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ONS Leader Named New Mexico’s Secretary of Higher Education

ONS Leader Named New Mexico’s Secretary of Higher Education
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ONS leader Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, adds Madam Secretary to her impressive resume as she is named New Mexico's Secretary of Higher Education. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez praised Damron for her extraordinary work in nursing higher education.

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ONS members know that the sky is the limit for their friends and colleagues. When a nurse gains higher office, it is a special testament to the work of all nurses as advocates. As part of a lifetime of achievement, Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing, was appointed as the state’s latest Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED). She began her duties on January 5.
 
In an announcement made by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Damron was praised for her extraordinary work in nursing higher education. Citing New Mexico’s commitment to healthcare, STEM programming, and access to educational advancement through state investment, the governor believes that New Mexico will continue to provide more opportunities for its citizens under Damron’s stewardship.
 
“I’m confident that Dr. Damron will push aggressive reforms to help us keep college affordable, graduate more students in less time, and prepare the workforce New Mexico needs through our community colleges and universities,” said Governor Martinez.
 
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Damron was the director of the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Office of Community Partnerships & Cancer Health Disparities and of the Hispanic and Native American Community Outreach program at the University’s Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated center in the state. Damron was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institute of Medicine Congressional Health Policy fellow and worked as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Her wealth of knowledge and experience allowed UNM President Bob Frank to say, “It’s rare to get an appointment with such extensive experience in government and education.” 
 
Damron has served on the ONS Board of Directors, was chairperson of the chapters committee, and was the founding president of the San Antonio Chapter of ONS and is now a member of the Albuquerque Chapter of ONS.  She was also president and treasurer of the ONS Foundation and led one of the Foundation’s most successful fund-raising campaigns. She attributes her work at ONS as important to this position. 
 
“ONS has been and continues to be a pivotal part of my professional life,” said Damron. “The leadership positions I held in ONS and the ONS Foundation allowed me to obtain critical skills that are now playing a major role in my work with the executive branch of state government.” ONS lauds Damron’s continued accomplishments and congratulates her on this appointment as she, like every nurse, changes people’s lives for the better.
 
Read the governor's full announcement.
 

ONS Names Ellen Carr as Incoming CJON Editor

ONS Names Ellen Carr as Incoming CJON Editor
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ONS appoints Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN®, as editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, effective the beginning of July. 

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen Carr, RN, MSN, AOCN®, as editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON), effective July 1, 2017. A previous CJON associate editor and current CJON consulting editor, Carr is also a clinical educator in the Multispecialty Clinic at the Moores Center UCSD Cancer Center in La Jolla, CA, supporting the clinic’s team of nurse case managers. In addition, she is enrolled at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego, pursuing a PhD in nursing. She brings extensive experience in print and online media to the CJON editorship.
 
“I am honored to be named editor-elect of CJON, championing this essential, visionary journal,” Carr said. “I thank current CJON Editor Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, AOCNP®, FAAN, and previous CJON Editor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, who, along with all previous CJON editors, the CJON Editorial Board, and the ONS Publications Department, have established journalistic excellence lifting oncology nursing clinical practice. Rest assured, I relish the opportunity to contribute to CJON as it continues to influence evidence-based, innovative clinical oncology care.”
 
Throughout her 30-year career as an oncology nurse, Carr has authored and contributed to numerous publications, including articles in CJON, ONS News, as well as other prominent oncology nursing journals and textbooks. She brings a wealth of oncology expertise and clinical perspective to her new role. Her publications have included such topics as oncology nursing essentials, head and neck malignancies, and cannabis use among patients with cancer. She’s authored courses for oncology nurses, including Understanding Cancer, Cancer Treatment Modalities, and Cancer Nursing: A Solid Foundation for Practice. Carr is also a contributing author to ONS’s Oncology Nurse Navigator Core Competencies. 
 
CJON has had outstanding editors in its history and Ellen Carr will continue that tradition,” Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, ONS chief executive officer, said. “Her background as a journalist prior to becoming a nurse suits her well for this position. Having worked together many years ago on ONS News, I know personally the quality of her work and have seen her publishing expand through the years.”
 
CJON is an official publication of ONS and is directed to the practicing nurse specializing in the care of patients with an actual or potential diagnosis of cancer. CJON is a vehicle to promote the mission of ONS, which is to advance excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. The CJON mission is twofold: to provide practical information necessary to care for patients and their families across the cancer continuum and to develop publication skills in oncology nurses.
 
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.
 
Contact: Aaron Borchert

 

ONS Endorses the American Academy of Nursing Policy Brief on Support for the Rights of LGBT Individuals Who Are Hospitalized

ONS Endorses the American Academy of Nursing Policy Brief on Support for the Rights of LGBT Individuals Who Are Hospitalized
Monday, April 6, 2015

ONS strongly endorses the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) policy brief that supports equal hospital visitation and decision-making rights to same-sex spouses or partners.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Board of Directors, at its March 2015 meeting, endorsed the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN's) February 2015 policy brief, “Same-Sex Partnership Rights: Health Care Decision-Making and Hospital Visitation.” The brief supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who are hospitalized to have the right to visitation by their family of choice, or designee; to have access to their hospitalized loved ones; and to make decisions on their behalf. Supporting equal hospital visitation and decision-making rights to same-sex spouses or partners contributes to respectful healthcare treatment for all patients. 
 
“ONS strongly supports equal rights for LGBT patients and their families and opposes any discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ONS has a history of supporting human rights and equal healthcare rights for all patients and their families, as well as advancing a culturally competent healthcare workforce,”  said Margaret Barton-Burke, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of ONS.
 
The AAN policy brief builds on its 2012 position statement on health care for sexual minority and gender diverse populations. It was developed by the Academy’s Expert Panel on LGBTQ Health.
 
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.
 

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