More than 100 ONS members and staff will descend on Washington, DC, for the inaugural ONS Capitol Hill Days next week to prepare members to advocate for their profession, their colleagues, and their patients on a national scale.
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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 members and staff recently met at ONS headquarters for the ONS Research Think Tank to discuss and outline ONS’s future role in cancer nursing research.
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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Research Think Tank met at the ONS national office from March 20–21, 2017, to discuss the future directions of ONS in cancer nursing research.
To address the changing healthcare, research, and funding environments, ONS is restructuring its research department under new Chief Clinical Officer Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, AOCNP®, FAAN. Think tank participants and ONS leaders considered evolving research priorities, training and support of nurse researchers, and the release of the Blue Ribbon Panel Report from the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative when analyzing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. They recommended creating a crosswalk between clinical trends and needs, health policy, and the ONS research agenda. In addition, the group discussed potential collaborations and partnerships that could help shape and fund ONS research initiatives.
Formal recommendations are forthcoming.
Think Tank Participants
Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, moderator
Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN
Catherine Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
Donna Berry, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN
Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN
Kelly Brassil, PhD, RN, AOCN®, ACNS-BC
Mary Cooley, PhD, RN, FAAN
Teresa Hagan, PhD, RN
Marilyn Hammer, PhD, DC, RN
Pamela Hinds, RN, PhD, FAAN
Sandy Mitchell, PhD, CRNP, AOCN®, FAAN
Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN®, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Debra Watkins-Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Michele Galioto, RN, MSN
Michele McCorkle, RN, MSN
Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN
Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, AOCNP®, FAAN
Linda Worrall, RN, MSN
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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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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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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Mary E. Cooley, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been appointed as the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS’s) first Scholar-in Residence (SIR) beginning February 1, 2018. Dr. Cooley brings to this new role more than 30 years of experience in oncology nursing. She is a Nurse Scientist in Nursing and Patient Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and an Associate Professor in nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The SIR role will work with Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP, FAAN, ONS’s Chief Clinical Officer, to create a strategic vision to ensure that ONS’s research resources and processes are developed to meet the needs of people with cancer and the growing need for nurse researchers in cancer care. Dr. Cooley will also collaborate with national organizations to address emerging oncology research needs at the national level.
“In creating this new role, we wanted someone who would continue to elevate ONS’s leadership in research and facilitate the development of nurse scientists in oncology care,” Kennedy Sheldon said. “Mary’s research expertise will be vital as ONS continues to meet not only today’s research priorities but to envision and prepare nurse researchers to meet the future needs of patients needing cancer care.”
Dr. Cooley completed her pre- and post-doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her initial research arose out of her experience as an advanced practice nurse and focused on understanding the patterns of symptom distress after treatment for lung cancer. Since that time, her program of research has evolved and focuses on improving cancer symptom management through clinical decision support and enhancing healthy behaviors through multiple risk reduction interventions, including smoking cessation, increasing physical activity and healthy diet. She has had continuous funding for her research for the past two decades through various sources including the American Cancer Society, Lung Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Institute, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She has served as a member of scientific review committees for the National Cancer Institute, National Institute for Nursing Research and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012 in recognition of her contributions to advance nursing science and was most recently selected as a Mixed Methods Research Scholar, funded through the National Office for Behavioral and Social Science Research, to fulfill the national need for researchers with expertise in mixed methods.
“I am honored to have been selected as the Scholar-in-Residence for ONS,” Cooley said. “It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that plays such a critical role in the transformation of cancer care. I look forward to partnering with ONS members and staff, as well as experts throughout the country to guide the ONS Research Agenda and ultimately help shape the future of cancer care.”
ONS is a professional association of more than 40,000 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.
Beginning October 3, 2016, Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, will become ONS’s first chief clinical officer.
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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.
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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- “Oncology Certification for Nurses” position statement
- “Oncology Nursing Society, Association of Oncology Social Work, and National Association of Social Work Joint Position on the Role of Oncology Nursing and Oncology Social Work in Patient Navigation” position statement
- Oncology Nurse Navigator Core Competencies
- “Oncology Nurse Navigator Role Delineation Study: An Oncology Nursing Society Report” December 2012 Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing article
- Oncology Nurse Navigation: Delivering Patient-Centered Care Across the Continuum 2014 book