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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
Contact: Aaron Borchert


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.