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What is recommend for inpatient nurses and others who do not frequently work with chemotherapy and biotherapy?

If you do not need an extensive chemotherapy education, or are looking for more basic information, ONS offers the Chemotherapy Biotherapy: Fundamentals of Administration online course. This course also offers an ONS Provider Card. Learn the difference between the two ONS Provider Card courses with this informational chart.

The intended learner for the certificate course is a nurse who has knowledge of cancer basics and is in a position to regularly administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. Although these characteristics are not prerequisites to participate in the course, the course does build on a foundation of cancer knowledge, with the learner earning a certificate of added qualification upon successful completion.

The course is not an introductory program and should not be used as a first step in orientation for nurses with little or no understanding of the use of chemotherapy and biotherapy. 

ONS Members Appointed to Cancer Moonshot Working Groups

ONS Members Appointed to Cancer Moonshot Working Groups
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

 Three ONS members have been appointed to the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel working groups, which will identify major areas of opportunity that could lead to significant breakthroughs in cancer research.

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June 14, 2016—The National Cancer Moonshot Initiative Blue Ribbon Panel announced the formation of seven working groups that will identify major areas of opportunity that could lead to significant breakthroughs in cancer research. Three ONS members have been appointed to two of these working groups. Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN (pictured left with Vice President Joe Biden), University of North Carolina School of Nursing, and Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN, Huntsman Cancer Institute, have been appointed to the Implementation Sciences Working Group. Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN, Billings Clinic, will serve on the Expanding Clinical Trials Working Group. Mayer is also a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel.
 
According to the National Cancer Institute, the Implementation Sciences group will focus on studying the impact of cancer on large populations to inform the policies, practices, and programs that will directly affect patients. The group is also tasked to assess and develop best practices for distributing new information about cancer prevention, survivorship, risk assessment, treatment, screening, and prognosis. They will also focus on providing easy, real-world interventions to enable clinical workers and healthcare professionals to share emerging cancer knowledge with their colleagues, patients, and caregivers. Mayer and Mooney will bring their experience as nurse researchers to help inform the group’s work.
 
Increasing participation in clinical trials has been a key focus for the Cancer Moonshot since it was first announced during the president’s State of the Union address in January 2016. Brant, along with other oncology experts, will examine emerging clinical trials procedures that focus on the molecular makeup of many different cancers. Their work will also focus on increasing the number of clinical trial candidates, making trials broadly accessible to patients who are interested in participating.  
 
“The Cancer Moonshot initiative has provided a golden opportunity for all of us involved in cancer care to take a step back and ask, how can we redesign cancer care for the future?” Brant said. “I feel privileged to work with such a brilliant group of scientists, brainstorming strategies on our calls, to take science to the next level, improve access to clinical trials and late-breaking treatments, and to address disparities in inequitable care that exists within our current systems. As a team, we continue to ask ourselves, ‘What about the patient? What will our efforts mean to patients? Does it make sense? Will access be easier?’ Overall, being a part of the Cancer Moonshot work has been an honor, and I am pleased to share the voice of oncology nursing and the community.”
 
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 www.ons.org.
 

ONS Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices

ONS Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

After undergoing a rigorous evaluation and receiving high marks on an employee survey, ONS has won the 2014 When Work Works Award, which honors employers who create effective and flexible workplaces. 

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has been honored for a second consecutive year with the 2014 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.
 
The prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in the Pittsburgh area and across the country. When Work Works is a national project that shares research results on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community. As an award winner, ONS ranks in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies, and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.
 
“We are proud to receive this recognition of our workplace practices and to be recognized as a leading employer of choice by demonstrating success in using flexibility as part of an effective workplace strategy,” said Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, chief executive officer of ONS.
 
The award is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify in the top 20% of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace. Factors are associated with employee health, well-being, and engagement and include the following.
 
• Opportunities for learning
• A culture of trust
• Work-life fit
• Supervisor support for work success
• Autonomy
• Satisfaction with earnings, benefits, and opportunities for advancement
 
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. Learn more at www.ons.org.   
 

About When Work Works

When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research, and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious annual When Work Works Award, which recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success. Visit www.whenworkworks.org.  
 
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