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ONS Membership Reaches All-Time High

ONS Membership Reaches All-Time High
Thursday, January 29, 2015

ONS member benefits have attracted more new members than ever before, leading to an all-time year-end high for ONS membership.  

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ONS's growing membership reached a new milestone in 2014. The Society experienced a 4% net growth for the year, resulting in a year-end membership of 37,724. This was made possible by a robust 85% retention rate and a 20% increase in new members recruited compared to 2013.
“On behalf of the ONS Board of Directors, I want to welcome new members to ONS,” said Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, president of ONS. “Thank you, too, to all of our members for your continued dedication to the care of your patients and their families. ONS would not be the organization it is today without our members.” 
ONS members are dedicated to providing the best possible care for their patients and families. They know that education is at the heart of cancer care and that the best place to acquire that education and knowledge is through ONS. Member benefits such as continuing nursing education, clinical practice resources, and networking opportunities continue to attract more new members to the ONS family.
ONS is committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care by providing a professional community for oncology nurses, developing evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocating for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. 

ONS Responds to New York Times Photograph

ONS Responds to New York Times Photograph
Monday, March 2, 2015
In a letter to the editor of The New York Times, ONS responds to an article that features a photograph of a nurse administering chemotherapy without using personal protective equipment. 

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ONS recently submitted a letter to the editor of The New York Times in response to its February 22, 2015 article “Health Care Opens Stable Career Path: Taken Mainly by Women.” A photograph within the article illustrates a nurse administering chemotherapy without using personal protective equipment, gloves, gowns, or eye protection.
In the letter, ONS recommends safe handling procedures and writes that patients receiving chemotherapy should expect their nurses to use protective equipment.  

New ONS Core Values Define Society’s Strategic Objectives

New ONS Core Values Define Society’s Strategic Objectives
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The ONS Board of Directors worked to consolidate and streamline the Society’s core values from six to three.

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Innovation. Excellence. Advocacy.
As part of the strategic planning process, the ONS Board of Directors worked to consolidate and streamline the Society’s core values, narrowing them from six values to three. The resulting three values lead and define ONS’s strategic objectives for the 2015-2018 strategic plan.
  • Strategic objective #1: Innovation in knowledge and learning
  • Strategic objective #2: Excellence in oncology nursing and quality patient care
  • Strategic objective #3: Advocacy for patients and the profession

ONS Remembers Linda Person

ONS Remembers Linda Person
Friday, October 10, 2014

Prominent ONS member Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®, passed away on October 3, 2014.

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Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®
Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®, of Altadena, CA, passed away on October 3, 2014, following complications from multiple chronic conditions. Linda was a clinical nurse specialist at USC/Norris Cancer Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She was a past coordinator of the ONS Clinical Nurse Specialist special interest group and a member of the ONS nominating committee.
Linda was a true mentor, friend, and supporter whose tremendous accomplishments over the years outweighed her humility by leaps and bounds. She had a quiet strength and was extremely involved in her work and the professional oncology community, donating countless hours and funds to support cancer organizations. Linda loved animals and swimming, and was a private pilot who served as a major in the Army Reserves. She will be remembered for her caring, compassionate, and giving soul.


U.S. Senator Acknowledges ONS Metro Detroit Chapter

U.S. Senator Acknowledges ONS Metro Detroit Chapter
Friday, February 20, 2015

Members and guests of the ONS Metro Detroit Chapter heard a special message from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in recognition of their 25th annual meeting.

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The Metro Detroit Chapter of ONS celebrated the 25th anniversary of their annual meeting in February. One hundred fifty-seven people, including 33 nursing students, attended the full-day conference that featured sessions on cutting-edge topics.

To commemorate the occasion, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) recorded a video message recognizing the role of oncology nurses in cancer care. Specifically, the senator noted her support of nursing education, research, and workforce issues that safeguard both healthcare providers—like nurses—and the patients for whom they care.

Real-life issues regarding treatment options, patient education, palliative care, hospice care, and often end-of-life discussions are daily conversations oncology nurses have with patients and caregivers. Senator Stabenow is a champion for access and affordable health for all Americans and understands the role of the nurse in the delivery of treatment and care.

“Our group is very passionate about this organization and mentoring other nurses and students about oncology nursing,” said chapter president Heather Lowry, RN, WHNP-BC, CBCN®. “In fact many on the conference planning committee have been involved in planning the conference for each of the 25 conferences we have had. I think that speaks to the success of our chapter. We have a group of passionate nurses who are dedicated to our profession. We strive to provide the nurses in our chapter with excellent educational events, resources, and mentorship to help promote professional satisfaction and quality care for our patients."

The chapter originally started 39 years ago as the Michigan Oncology Nurses Association and became an official ONS chapter 35 years ago in November 2014.

Former ONS President Takes On New Role

Former ONS President Takes On New Role
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In her new role at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA, former ONS president Mary Gullatte will work to ensure that the organization sustains its nursing research program, evolves the nursing practice, and contributes to broader nursing knowledge.

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Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN
Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN®, FAAN, has been appointed Corporate Director of Nursing Innovation and Research of Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. In this position, she will build on a solid foundation of nursing research, create a formal nursing mentorship program, develop a process for formal peer review, assist nurses in becoming published authors and leaders of their professional organizations, and focus on health policy and scope of practice. 
“I am very excited about the possibilities of this new position at Emory Healthcare, spanning responsibility for health policy, scope of nursing practice, and nursing innovation and research across our six hospitals and many ambulatory clinics,” said Gullatte. “This also gives me the opportunity to focus on my own program of research in cancer screening and early detection among minority and underserved adults.”
Gullatte served as ONS president from 2012–2014.

ONS Receives AJN Book of the Year Award

ONS Receives AJN Book of the Year Award
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For the second consecutive year, ONS has received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in the consumer health category. This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer, written by Dr. Anne Katz, took first place.

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This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer
This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer won first place in the prestigious 2014 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards in the consumer health category. The book, an ONS Hygeia Media imprint, was written by Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, a clinical nurse specialist and AASECT-certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. 
This Should Not Be Happening: Young Adults With Cancer confronts the challenges of cancer head-on with frank, pragmatic advice and inspiration on issues unique to young adults dealing with a life-changing illness. It is based on current research, the author’s clinical expertise, and interviews with young adults experiencing a range of cancer diagnoses and their parents. 
“The AJN Book of the Year Award is especially gratifying for me, as this award is from my peers,” said Katz. “I am also pleased because this book, for and about young adults with cancer, raises an important topic in oncology care. Young adults have many unmet needs during and after their cancer treatment experience. For too long these have been ignored. This self-help book is a way of helping young adults help themselves—with the support of their healthcare providers, family, and friends.”
AJN is the nation’s oldest and largest circulating nursing journal and one of the most highly respected. Its Book of the Year Award competition draws hundreds of submissions by authors from various fields in the nursing profession. A distinguished panel of judges selects those considered to be the most valuable texts each year.

Columbus Chapter of ONS Marks 30th Anniversary

ONS Columbus Chapter Marks 30th Anniversary
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Senator Sherrod Brown celebrated the Columbus Chapter of ONS's 30th anniversary by reading a Congressional Record statement during its 25th spring conference.

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Columbus Chapter of ONS
The Columbus Chapter of ONS was honored in a Congressional Record statement by senator Sherrod Brown at their 25th spring conference. The following is the senator's statement. 
“Mr. President, I wish to congratulate the Columbus Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, or CCONS, on a legacy of excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. CCONS’s 25th Annual Spring Conference, Kaleidoscope of Oncology Care, will be held on April 3, and in May, during Oncology Nursing Month, the Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
"I would like to take a moment to reflect on the work and achievements of this valued organization and to especially recognize CCONS’s president, Bertie Ford, for her leadership. Since 1984, CCONS has worked to lead the transformation of cancer care. Its members are leaders in their communities and represent the most effective cancer care advocates in their workplaces. These oncology nurses are vital supports of patient-centered interventions, leveraging clinical knowledge and technology every day to provide the highest quality cancer care to patients not only in Columbus, but across Ohio.
"We are making progress in the fight against cancer. The five-year survival rate for all cancers among adults is 68%—a marked improvement over the mid-1970s when it was 50%. But as cancer treatment becomes more complex, the healthcare system demands higher quality and more efficient care. As Congress works to increase patient access to quality health care, I praise the commitment of CCONS in fostering excellence in oncology nursing and in the care of cancer patients.
"My mother passed away in 2009 while in hospice care. I will never forget the nurses who took care of her in such a loving way when they didn’t know her personally until those last few weeks. It made all the difference in the world to her and our family. For that, I always thank nurses and others who care for those in need. Congratulations to CCONS on its 30th anniversary and for the important work its members do in Ohio’s communities every day.”