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State of the Union Address Has Implications for Oncology Nurses

State of the Union Address Has Implications for Oncology Nurses
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

President Obama's State of the Union address touched upon several issues affecting oncology nurses, including the need for affordable healthcare coverage, federal investment in biomedical research and development, and educational opportunities for higher education and graduate degrees.

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Like many Americans, ONS members watched the State of the Union address to seek insight on national issues that affect us. With the economy, health care, and education topping the list of the President's concerns, oncology nurses have many opportunities to provide their expertise.

On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered the first speech to a Joint Session of Congress that was later to be called the State of the Union. We still celebrate this rich, historic event as President Barack Obama continues a 225-year tradition mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

Using the State of the Union to update members of Congress and discuss his legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session, President Obama emphasized programs that he hopes will benefit the middle class. Issues he mentioned that place nurses are at the forefront of the discussion are

  • The need for all to have affordable healthcare coverage;
  • Continued federal investment in biomedical research and development
  • Educational opportunities for higher education and graduate degrees.

Other priorities include

  • New executive action that will help more Americans purchase a home
  • New steps to help more Americans access #BetterBroadband
  • A new proposal to make two years of community college free for students
  • Extending sick leave to working families
  • Tripling the Child Care Tax Credit
  • Granting college students up to $2,500 in aid
  • Expanding employer retirement funds for workers. 

The U.S. Congress will review and debate this agenda and may authorize legislation around these issues in the coming months. President Obama assured Congress that he will work with them to advance their mutual goal of buildinga stronger America. He insted that a new dynamic is in place, and that Americans are demanding full cooperation through bipartisanship, 

Read the full State of the Union address.

ONS will continue to advocate for issues important to our members. Learn more about our legislative and regulatory agenda items

ONS Endorses the American Academy of Nursing Policy Brief on Support for the Rights of LGBT Individuals Who Are Hospitalized

ONS Endorses the American Academy of Nursing Policy Brief on Support for the Rights of LGBT Individuals Who Are Hospitalized
Monday, April 6, 2015

ONS strongly endorses the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) policy brief that supports equal hospital visitation and decision-making rights to same-sex spouses or partners.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Board of Directors, at its March 2015 meeting, endorsed the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN's) February 2015 policy brief, “Same-Sex Partnership Rights: Health Care Decision-Making and Hospital Visitation.” The brief supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who are hospitalized to have the right to visitation by their family of choice, or designee; to have access to their hospitalized loved ones; and to make decisions on their behalf. Supporting equal hospital visitation and decision-making rights to same-sex spouses or partners contributes to respectful healthcare treatment for all patients. 
 
“ONS strongly supports equal rights for LGBT patients and their families and opposes any discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ONS has a history of supporting human rights and equal healthcare rights for all patients and their families, as well as advancing a culturally competent healthcare workforce,”  said Margaret Barton-Burke, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of ONS.
 
The AAN policy brief builds on its 2012 position statement on health care for sexual minority and gender diverse populations. It was developed by the Academy’s Expert Panel on LGBTQ Health.
 
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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