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Message From the ONS Chief Executive Officer

paula riegerPaula Rieger, RN, MSN, AOCN®, FAAN
Pittsburgh, PA

ONS has a rich history of partnership with other organizations in the cancer community. Currently, ONS is a participant in the Cancer Competency Initiative with C-Change. As many of our leadership groups want to develop programs that provide oncology-based education to non-oncology nurses, this is a wonderful resource for ONS and its members.

The C-Change Cancer Core Competency Pilot Project was spearheaded by C-Change, a non-profit organization composed of members representing the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Its mission is to eliminate cancer as a public health problem at the earliest possible time by leveraging the expertise and resources of its members.

From prevention to survivorship, the shortage of trained oncology healthcare workers is a challenge for patients who need care. Many health professionals work with patients with cancer and their families but do not have the cancer care training needed. It was decided that core competencies in cancer care are needed for all healthcare professionals in an effort to create a broader, non-oncology workforce.

C-Change implemented a Cancer Core Competency Pilot Project to assess the aggregated utility of the C-Change Cancer Core Competencies in improving the knowledge and performance of non-cancer specialist healthcare professionals through educational interventions. Specifically, the objectives of this were to

  • Define implementation methods for various organizations, disciplines, and geographic areas.
  • Implement program plans across various settings to evaluate the applicability of the competencies and utility of the implementation tools.
  • Evaluate the impact of the program on professional competency and attitudes.

As an ONS leader, you may want to identify ways within your community and local healthcare institutions to promote and use these competencies in education and training programs.

To see the entire Cancer Core Competency Pilot Project Evaluation Report, please click here.


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LDIThe 2008–2009 Leadership Development Institute

Tanya Brubaker, RN, BSN, MBA, OCN®, CCRP
2008–2009 LDI Project Team Chair

Kate Shaughnessy, BA
Member Relations Manager, ONS Membership/Leadership Team

The 2008–2009 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) project team is pleased to announce that we received over 100 applicants for the program this year! Fifty participants were chosen with great difficulty because an overwhelming number of qualified candidates applied. We also are pleased to announce the guest attendance and participation of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO-ACIO) President Kim Chapman, RN, MSC(N), CON(C), and Vice-President Jennifer Wiernikowski, BSCN, RN, CONCCJ. We were delighted that they joined us and hope that they took away positive experiences from LDI that can be developed in Canada or used to create partnership opportunities with ONS.

The conference took place this year from October 23–26, 2008, at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree outside of Atlanta, GA. ONS Board of Directors President Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, opened the conference on Thursday evening by welcoming the participants, introducing the next 14 months of project development, and offering some personal introspection. As one of the original LDI founders in 1997, Brenda offered a particularly poignant perspective of the decade of influence that LDI has seen.

Featured presenters throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference offered a wide variety of leadership styles. LDI participants heard from an attorney, a psychologist, and a communications expert as well as ONS member Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, AOCN®, and ONS Foundation President Maggie Frogge, RN, MS. The 2008–2009 LDI Project Team members, many of whom also presented throughout the weekend, included Tanya Brubaker, RN, BSN, OCN®, CCRP, Eric Cohen, RN, BSN, OCN®, Lori Williams, PhD, RN, AOCN®, AOCN®, Nancy Delzer, MSN, MBA, AOCN®, BC-PCM, and Amy Sims, RN, MBA, MSN, HCA.

We look forward with great anticipation to another exciting group of fellows! In its 11th year, LDI continues to grow and evolve to ensure the highest quality leadership training and personal development for our oncology nurse leaders.
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trophyONS Awards Team Is Pleased to Announce That 2009 Will Be a Competitive Year of Applications

We received many high-quality nominations in the following award categories.

  • Clinical Lectureship
  • Distinguished Award for Scholarship and Consistency of Contributions to the Oncology Nursing Literature
  • Distinguished Researcher
  • Distinguished Service
  • Excellence in Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Excellence in Care of the Older Adult with Cancer
  • Excellence in Medical Oncology
  • Excellence in Oncology Nursing Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Excellence in Oncology Nursing-Sensitive Patient Outcomes
  • Excellence in Patient/Public Education
  • Excellence in Radiation Therapy
  • Excellence in Surgical Oncology
  • Excellence in Survivor Advocacy
  • Excellence in Symptom Management
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Linda Arenth Excellence in Cancer Nursing Management
  • Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education
  • Pearl Moore “Making a Difference”
  • Public Service
  • Trish Greene Quality of Life Lectureship

Thank you to everyone who nominated a colleague for these awards! Highlighting the accomplishments and best practices of your peers and maintaining the prestige of the oncology nursing profession through this special recognition is very important.

The ONS Awards Team did not receive nominations in the following categories.

  • Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
  • Excellence in Nursing Informatics
  • International Award for Contributions in Cancer Care

To maintain funding for recognition of these important areas and subspecialties, we must maintain a strong pool of applicants. Please consider who you might nominate next year for these awards! Also, remember the Chapter Excellence and SIG Excellence awards, which we received several applications for this year. These awards provide an excellent way to highlight the endeavors of your chapter or SIG and to encourage your oncology nursing peers to adopt new and creative ideas within their own chapters and SIGs.

The 2009 awards also are featuring two new pilot ventures: a blind review of the Excellence awards and an electronic means of scoring. Many of the reviewers utilized the new awards virtual office to retrieve their score sheets and complete an online evaluation. This is part of a consistent effort to move the awards toward a completely electronic submission and scoring system, eliminating human error and facilitating greater ease, convenience, and inclusiveness for reviewers.

Any suggestions, questions, or concerns you have regarding the ONS awards always are welcome and appreciated and may be directed to Kate Shaughnessy at KShaughnessy@ons.org.

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Newsletter Editors: Take Ownership of Your Publication to Achieve Results

As the editor of your ONS chapter or SIG newsletter, you play a vital role in ONS and the services that the Society provides to its members. Your newsletter represents not only ONS but also your chapter or SIG, so you should take ownership of it to effectively present your group to its members.

Content development is your first opportunity to take ownership of your newsletter. Ask yourself what your members need to know. Newsletters can be used to educate members; inform readers about news in their chapter or SIG or in ONS; or connect members with each other. Consider the suggestions of others (especially if they are volunteering to write the article they are suggesting), but also use your own judgment and discretion. Because you are the editor, you decide what ultimately ends up in your newsletter.

Enlist the help of other chapter or SIG members, friends, and colleagues to write articles for your newsletter. After a writer has submitted an article, review it and offer constructive suggestions if necessary. This will not only raise the quality of your newsletter, but the author likely will appreciate the feedback and the chance to improve his or her writing.

Finally, be involved in the copy editing and layout of your newsletter. If your chapter newsletter uses a designer, work with that person to achieve the results you want. SIG newsletters work a little differently than chapter newsletters; they are sent to ONS for copy editing and layout. When you receive your SIG newsletter for review before it gets sent out to members, donít hesitate to discuss any suggestions you have with the copy editor. ONS copy editors are trained in English and grammar but do not have a background in nursing or oncology, so they rely on you to ensure that the oncology nursing aspects of your newsletter are clear and correct. They are happy to work with you to achieve this result.

Although newsletters are a group effort, as editor, you lead the process. By taking ownership of your publication, you ensure that your newsletter is educational, informative, and well received by readers and positively represents your chapter or SIG.

Note. ONS staff members always are available to provide assistance and support in any aspect of newsletter publication. Feel free to contact ONS Chapter Administrative Assistant Judy Stein (jstein@ons.org) or Membership/Leadership Specialist—SIGs Carol DeMarco (cdemarco@ons.org) at any time, and they will direct you to the appropriate staff member for assistance.

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New Bone and Cancer Foundation Publications Available

Chapter presidents can use the following information in their newsletter and/or tell members about these new patient information booklets at their next meeting.

The Bone and Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide information to patients with cancer and their family members on the causes and current treatments of cancer that involve the bone. The foundation has five new patient publications available. They are
  • Breast Cancer, Bone Metastases, and Treatment-Related Bone Loss
  • Myeloma Bone Disease: Current and Future Treatment
  • Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: Information for Cancer Patients
  • Prostate Cancer, Bone Metastases, and Treatment-Related Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency: Information for Cancer Patients.

Free copies of these patient booklets can be obtained by completing the request form on the Bone and Cancer Foundationís Web site. You also will find a link to the Bone and Cancer Foundation on the ONS patient site.

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