often relate to the absence of standardized navigation roles, job descriptions, processes, and ONN qualifications, such as credentials, competencies, education, preparation, and experience. ONS calls for additional research to systematically characterize and compare navigator activities within and across clinical programs.  
 
“ONNs greatly contribute to nursing research that supports the understanding of nurse-sensitive, patient-specific outcomes resulting from oncology nurse navigation,” said Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, ONS Nurse Navigator Special Interest Group coordinator. 
 
The position statement released today complements other ONS resources related to navigation and certification.
ONS is a professional association of more than 37,000 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. 
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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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