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ONS and Walgreens Forge New Partnership for Oncology-Trained Pharmacists

ONS to Provide Oncology Training for Walgreens Pharmacists
Thursday, September 15, 2016

To continuously improve the quality of care for patients with cancer as they progress through the treatment of their disease, ONS and Walgreens pharmacies have announced a new collaboration.

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ONS and Walgreens have embarked on a new collaboration to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer as they progress through the treatment of their disease. As part of this collaboration, select Walgreens pharmacists will join ONS and gain access to oncology-specific resources, which will allow them to provide specialized care for patients with cancer. This collaboration will help to ensure that the Walgreens pharmacy staff have the latest, evidence-based standards and guidelines for oncology care. 

Through the use of ONS-created educational materials, the pharmacists will be able to interact with and learn from the clinical and operational training that ONS provides. Training will include instruction for blood, prostate, colon, lung, and breast cancers, the latter of which is being developed and curated by ONS. 

The collaboration will leverage the expertise of ONS’s resources with the reach of Walgreens pharmacies throughout the country. Michele McCorkle, RN, MSN, ONS executive director, said, “As ONS advances the quality of cancer care and patient and staff safety, we believe our educational content and programs are excellent resources for many healthcare professionals caring for patients with cancer.” 

In the coming months, ONS and Walgreens will be working to create additional resources to support the training and integration of pharmacists into the cancer continuum. ONS is continuing to develop quality oncology resources for industry professionals to train their representatives and healthcare providers who are working with patients with cancer. 

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.

 

State of the Union Address Has Implications for Oncology Nurses

State of the Union Address Has Implications for Oncology Nurses
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

President Obama's State of the Union address touched upon several issues affecting oncology nurses, including the need for affordable healthcare coverage, federal investment in biomedical research and development, and educational opportunities for higher education and graduate degrees.

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Like many Americans, ONS members watched the State of the Union address to seek insight on national issues that affect us. With the economy, health care, and education topping the list of the President's concerns, oncology nurses have many opportunities to provide their expertise.

On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered the first speech to a Joint Session of Congress that was later to be called the State of the Union. We still celebrate this rich, historic event as President Barack Obama continues a 225-year tradition mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

Using the State of the Union to update members of Congress and discuss his legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session, President Obama emphasized programs that he hopes will benefit the middle class. Issues he mentioned that place nurses are at the forefront of the discussion are

  • The need for all to have affordable healthcare coverage;
  • Continued federal investment in biomedical research and development
  • Educational opportunities for higher education and graduate degrees.

Other priorities include

  • New executive action that will help more Americans purchase a home
  • New steps to help more Americans access #BetterBroadband
  • A new proposal to make two years of community college free for students
  • Extending sick leave to working families
  • Tripling the Child Care Tax Credit
  • Granting college students up to $2,500 in aid
  • Expanding employer retirement funds for workers. 

The U.S. Congress will review and debate this agenda and may authorize legislation around these issues in the coming months. President Obama assured Congress that he will work with them to advance their mutual goal of buildinga stronger America. He insted that a new dynamic is in place, and that Americans are demanding full cooperation through bipartisanship, 

Read the full State of the Union address.

ONS will continue to advocate for issues important to our members. Learn more about our legislative and regulatory agenda items

ONS Appoints New Editor of CJON

ONS Appoints New Editor of Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Monday, November 3, 2014

ONS will welcome Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, BC, AOCNP®, as the new editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) in June 2015. Sheldon is an oncology nurse practitioner and assistant professor who served as a former associate editor for CJON. 

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Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, BC AOCNP
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is pleased to announce that Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, BC, AOCNP®, has accepted the role of editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) effective June 1, 2015. She will serve as editor elect under current editor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, starting in January. Sheldon is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and an oncology nurse practitioner in the Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Her program of research has focused on communication and psychosocial concerns of people living after a diagnosis of cancer. She served as a past associate editor for CJON.
 
“It has been my pleasure to be involved with CJON for almost 10 years as an author, peer reviewer, writing mentor, and an associate editor,” said Sheldon. “Throughout my career, I have witnessed the impact of oncology nursing practice on the outcomes of people living after a diagnosis of cancer. I am honored to follow Deb Mayer as editor and continue the important mission of CJON, delivering the information oncology nurses need to deliver the best patient care.”
 
“We’re very pleased to welcome Lisa to the ONS publishing team as the new editor of CJON,” said Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, chief executive officer of ONS. “Her distinguished background and qualifications will provide a seamless transition over the next few months. Our sincere thanks go to Deb Mayer for her remarkable leadership and development of CJON as a premier journal over the past eight years.” 
 
CJON, published bimonthly, 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.
 

Columbus Chapter of ONS Marks 30th Anniversary

ONS Columbus Chapter Marks 30th Anniversary
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Senator Sherrod Brown celebrated the Columbus Chapter of ONS's 30th anniversary by reading a Congressional Record statement during its 25th spring conference.

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Columbus Chapter of ONS
The Columbus Chapter of ONS was honored in a Congressional Record statement by senator Sherrod Brown at their 25th spring conference. The following is the senator's statement. 
 
“Mr. President, I wish to congratulate the Columbus Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, or CCONS, on a legacy of excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. CCONS’s 25th Annual Spring Conference, Kaleidoscope of Oncology Care, will be held on April 3, and in May, during Oncology Nursing Month, the Society will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
 
"I would like to take a moment to reflect on the work and achievements of this valued organization and to especially recognize CCONS’s president, Bertie Ford, for her leadership. Since 1984, CCONS has worked to lead the transformation of cancer care. Its members are leaders in their communities and represent the most effective cancer care advocates in their workplaces. These oncology nurses are vital supports of patient-centered interventions, leveraging clinical knowledge and technology every day to provide the highest quality cancer care to patients not only in Columbus, but across Ohio.
 
"We are making progress in the fight against cancer. The five-year survival rate for all cancers among adults is 68%—a marked improvement over the mid-1970s when it was 50%. But as cancer treatment becomes more complex, the healthcare system demands higher quality and more efficient care. As Congress works to increase patient access to quality health care, I praise the commitment of CCONS in fostering excellence in oncology nursing and in the care of cancer patients.
 
"My mother passed away in 2009 while in hospice care. I will never forget the nurses who took care of her in such a loving way when they didn’t know her personally until those last few weeks. It made all the difference in the world to her and our family. For that, I always thank nurses and others who care for those in need. Congratulations to CCONS on its 30th anniversary and for the important work its members do in Ohio’s communities every day.”
 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces New Model for Cancer Care

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces New Model for Cancer Care
Friday, February 27, 2015

A new multi-payer payment and care delivery model for cancer care will encourage participating practices to improve care and lower costs.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new multi-payer payment and care delivery model for cancer care. Beginning in spring 2016, the Oncology Care Model will encourage participating practices to improve care and lower costs through episode-based, performance-based payments that financially incentivize high-quality care. Practices will enter into payment arrangements that include financial and performance accountability for episodes of care surrounding chemotherapy administration to patients with cancer.

Under the new model, Medicare cancer beneficiaries undergoing treatment will have 24-hour access to practitioners. Participating practices will receive monthly care management payments during an episode for each Medicare fee-for-service beneficiary to support oncology practice transformation, including the provision of comprehensive, coordinated care. The performance period of the model is five years, and episodes of care within the model are defined as six months of chemotherapy treatment.  

The Oncology Nursing Society had previously sent a comment letter to CMS regarding the elements of an alternative payment model for oncology care that are of particular importance to its members. Physician group practices and solo practitioners that provide chemotherapy for cancer and are currently enrolled in Medicare must apply to participate in the initiative by April 23.


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