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ONS Leader Named New Mexico’s Secretary of Higher Education

ONS Leader Named New Mexico’s Secretary of Higher Education
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ONS leader Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, adds Madam Secretary to her impressive resume as she is named New Mexico's Secretary of Higher Education. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez praised Damron for her extraordinary work in nursing higher education.

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ONS members know that the sky is the limit for their friends and colleagues. When a nurse gains higher office, it is a special testament to the work of all nurses as advocates. As part of a lifetime of achievement, Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing, was appointed as the state’s latest Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED). She began her duties on January 5.
In an announcement made by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Damron was praised for her extraordinary work in nursing higher education. Citing New Mexico’s commitment to healthcare, STEM programming, and access to educational advancement through state investment, the governor believes that New Mexico will continue to provide more opportunities for its citizens under Damron’s stewardship.
“I’m confident that Dr. Damron will push aggressive reforms to help us keep college affordable, graduate more students in less time, and prepare the workforce New Mexico needs through our community colleges and universities,” said Governor Martinez.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Damron was the director of the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Office of Community Partnerships & Cancer Health Disparities and of the Hispanic and Native American Community Outreach program at the University’s Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated center in the state. Damron was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institute of Medicine Congressional Health Policy fellow and worked as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Her wealth of knowledge and experience allowed UNM President Bob Frank to say, “It’s rare to get an appointment with such extensive experience in government and education.” 
Damron has served on the ONS Board of Directors, was chairperson of the chapters committee, and was the founding president of the San Antonio Chapter of ONS and is now a member of the Albuquerque Chapter of ONS.  She was also president and treasurer of the ONS Foundation and led one of the Foundation’s most successful fund-raising campaigns. She attributes her work at ONS as important to this position. 
“ONS has been and continues to be a pivotal part of my professional life,” said Damron. “The leadership positions I held in ONS and the ONS Foundation allowed me to obtain critical skills that are now playing a major role in my work with the executive branch of state government.” ONS lauds Damron’s continued accomplishments and congratulates her on this appointment as she, like every nurse, changes people’s lives for the better.
Read the governor's full announcement.

ONS Experts to Review and Update Mosby's Oncology-Specific Nursing Skills

ONS Experts to Review and Update Mosby's Oncology-Specific Nursing Skills
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In collaboration with Elsevier, ONS experts will review and amend 76 oncology-related Mosby's Skills, an online reference product and competency management system.

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Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) experts have been selected to review and amend 76 oncology-related skills in Mosby’s Skills, a comprehensive, combined online reference product and competency management system. The work is being done in collaboration with Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services.
“We commend Elsevier for collaborating with organizations such as ours to continuously expand and improve its educational materials,” said Elizabeth M. Wertz Evans, PhD, RN, MPM, CPHQ, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FACMPE, ONS executive director of professional practice and programs. “We look forward to collaborating and developing the best possible Mosby’s Skills product for nursing professionals.”
Designed for healthcare nursing professionals, Mosby’s Skills combines a powerful skills and procedures reference product with convenient competency management system functionality. More than 1,300 skills are featured within the areas of adult and pediatric and specialties such as perioperative, maternal/newborn, neonatal intensive care, respiratory care, oncology, and others. Mosby’s Skills is part of Elsevier’s Mosby’s Suite, an online solution that provides training, education, skills reference, and support at the point of care.
“Equipping nurses with the most accurate and updated information is of paramount importance when it comes to delivering direct patient care,” said Barbara Nelson Cullen, vice president, strategy and content development, Elsevier. “We value feedback and input from organizations known for their expertise. ONS’s review of Mosby’s Skills will help ensure that the oncology-related skills offer the best content in the industry.”
ONS joins a list of well-known organizations that have collaborated with Elsevier to develop and review areas within Mosby’s Skills, including the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. 
About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier¹s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, Reaxys, ClinicalKey, and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, helping research and healthcare institutions deliver better outcomes more cost effectively.
Oncology Nursing Society
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. Together, ONS and the cancer community seek to reduce the risks, incidence, and burden of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection, and improving the management of cancer symptoms and side effects throughout the disease trajectory.