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How Oncology Nurses Can Assist in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

How Oncology Nurses Can Assist in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ONS sends its thoughts to those impacted by the devastating floods that continue to displace and threaten thousands. 

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As news continues to emerge about the devastating damage from Hurricane Harvey, ONS sends its thoughts to those impacted by the devastating floods that continue to displace and threaten thousands. Countless emergency workers and healthcare professionals are devoting their time, efforts, and personal safety to help those in need. Institutions in the area, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, are being shut down, leading to countless patients with cancer displaced in the wake of the storm. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency in Texas and Louisiana, which provides for flexibility in documentation for Medicare benefits to allow displaced patients to have better access to uninterrupted care.  
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 Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, HHS has more than 550 personnel available to help state and local authorities respond to healthcare needs. Local organizations like the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Houston Humane Society, and the Houston Food Bank are accepting donations to assist the greater Houston area. For those currently in the area and with the ability to help, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical blood shortage and is operating with extended hours in the San Antonio area. Carter BloodCare also covers hospitals in North, Central, and East Texas and is accepting blood donations. 
Any ONS members in the affected areas who are looking for ways to help can report to your local Red Cross affiliate
As the storm makes second landfall in Louisiana, thousands more may be affected in the coming days. ONS will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

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

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


$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 
  1. Read the submission instructions.
  2. Register by creating a username and password on the awards site.
  3. Access the online nomination.
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 for complete details and the travel reimbursement policy.