Our Reason to Be

Cancer is an epidemic, and the fight against it is being waged every minute of every day in health systems around the world. Oncology nurses are at the forefront of this battle, delivering care, carrying out clinical trials, and advancing evidence-based research.

ONS nurse caring for patient

Nursing is a calling. And oncology nursing is a calling like no other. The collective, specialized experience and expertise that our nurses possess has the power to transform cancer care for the better, forever.

This is our reason to be. We provide these amazing women and men with a community where they can learn, share, and flourish. Where they have a voice. And where they are celebrated.

The enormous contributions that our nurse members, nurse scientists, and nurse teachers have made since our inception in 1975 has made the Oncology Nursing Society who we are today: the standards bearer of advanced cancer care.

Through ONS, cancer caregivers at any point on the clinical ladder are able to advance their learning and careers, understand and contribute to oncology science and best practices, advocate for their profession, and ultimately advance our cause—to continuously improve the quality of cancer care and the lives of every nurse who provides it.