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Oncology Nurses Advance Patient Care With New ONS Publications

Oncology Nurses Advance Patient Care With New ONS Publications
Friday, May 12, 2017
For the spring of 2017, ONS has developed six new nurse-written, nurse-focused publications, offering current, cutting-edge resources for oncology nurses seeking to improve their level of care for patients with cancer.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) developed six new publications for the spring of 2017, offering current, cutting-edge resources for oncology nurses seeking to improve their level of care for patients with cancer. These new nurse-written, nurse-focused publications examine several essential, evolving topics in oncology care.
ONS member and award-winning author, Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, published A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Cancer and Obesity, offering guidance to oncology nurses seeking to understand the link between obesity and cancer. Katz speaks with patients and survivors about weight management and physical activity. Each chapter addresses obstacles and issues that healthcare providers may face when discussing weight management and weight loss with their patients, and it offers helpful suggestions on how to overcome them.
Access Device Standards of Practice for Oncology Nursing reviews the controversies in access device care, explores the range of devices currently available, details the advantages and disadvantages of each device to ensure optimal selection based on patient needs, and discusses the key legal ramifications concerning access devices and their management. 
Providers are understanding the importance of physical activity in patients with cancer. Integrating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care: An Evidence-Based Approach provides essential resources to encourage and support patients to engage in appropriate levels of exercise throughout the cancer trajectory. Chapters highlight the benefits of physical activity, strategies for assessing patient motivation and adherence, how to evaluate patient tolerance, along with other useful resources for nurses, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals. 
Palliative care, defined as symptom management, is a critical component of care for patients at any stage of the cancer journey. Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach explores pharmacologic interventions, advance care planning, and the physiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and interventions of chronic conditions and malignancies. Case studies also highlight approaches to care for patients in need of palliative care. 
Oncology Nurse Navigation Case Studies uses individual patient examples to demonstrate the role of oncology nurse navigators in facilitating access to treatment, alleviating care barriers, and providing support, resources, and education throughout the disease and treatment trajectory. 
Developed by a task force of experts, the Oncology Nursing Society Documentation Standards for Cancer Treatment provides practitioners with documentation standards for chemotherapy and biotherapy administration, radiation therapy, blood and marrow transplantation, surgery, venous access devices, blood product transfusion, and extravasation management. 
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
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Nurse Educators Needed for Public Comment

Nurse Educators Needed for Public Comment
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Nurse Educators Needed for Public Comment
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ONS is reviewing and revising the fourth edition of the Standards of Oncology Nursing Education: Generalist and Advanced Practice Levels. If you are a nurse educator working in generalist or advanced practice levels, please comment on the initial draft by midnight (EST) on July 15, 2015.

Excellence in Patient/Public Education Award

Excellence in Patient/Public Education Award
2018 Award Recipient
Kelley D. Mayden, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®

To recognize and support excellence in patient and public education 


A $500 award, a plaque, and travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress

Eligibility Criteria 
Nominees for this award will be oncology nurses who are involved in offering creative public or patient education. The nominee must be an active ONS member who has been nominated by an ONS member. In addition, he or she should
  • Be a registered professional nurse
  • Have a minimum of two years experience in oncology nursing.
Application Materials 
The following materials are required.
  • Nomination narrative statement
  • Nominee's resume or curriculum vitae
  • Nominee's personal statement
  • Two (2) letters of support
Important Notice About the Nomination Deadline 

ONS uses a vendor-supported online program for all award nomination applications. At exactly 5 pm ET on September 30, the application site will automatically shut down. Any applications that are not completed at this time will be terminated and will not be accepted. This deadline cannot be extended without prior authorization from the ONS Awards advisory panel and the ONS Board of Directors.

Scoring Criteria 
The scoring criteria for judging this nomination packet is as follows.
  • Candidate teaches patients or community groups in manner consistent with the ONS Standards of Oncology Education: Patient/Family and Public.
  • Candidate identifies needs for education in patients, families, or communities and plans innovative programs to meet those identified needs.
  • Programs have clearly stated objectives.
  • Content of program(s) is relevant to population served.
  • Creative strategies and presentation techniques are used in implementing program.
  • Program evaluation methods are appropriate.
  • Candidate serves as a role model for other nurses.
  • Candidate creates a network to sustain health-promoting behaviors.
  • Candidate establishes positive teacher-learner relationships. 
Submit Your Nomination 

Online Nominations are Closed 

Our ONS Award Nomination deadline was Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. Our ONS Award Nominations will reopen in April 2018 through September 30, 2018.

Travel Information 

The recipient will receive travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress. ONS will reimburse the award recipient for round-trip economy airfare to and from the recipient's home address to the Congress location, provided the recipient makes all travel arrangements through American Express Travel, ONS's official travel agency. Additionally, one (1) night's lodging will be permitted provided that the recipient makes the hotel arrangements through the ONS meetings department. Meals for a 24-hour period will be reimbursed, along with the reimbursement of certain ground transportation situations and parking, but there are limitations. Please contact for complete details about the travel reimbursement policy.

Standards of Oncology Education: Patient/Significant Other and Public Is Open for Public Comment 

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Standards of Oncology Education: Patient/Significant Other and Public Is Open for Public Comment 

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ONS is reviewing and revising the fourth edition of the Standards of Oncology Education: Patient/Significant Other and Public. The draft is now open for public comment until August 17, 2015. We welcome your feedback on the content of the document.