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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 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.