Volume 8, Issue 1

Looking Forward to the Next 40

Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAANJanuary begins our 40th anniversary year and a time to reflect on the leaders past and present who have grown ONS to the organization it is today. I wonder if the charter members and first Board ever imagined the ONS of today. With a membership of more than 36,000, we are one of the larger specialty nursing organizations and cancer organizations. Our voice is heard in Washington as we advocate for our patients and their families. Our researchers continue to build the science of oncology nursing and cancer care. Our advanced practice nurses are creating new models of cancer care delivery. However, the majority of our members are in direct care in the hospital, ambulatory practice, or home settings and fulfill a component of the ONS mission of quality cancer care on a daily basis.

A mission statement is the North Star for an organization and declares our reason for being. It, along with our vision statement, sets and keeps the direction for its members and staff. Our archives told me that initially, ONS was guided for 40 years by a philosophy and purpose. Handwritten notes from 1976 indicate excellence of patient care in the philosophy. In 1986, our first mission statement was approved and guided our strategic planning. Subsequently, leaders developed a vision statement to describe our desired future and strategic priorities to propel ONS forward locally, nationally, and internationally.

In January, the ONS Board; Nominating Committee chair; and leadership staff; and the executive directors and presidents of the ONS Foundation, ONS Edge, and the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation will engage in identifying the strategic priorities to shape the next strategic plan. This will be the first time we have undertaken a strategic planning process that is inclusive of these entire volunteer and staff voices. Our healthcare environment continues to change, creating new opportunities and challenges not only for our work organizations, but also for professional associations. Not unlike the charter members and first ONS Board, we will envision a future for ONS and the prioritized actions that will take us there. Forty years from now, how will ONS look and what will the members then see when they look back at our history? My hope is that quality is still part of the mission and the members are preparing for the next 40!


Volume 8, Issue 1

40 Under 40: ONS Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Congress Scholarships for Emerging Chapter Leaders

To commemorate the past 40 years of ONS and look forward to the next 40, the ONS Foundation, with the generous support of the ONS–Lilly Oncology Advancing Patient Care Project, is offering 40 Congress scholarships for emerging chapter leaders under the age of 40. Recipients will receive an educational scholarship for up to $1,200 to fund their trip to the ONS 40th Annual Congress in Orlando, FL.

Think you fit the bill? Apply now to be considered for a scholarship. You’ll need to have one of your chapter officers fill out a Chapter Recommendation Form to accompany your application, available on the homepage of the Chapter Officers Virtual Community.

Not under 40, but know an emerging leader? Encourage your eligible colleagues to apply. If you’re a chapter officer, you can get them started by filling out the Chapter Recommendation Form in advance, available on the Chapter Officers Virtual Community.

Applications are due January 21, 2015. Take advantage of this special opportunity and apply today.

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Volume 8, Issue 1

Take Your Practice to the Next Level at the ONS 40th Annual Congress

Registration is now open for the most comprehensive oncology nursing conference in the country. Whether you’re a brand new RN, seasoned advanced practice nurse, researcher, administrator, or anywhere in between, Congress can help you reach new heights in your professional life. Here are some things that you can take away from this year’s 40th Annual Congress, April 23-26 in Orlando, FL.

Learn from acclaimed nursing leaders at the forefront of cancer care. For example, Oncology Nursing Forum Editor Anne Katz, RN, PhD, will present Psychosocial Challenges for the Young Adult With Cancer—How Can We Help? She’ll address the issues affecting the 70,000 young adult patients diagnosed every year and provide take away tools to use in your work with these individuals, their partners, and families.

Earn up to 30 contact hours of continuing nursing education. At Congress, you’ll be surrounded by the latest developments in oncology nursing. Increase your value to your employer and boost your confidence in the workplace by attending sessions such as Leadership Survival Skills or Care Coordination Throughout the Cancer Trajectory. Better yet, explore the schedule to find sessions that speak to your individual interests or educational needs.

Share ideas and knowledge with other oncology nurses from across the United States and the world. This is your chance to form connections that may last a lifetime. Spend three days with other nursing professionals from all parts of the world, learning from one another and gaining insight into different parts of the profession. Take the time to connect with peers who understand your challenges and successes. But most importantly, enjoy the camaraderie and share in the excitement for the career you’ve chosen.

Register by March 1 and save $105 with early-bird pricing.

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Cast Your Vote! The ONS Elections Are Happening Now

As an oncology nurse leader, you know all too well that some things are out of your control. From the major things, like how a patient reacts to treatment, to the smaller things, like how busy your shift will be. Take advantage of what you can change. Vote in the ONS election, and impact the future of oncology nursing.

Support your candidate and your chapter! The chapters with the highest voting percentages will be awarded $750 each, with a winning chapter chosen from each of the five chapter size categories. The polls are open now, so it’s time to get creative. Hold chapter voting events at your next meeting, offer a drawing for members who turn in their voter confirmation page, or contact members of your chapter for ideas on how to use the prize money.

Even more, each week of the election, ONS will draw a winner of a $50 Starbucks card from the pool of members who have voted. The earlier you vote, the better your chances are to win.

Since its official incorporation in 1975, ONS has become a leader in cancer care, due in part to members like you. It’s your turn to decide who guides ONS into this next year. But first, get to know your candidates. View a short presentation introducing each of the candidates now.

The ONS national election runs until Friday, February 13. Case your vote today.

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Volume 8, Issue 1

Increased Funding for Academic Scholarships

Are you looking for ways to go back to school but not sure you can afford it? In the changing field of oncology, education is the key to ensuring up-to-date, quality patient care. That’s why the ONS Foundation has increased funding for its 2015 academic scholarships.

The ONS Foundation wants to help you offset the cost of a better education. Scholarships, ranging from $3,000–$7,500, are available for students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and clinical or research doctoral degrees. Let your New Year start with a commitment to quality patient care and apply today. The deadline for applications is February 1.

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