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ONS and Walgreens Forge New Partnership for Oncology-Trained Pharmacists

ONS to Provide Oncology Training for Walgreens Pharmacists
Thursday, September 15, 2016

To continuously improve the quality of care for patients with cancer as they progress through the treatment of their disease, ONS and Walgreens pharmacies have announced a new collaboration.

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ONS and Walgreens have embarked on a new collaboration to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer as they progress through the treatment of their disease. As part of this collaboration, select Walgreens pharmacists will join ONS and gain access to oncology-specific resources, which will allow them to provide specialized care for patients with cancer. This collaboration will help to ensure that the Walgreens pharmacy staff have the latest, evidence-based standards and guidelines for oncology care. 

Through the use of ONS-created educational materials, the pharmacists will be able to interact with and learn from the clinical and operational training that ONS provides. Training will include instruction for blood, prostate, colon, lung, and breast cancers, the latter of which is being developed and curated by ONS. 

The collaboration will leverage the expertise of ONS’s resources with the reach of Walgreens pharmacies throughout the country. Michele McCorkle, RN, MSN, ONS executive director, said, “As ONS advances the quality of cancer care and patient and staff safety, we believe our educational content and programs are excellent resources for many healthcare professionals caring for patients with cancer.” 

In the coming months, ONS and Walgreens will be working to create additional resources to support the training and integration of pharmacists into the cancer continuum. ONS is continuing to develop quality oncology resources for industry professionals to train their representatives and healthcare providers who are working with patients with cancer. 

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


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