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Employer Recognition Awards

Employer Recognition Awards

The Employer Recognition Awards acknowledge employers who honor and show exemplary support for registered nurses in oncology. Each award allows the institution to further support oncology nurses by granting sets of free registration to an ONS educational activity and credit for ONS publications or other items.

Institutions that demonstrate a commitment to the ONS mission, vision, and values are strong candidates for the Employer Recognition Awards. Examples of support include helping employees to attend ONS meetings or CNE opportunities, actively promoting ONS publications, recognizing ONS members or supporting their annual dues, and supporting participation in ONS chapters or special interest groups.


Awards are granted to the employer based on size category.

Small (0–25 oncology nurses)

Two (2)  free registrations to an ONS educational activity
$250 ‘ONS Bucks’ to use for publications or other items

Medium: (26–100 oncology nurses)

Three (3) free registrations to an ONS educational activity
$500 ‘ONS Bucks’ to use for publications or other items

Large: (101 or more oncology nurses)

Four (4) free registrations to an ONS educational activity our registrations
$750 ‘ONS Bucks’ to be used for publications or other items.

In addition, Employer Recognition Award recipients will be featured in an issue of ONS Connect. ONS will work with the award recipients' local chapter for recognition at a chapter meeting. 

ONS will not be responsible for any expense incurred by the recipients associated with receiving the award.

Eligibility Criteria 
Award consideration is based on sustained support of the oncology nurse by the employer, as evidenced by one or more of the following examples.
  • Employer’s support of the members to attend ONS meetings such as the Annual Congress.
  • Employer’s support for the member to attend CNE events.
  • Use and promotion of ONS materials such as publications.
  • Employer’s support of the member’s annual ONS dues.
  • Employer’s support of employee involvement in ONS at the national, chapter, or SIG level. 
  • Recognition of ONS members in numerous ways in the facilities where they work.
  • Other measures of recognition, appreciation, encouragement, and advancement of ONS
Application Materials 

Nominations may be made by individual ONS members or by a group of member nurses employed at the same facility. The award nomination form must be submitted along with a maximum of 10 pages of supporting documentation. Selection will be made by the ONS Board of Directors following recommendations by the ONS awards advisory panel.

Current ONS Board members are prohibited from nominating any employer during and for two years immediately following their service. The employers of current ONS Board members are not eligible to be nominated for the Employer Recognition Award during the board member's term.

View past recipients of the Employer Recognition Award.

ONS Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

ONS Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ONS's top leadership, led by incoming president, Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, take office at its 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) announced its 2014–2015 Board of Directors at its 39th Annual Congress in Anaheim, CA.

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, takes office in her two-year term as ONS President. She is the Mary Ann Lee professor of oncology nursing at the University of Missouri and research scientist at Siteman Cancer Institute in St. Louis.

Continuing in her role as treasurer is Tracy K. Gosselin, RN, PhD, AOCN®, associate chief nursing officer and assistant vice president at Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Health System in Durham, NC. Marlon Garzo Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, continues in his role as secretary. He is an advanced practice nurse researcher at the University of California, San Diego.

Newly-elected ONS directors-at-large are Donald “Chip” Bailey Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor, Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC, and Colleen O’Leary, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, clinical nurse specialist at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, OH.

ONS directors-at-large continuing their terms are Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®, assistant professor/nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Anne M. Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP, clinical director, solid tumor malignancy program at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA, and Susie Newton, RN, MS, AOCN®, AOCNS®, senior director, Health Management Solutions, Quintiles in Dayton, OH.

ONS director-at-large Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, CRNP, AOCNP®, stepped down from the Board in March 2014. The Board of Directors voted to have director-at-large Vicki Norton, MHA, RN, OCN®, whose term would have expired this year, extend her term for one additional year to fill the unexpired portion of Biedrzycki’s term. Norton is the clinical nursing director at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

 “As an organization, we find ourselves working toward achieving ONS’s mission and vision within a complex and changing healthcare system,” said Barton-Burke. “The 2014–­2015 ONS Board of Directors will be envisioning the future of oncology nursing and patient care by selecting a new chief executive officer, developing a new strategic plan, and continuing to strengthen our membership and chapters. It is an exciting time for ONS and the ONS Board of Directors.”

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.