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Honorary Member Award

Honorary Member Award
2015 Award Recipient
Michael Silbermann, PhD and Melissa A. McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT

To honor individuals who are not otherwise eligible for membership, who have made significant contributions to oncology nursing, demonstrated interest and support in ONS, and exhibited conduct consistent with the mission and core values of ONS (integrity, innovation, stewardship, advocacy, excellence, and inclusiveness).


A plaque, round-trip airfare to the ONS Annual Congress, and a one-day per diem for Congress.

Eligibility Criteria 

The individual must be nominated by an ONS member and receive final approval by the ONS awards advisory panel. In addition, the nominee’s accomplishments must be specific to the field of oncology. These contributions must be significant and must demonstrate a sustained interest in and support of ONS. A listing of these contributions must support the validity of the recognition.

Application Materials 
The following application materials are required.
  • Nomination narrative
  • Two (2) letters of support from ONS members
  • One (1) letter of support from a non-ONS member
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae
Important Notice About the Nomination Deadline 

ONS uses a vendor-supported online program for all award nomination applications. At exactly 5 pm ET on September 30, the application site will automatically shut down. Any applications that are not completed at this time will be terminated and will not be accepted. This deadline cannot be extended without prior authorization from the ONS Awards advisory panel and the ONS Board of Directors.

Submit Your Nomination 

Submit your nomination via our online system.

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 Inducts 2015-2016 Board of Directors

ONS Inducts 2015-2016 Board of Directors
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors was welcomed during the business meeting at the ONS 40th Annual Congress in Orlando, FL.

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During the ONS 40th Annual Congress in Orlando, FL, the Society welcomed the new and continuing members of its 2015–2016 Board of Directors. 
Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, continues the second year of her two-year term as ONS president. She is the Mary Ann Lee Professor of Oncology Nursing at the University of Missouri and a research scientist at Siteman Cancer Institute in St. Louis.
“The changing healthcare system creates a challenging environment for all healthcare providers,” said Barton-Burke. “The 2015–2016 ONS Board of Directors will work to ensure the organization is on track to meet its mission of promoting excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care by developing a new strategic plan and continuing to strengthen our membership and chapters.”
The president-elect is Susan M. Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, associate professor and lead faculty oncology nursing specialty at the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC. She will serve one year as president-elect followed by a two-year term as president.
The newly-elected treasurer is Kay Harse, RN, MS, AOCN®, manager of the Cancer Care Network at the University of California, Davis Health System, in Sacramento. Marlon Garzo Saria, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, FAAN, continues 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 Jeanie Rosiak, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®, CBCN, and Joni L. Watson, MBA, MSN, RN, OCN®. Rosiak is a nurse practitioner for Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group in Milwaukee and Watson is the director of the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Center, Hillcrest Medical Center, in Waco, TX. 
The ONS directors-at-large continuing their terms are
  • Donald “Chip” Bailey Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing
  • Anne M. Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP, clinical director of the solid tumor malignancy program at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA
  • Susie Newton, RN, MS, AOCN®, AOCNS®, senior director of health management solutions at Quintiles in Dayton, OH, 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.