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ONS Brings Together Health Policy Experts Patient Advocates for April Policy Summit

ONS Brings Together Health Policy Experts, Patient Advocates for April Policy Summit
Thursday, March 8, 2018

ONS will host the 2018 ONS Policy Summit on April 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC., to connect oncology nursing advocates with health policy experts to learn, discuss, and share innovative ideas to advance oncology nursing policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

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(MARCH 08, 2018) – To connect oncology nursing advocates with health policy experts to learn, discuss, and share innovative ideas to advance oncology nursing policies at the local, state, and federal levels, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) will host the 2018 ONS Policy Summit on April 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. 
 
This year’s summit, “Policy Barriers and Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners in Oncology,” will tackle several key issues in oncology nursing, especially related to advanced practice nursing and cancer care. Expert speakers from oncology and healthcare policy will share their knowledge to foster in-depth discussions about key policy topics. 
 
Presenters and attendees will collaborate on health policy issues facing oncology nursing to identify ways to work with government agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Cancer Institute, the Health Resources & Services Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to advance the quality of cancer care for all patients.
 
“The ONS Policy Summit provides a platform to bring forward important issues to oncology nurses so we can better inform our advocacy efforts in Washington, DC,” Donna Sweeney, ONS director of government affairs, said. “We look forward to lively and thoughtful panel discussions on ways to expand nursing’s scope of practice and elevate reimbursement for nurse practitioners in oncology.” 
 
The ONS policy summit, which moved to a biannual schedule this year, works to engage stakeholders from across the spectrum of oncology care, health policy, and the federal government. By bringing together representatives from professional societies, patient advocacy groups, and the pharmaceutical industry, along with decision makers from Capitol Hill and federal agencies, ONS aims to move the needle on cancer healthcare policy. ONS’s Center for Advocacy and Health Policy in Washington, DC, is coordinating the summits scheduled for April and October 2018.
 
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 Names New Chief Executive Officer

ONS Names New Chief Executive Officer
Friday, July 11, 2014

ONS is pleased to announce that Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, is named as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 1.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) today named Brenda Marion Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 1.
 
“We are excited to welcome Brenda as the new ONS CEO. Her distinguished career and leadership skill set will position ONS for the future within a complex and changing healthcare system, while achieving the ONS mission to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. It is an exciting time for ONS and the ONS Board of Directors,” said ONS President Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN.
 
“I am honored to be selected as the ONS CEO,” Nevidjon said. “I look forward to working with the Board, staff, members, and the larger cancer care community as we transform the provision of cancer care in a changing healthcare environment.”
 
Nevidjon is currently a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and coordinator of the Systems Division, which includes the nursing informatics, nursing education, and nursing and healthcare leadership graduate majors. She has had an extraordinary nursing career of leadership in service and education and was the first nurse and first woman to be chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital. Through diverse clinical and administrative experiences in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, she has devoted her energy to bridging practice settings and academic environments to advance patient care, creating innovative work environments, promoting scholarship in practitioners, and developing leaders.
 
She has helped develop professional nursing organizations at the local, national, and international levels and has made lasting contributions to ONS. Nevidjon is a past president of ONS and the ONS Foundation, has completed a term on the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum Board, and has served on other cancer-related boards, most recently the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
 
With extensive publications in the nursing literature, Nevidjon is regarded as a mentor for nurses to develop their power and voice through publication.  Her diverse contributions include two volumes of oncology nurse narratives as well as books, articles, and chapters on oncology and administrative topics, such as the role of advanced practice nurses and the nursing shortage. She consults with organizations related to work culture, team building, and leadership development. 
 
Nevidjon received the Duke School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award, the ONS Trish Greene Quality of Life Memorial Lectureship, and the American Nursing Association’s Honorary Recognition Award for her sustained contributions to the nursing profession. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Program and the Johnson & Johnson–Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
 

Oncology Nurses Advance Patient Care With New ONS Publications

Oncology Nurses Advance Patient Care With New ONS Publications
Friday, May 12, 2017
For the spring of 2017, ONS has developed six new nurse-written, nurse-focused publications, offering current, cutting-edge resources for oncology nurses seeking to improve their level of care for patients with cancer.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) developed six new publications for the spring of 2017, offering current, cutting-edge resources for oncology nurses seeking to improve their level of care for patients with cancer. These new nurse-written, nurse-focused publications examine several essential, evolving topics in oncology care.
 
ONS member and award-winning author, Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, published A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Cancer and Obesity, offering guidance to oncology nurses seeking to understand the link between obesity and cancer. Katz speaks with patients and survivors about weight management and physical activity. Each chapter addresses obstacles and issues that healthcare providers may face when discussing weight management and weight loss with their patients, and it offers helpful suggestions on how to overcome them.
 
Access Device Standards of Practice for Oncology Nursing reviews the controversies in access device care, explores the range of devices currently available, details the advantages and disadvantages of each device to ensure optimal selection based on patient needs, and discusses the key legal ramifications concerning access devices and their management. 
 
Providers are understanding the importance of physical activity in patients with cancer. Integrating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care: An Evidence-Based Approach provides essential resources to encourage and support patients to engage in appropriate levels of exercise throughout the cancer trajectory. Chapters highlight the benefits of physical activity, strategies for assessing patient motivation and adherence, how to evaluate patient tolerance, along with other useful resources for nurses, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals. 
 
Palliative care, defined as symptom management, is a critical component of care for patients at any stage of the cancer journey. Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach explores pharmacologic interventions, advance care planning, and the physiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and interventions of chronic conditions and malignancies. Case studies also highlight approaches to care for patients in need of palliative care. 
 
Oncology Nurse Navigation Case Studies uses individual patient examples to demonstrate the role of oncology nurse navigators in facilitating access to treatment, alleviating care barriers, and providing support, resources, and education throughout the disease and treatment trajectory. 
 
Developed by a task force of experts, the Oncology Nursing Society Documentation Standards for Cancer Treatment provides practitioners with documentation standards for chemotherapy and biotherapy administration, radiation therapy, blood and marrow transplantation, surgery, venous access devices, blood product transfusion, and extravasation management. 
 
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.
 
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