Volume 3, Issue 4

The Key to Staying Connected

Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAANIn the May article of ONS Connect that I co-authored with ONS President Carl Brown, RN, PhD, AOCN®, we wrote about how as an organization ONS is more than the sum of its parts. In reference to the important collaboration between members, volunteer leaders, and the staff, the thought was that individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean. That same premise holds true in looking at the ways in which we work together and interact with one another. ONS is a community of professionals who care deeply about providing the best possible cancer care to patients and their families. Nationally, we are a community of more than 36,000 nurses and allied specialists in all 50 states. We have more than 230 local chapters and 28 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that provide opportunities for you to meet and interact with colleagues from down the street, across town, or across the country.

When one thinks of community in the broadest sense, we seek to provide networking opportunities for members. Technology offers new alternatives to reach out and seek collaborative opportunities. Members can learn from each other, mentor each other, or find partners for projects. Together we achieve more.

Participation in your local chapter helps you to connect with peers who share your interests and who understand the challenges facing patients and their families in your particular community. It also provides a unique source of educational programming and networking opportunities. My personal introduction to ONS came about through the Houston chapter. A mentor encouraged me to join and soon I was the secretary of the Houston chapter! It was a wonderful way to meet new people, to learn about ONS as my professional organization, and to expand my horizons beyond my day-to-day job in Houston.

ONS seeks to help you to connect with nurses who are involved in your area of specialty as well. Whether your specific interest is in bone marrow transplant, breast care, or pain management (to name just a few), ONS provides you with both the breadth and depth of information, education, and networking opportunities you need, all in a single membership. In fact, the SIGs function as professional communities unto themselves, each with their own elected leaders, educational programming, meetings, and goals. You can engage these specialized groups via their Virtual Communities on the ONS Web site or at national ONS conferences. For a full listing of the 28 SIGs, visit www.ons.org/Membership/SIGs.

Social media and social networking tools offer a multitude of new ways to keep you connected with ONS, your local chapter, and your SIG. We have heard your requests for online networking solutions that are more accessible and user-friendly yet retain the key functionalities that meet your needs. To that end, staff are investigating several options that will allow ONS to launch new versions of the chapter and SIG Virtual Communities in 2011, so stay tuned.

ONS is your one-stop resource for everything you want and need to know. We strive to stay ahead of the curve through implementing new technologies. Whether your interest lies in advocating for patient care at the national level, getting involved in your local cancer community, seeking learning and networking opportunities in your area of specialty, or staying up-to-date with what other professional organizations are doing—or all of the above—ONS is here to help you on your professional journey. Your ONS membership is what you make of it, so get involved today, and help make your professional home a better place.

 

Volume 3, Issue 4

New ONS Executive Director of Shared Services Announced

ONS is pleased to announce that Kristine Burns, MBA, has accepted the position of Executive Director of Shared Services. In her new role, Kristine will serve as ONS’s senior executive for all shared services business operations including technology, financial management, office and building operations, human resources, meeting services, membership, and customer service. She also will be responsible for contract administration, risk management, and legal compliance as they relate to the shared services function.

Kristine brings broad organizational knowledge and leadership skills to the position in addition to her education and prior work experience in both the public and private sectors. During her 13-year tenure at ONS, Kristine has held various staff and leadership positions including 7 years as Director of Information Technology and the last 5 years as Chief Information Officer. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a master’s of business administration from Waynesburg College with a concentration in human resources. This newly developed position will replace the Chief Operating Officer position held by Layla Ballon, who recently retired after 30 years of service. Please join us in welcoming Kristine to her new role and in wishing her every success.

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Volume 3, Issue 4

New Technology Advisory Panel to Keep ONS Initiatives on the Cutting Edge

Like cancer care, technology is constantly changing. ONS members have expressed their desire to have access to the newest vehicles available for education, information, and communication. In response to this member feedback, ONS is implementing a Technology Advisory Panel, which will be comprised of members, technology experts, and association representatives. This group will help to guide ONS’s efforts related to its Web site, mobile apps, virtual programming, and other innovative, technology-related initiatives.

The panel will replace the current ONS Web site Editorial Board, which will be disbanded in August. Editor Deborah Braccia, DNSc, MPA, RN, OCN®, will stay on board through the end of the year to assist in the transition. ONS extends it gratitude to Deborah and the board for their hard work over the years. Their commitment and dedication have helped to make www.ons.org an award-winning Web site.

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Volume 3, Issue 4

Need Symptom Management Information? There’s an App for That!

The new ONS Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) app for iPhones and the iPod Touch gives you evidence-based symptom management information with the touch of a finger. Available through the iTunes Store, the 16 apps offer interventions for 16 common side effects of cancer and its treatment, including chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, pain, mucositis, and fatigue.

The apps follow the format of the former PEP cards, using red, yellow, and green to show the level of effectiveness of the interventions. Simply go to the iTunes Store and search for ONS PEP. There is an app for each symptom included in the PEP book. The Mucositis app can be downloaded for free; others cost $1.99 each.

The PEP apps are part of the ONS PEP initiative. Learn more about all of ONS’s PEP programs.

Mucositis App Available as Free Download
Want to get a taste of what the PEP apps are all about? Download the Mucositis app for free in the iTunes store today!

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Volume 3, Issue 4

New Health Policy Director Joins ONS

ONS is pleased to announce that Alec Stone, MPA, has accepted the position of Health Policy Director for ONS. Alec comes to ONS from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where he was Assistant Director, Federal Government Affairs. His career has been spent in the medical and health advocacy environment crafting public policy initiatives, managing government relations, building grassroots support, and moving elected officials on key issues. For more than a decade, he has been in public affairs positions and has worked with the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Anatomists, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Biophysical Society. In addition to his extensive experience on Capitol Hill, Alec possesses a master’s in political management from George Washington University, a master’s of public administration from Southern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s in history from Memphis State University. ONS is confident his skills and experience will help move ONS’s health policy agenda forward and advance our vision to lead the transformation of cancer care. Please join us in welcoming Alec to ONS.

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Volume 3, Issue 4

Two Chapters Celebrate a Milestone Anniversary

The year 2010 marks a milestone for the Chicago and Cleveland Chapters, which are celebrating their 30th anniversaries. They are the first chapters to reach this milestone. Chartered in March 1980, both chapters have helped ONS lead the transformation of oncology nursing care through educational events, mentoring, and community outreach.

Chicago Chapter
In celebration of their 30th anniversary, a pledge has been issued to chapter members. For every donation to the Oncology Nursing Foundation by a chapter member, the chapter will match up to $3,000. The pledge runs through November.

The Chicago chapter has 128 members. One hundred five members have one or more certifications through ONCC.

Certification

Number of Chapter Members Certified

AOCN®

48

AOCNS®

10

AOCNP®

10

OCN®

61

Over the past 30 years, the chapter has received various awards.

  • ONS Chapter Excellence Award in 2010
  • Friend of the Foundation Award in 2004
  • Chapter Newsletter Award in 1992
  • Chapter Newsletter Award in 1990
  • Chapter Newsletter Award in 1989
  • Chapter Newsletter Award in 1987

Cleveland Chapter
The Cleveland Chapter has 122 members. Seventy nine members have one or more certifications through ONCC.

Certification

Number of Chapter Members Certified

AOCN®

12

AOCNS®

5

AOCNP®

2

OCN®

67

Congratulations to both chapters, and may they continue great service to local oncology nurses and their communities.

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Volume 3, Issue 4

Honor Someone Special Makes a Big Splash at Minnesota Hospital

Laura Kelly, RN, OCN®
Assistant Clinical Manager Minnesota Hospital

In the past, Oncology Nursing Month came and went with little fanfare. This year, we wanted it to be different.

We, the oncology staff of Unit 2500 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN, have 38 RNs with over 420 years of combined experience, so we wanted to honor each and every nurse individually and make a display to honor our whole team. The Honor Someone Special recognition program from ONS was perfect!

We had each nurse fill out recognition forms for other nurses on the unit telling them what makes them special. We took quotes from each letter, took pictures of as many staff members as we could, and combined them all in the display case right inside our unit. Putting the theme "There when YOU need us" right in the middle really brought us all together. It turned out great! We received many compliments on the display from staff, patients, families, and visitors.

All the forms were sent to ONS, and the recognition cards for all the nurses were sent to the hospital. Our leader, Cindy, then gave each nurse her card during staff meetings to thank each nurse for her hard work and dedication.

We love what we do, we love our patients, and we love each other!

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Volume 3, Issue 4

ONS Connect Announces Themes for 2011 and Seeks ONS Members for Interviews

The ONS Connect Editorial Board met in June to select the themes and plan content for 2011. The group members carefully considered suggestions from the ONS leadership as they chose ONS Connect’s monthly topics and “Closer Look” and “Straight Talk” columns. The final list of themes follows.

  • January: Unique Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients With Cancer
  • February: Genetics—What Every Oncology Nurse Needs to Know
  • March: Issues of Part-Time and Full-Time Nurses
  • April: Nursing Informatics 101
  • May: What’s New in Neuro-Oncology?
  • June: DNP or PhD: Is One Right for You?
  • July: Enhancing the Patient Care Environment
  • August: Update on the Nursing Shortage
  • September: Emerging Nursing Roles in Interventional Radiology
  • October: Exploring the Role of Nurse Navigators
  • November: Cancer in Veterans
  • December: Recruiting Student Nurses Through Chapter Sponsorships

Now, the Editorial Board welcomes input from the leadership again. If you know of individuals working in any of these areas who you think would be good to interview, please send their names, positions, and contact information to Managing Editor Elisa Becze, BA, ELS, at pubONSConnect@ons.org. The Editorial Board strives to turn the spotlight on ONS members about whom you might not read in other places, so consider suggesting colleagues from your institutions, chapters, and SIGs. They also look for contacts who will represent the diversity of the ONS membership in regards to age, race and ethnicity, and gender.

Thank you for your help in identifying ONS members who can serve as resources in these topic areas. The ONS Connect Editorial Board looks forward to hearing from you.

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