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How Oncology Nurses Can Assist in the Wake of Natural Disasters

How Oncology Nurses Can Assist in the Wake of Natural Disasters
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The 2017 hurricane season has already left a wake of devastating damage from hurricanes across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, displacing and and threatening thousands of ONS members and the patients with cancer and communities they serve.

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The 2017 hurricane season has already left a wake of devastating damage from hurricanes across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, displacing and and threatening thousands of ONS members and the patients with cancer and communities they serve. Countless emergency workers and healthcare professionals are devoting their time, efforts, and personal safety to help those in need. Institutions in the affected areas have been shut down, and countless patients with cancer have been evacuated and relocated in the wake of these storms. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with local medical institutions, is working hard to ensure care remains undisrupted for patients with cancer. 

National organizations like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the AABB—who coordinate blood collection efforts during disasters—are currently accepting donations for the victims of recent natural disasters. Additionally, the HHS has been sending personnel and relief support to help state and local authorities respond to healthcare needs.

ONS members in the any of the affected areas who are looking for ways to help can report to local Red Cross affiliates for more information.

ONS Remembers Linda Person

ONS Remembers Linda Person
Friday, October 10, 2014

Prominent ONS member Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®, passed away on October 3, 2014.

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Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®
Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®, of Altadena, CA, passed away on October 3, 2014, following complications from multiple chronic conditions. Linda was a clinical nurse specialist at USC/Norris Cancer Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She was a past coordinator of the ONS Clinical Nurse Specialist special interest group and a member of the ONS nominating committee.
 
Linda was a true mentor, friend, and supporter whose tremendous accomplishments over the years outweighed her humility by leaps and bounds. She had a quiet strength and was extremely involved in her work and the professional oncology community, donating countless hours and funds to support cancer organizations. Linda loved animals and swimming, and was a private pilot who served as a major in the Army Reserves. She will be remembered for her caring, compassionate, and giving soul.
 

 

International Award For Contributions in Cancer Care

International Award For Contributions in Cancer Care
2017 Award Recipient
Julia M. Challinor, PhD, RN
Purpose 

To recognize a registered nurse or equivalent healthcare worker who has contributed to the improvement of cancer care in a country outside the United States

Award 

$500 certificate for ONS educational resources/publications (donated to the recipient's employer institution), a plaque, and travel reimbursement to attend the ONS Annual Congress

Eligibility Criteria 
The candidate must be an RN (or equivalent) who works and resides outside of the United States of America, working in any setting, who has contributed to the improvement of cancer care in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice, research, education, or administration. Examples of contributions include but are not limited to
  • Creating and implementing a program that has had an impact on cancer care in a country other than the United States, e.g., patient education program, clinical procedure/skill, and pain management
  • Demonstrating involvement in initiating or supporting a professional oncology organization (e.g., cancer society, nursing organization, cancer coalition)
  • Influencing the practice of cancer care nursing care, e.g., advocate for cancer survivors through influence on government policy/media, publications
  • Creating a change in health care and/or education standards in nursing practice, e.g., requirements for administration of chemotherapy.
Application Materials 
The following materials are required.
  • Nomination narrative statement
  • Nominee's resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two (2) letters of support from any of the following: 1) colleague, 2) patient/caregiver, or 3) employer/supervisor
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 

Online Nominations are Closed 

Our ONS Award Nomination deadline was Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST. Our ONS Award Nominations will reopen in April 2018 through September 30, 2018.

Travel Information 

ONS will reimburse the award recipient for roundtrip economy airfare to and from the recipient’s home address to the location of ONS Congress, provided the recipient makes all travel arrangements through American Express Travel, ONS’s official travel agency. Additionally, three (3) nights’ lodging will be permitted provided that the recipient makes the hotel arrangements through the ONS meetings department. Meals for a 72-hour period will be reimbursed, along with the reimbursement of certain ground transportation situations and parking, but there are limitations. Please contact awards@ons.org for complete details and the travel reimbursement policy.

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