Volume 6, Issue 4

Letís Lead the Transformation of Cancer Care Together

Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP, BC, AOCN®, FAAN

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower said that leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Leaders set the tone, pace, and mood for those they lead. Peter Drucker wrote that leadership is doing the right things while management is doing things right.

Of the types of leadership styles, the emerging type for today is transformational leadership. This style advocates for leadership through motivating others to act. A transformational leader provides inspiration, which acts as a catalyst to motivation by tapping into one’s beliefs, values, and sense of moral and professional purpose. This generates problem-solving strategies and tactics that are new and innovative.

The 2nd annual ONS Connections: Advancing Care Through Science conference promises to be a forum for innovation, bringing together advanced practice nurses and nurse scientists to lead the transformation of cancer care together. This partnership between science and practice brings together the best of both worlds. Mark your calendar because you have a personal invitation to connect with peers and colleagues this November in Dallas, TX.

At Connections, you will find advanced practice nurses, nurse scientists, and experienced oncology nurses attending with a common goal: to learn how they can work together to improve patient outcomes. With your presence, you’ll help to propel the most promising innovations in cancer care.

Every event at Connections is built on collaboration, new ideas, and fresh thinking. Sessions are led by speakers who are passionate about empowering nurses—those like keynote speaker Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, who has dedicated her career to training nurses and educators to take charge and implement evidence-based practice.

Dr. Melnyk’s vision for culture change—that is, helping others step outside the box—is so strong that she founded an institution at Arizona State University to make evidence-based practice teachable. But you don’t have to form a center to feel at home at Connections. This conference is for anyone with a thirst for knowledge, a desire to hear from the best and brightest in oncology nursing, or a passion for changing one thing in the practice or research setting that will have a positive impact on care outcomes for patients with cancer.  

Come to the Connections conference to spend three days being a part of transforming the future of cancer care. This intimate gathering of oncology nurse leaders represents the strength of our profession, setting the stage for a promising exchange of ideas.

Let’s connect at the 2013 ONS Connections conference in Dallas from November 8–10. See you there!


Volume 6, Issue 4

Use the ONS Leadership Competencies for Self Assessment

Many have seen the ONS Leadership Competencies, found on the ONS Leadership Virtual Community, but how can they be used in practice? A session held at the Chapter Leadership Weekend in Pittsburgh this summer titled “Leadership Competencies: Building a Strong and Energetic Chapter Board” explored this topic. Debra Hillman from Indiana and Ann Jones of Iowa explored the challenges faced by chapters in engaging the membership and the issues faced as chapters strive to develop future leaders. The development of the leadership competencies was discussed, and attendees brainstormed how they may be used in practice.

The competencies may be used for self assessment. A self-assessment tool was developed from the document and distributed at the session.  Identifying one’s strengths and areas for improvement will help the individual nurse to design a personal, educational, and developmental plan. They can also be used to assess the strengths of those on the team or chapter board.  An assessment may guide the group to hold an inservice on a relevant topic or to address the needs in a meeting.

Additionally, the competencies may help when recruiting nurses to serve on the board for your local chapter or into a professional position. By reviewing the skills needed in a particular role, the strengths of applicants can be assessed, and an orientation plan or developmental plan initiated quickly.

The topic of mentorship was discussed in several of the sessions.  Working with a mentor during the self assessment and goal-writing processes will help to encourage future professional growth.

Detailed capabilities of the ONS Leadership Competencies have not yet been fully defined.  Please share your ideas and suggestions for using the document in your professional employment, volunteer work, or for your personal development.  We’d love to hear your feedback at education@ons.org.

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Volume 6, Issue 4

ONS Member News Highlights You and Your Peers

Be sure to check out the Member News area of the ONS website. It highlights members who have won awards and honors and taken on new professional positions. Here are just a few of the most recent highlights.

  • Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®, Named to Fulbright Roster
  • Thirteen ONS Members Named Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing
  • Sylvia Estrada, RN, DNP(c), WHCNP, CBCN®, is Multicultural Scholarship Recipient
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Welcomes Marie Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, NP-C, AOCN®, ACHPN, FAAN

Email Jeanette Kent at jkent@ons.org if you’d like to highlight a member accomplishment.

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