Volume 3, Issue 2

ONS Celebrates 35 Years

A Rich History of Nurses Making a Difference

Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAANPaula Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN,
ONS Chief Executive Officer
Pittsburgh, PA

In 2010, ONS marks a celebration of 35 years as an organization. No matter how long each of us has been involved with the organization, we can reflect with pride on all that the profession, and ONS as the professional home for oncology nursing, have achieved. Perhaps our greatest accomplishment is in the development of the Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Guidelines. We have advanced chemotherapy training through the use of these guidelines and now have a significant number of trainers within the United States that have trained over 40,000 nurses since the inception of the course. ONS has standards of practice, two peer-reviewed journals, a research agenda, and national meetings that annually keep thousands of members up to date on the latest advances in oncology. The ONS Web site averages 61,000 visitors each month. In 2002, we moved into our building in Pittsburgh, PA, a testament to the growth and permanence of the organization. In the ONS family of corporations, ONCC now has over 29,000 certified nurses, and the ONS Foundation has distributed over $20 million dollars in grants and scholarships.

It takes many volunteer leaders to keep ONS successful. Over the years, countless volunteers have contributed to the organization in ways large and small. They all roll up collectively to make ONS the organization it is today. Each nurse exemplifies leadership in a variety of ways, be it in the provision of care to patients, through managing others, or serving in leadership roles within the organization. In January and February, I had the opportunity to visit with two chapters, Tucson and Detroit. I was struck once again by the incredible work that our chapters do at the local level. Chapters are the face of the organization and of oncology nursing within their local communities. Each of these chapters had activities that focused on the next generation of oncology nurses by bringing students into the chapter to expose them to the specialty. Each chapter sponsors scholarships for members or students to advance their education. Each has activities that interact with the community in a positive way.

The ONS Leadership Update is the perfect place to share project updates, successes, and/or leadership lessons learned from your own experiences. An important part of leadership development is to look at those lessons and to share them with others. That is how we grow, and that is how the organization grows.

AS ONS celebrates this milestone, I hope you will each join in reflecting on this event and what it means to you as a member and as a part of the oncology nursing profession. Thank you for all you do!


Volume 3, Issue 2

Congratulations to the Newly Elected ONS Leaders!

The 2010 election results are in! Congratulations to the following ONS members who have been elected to take a leadership role in ONS. They will begin their terms of office at the close of the ONS 35th Annual Congress in San Diego, CA, on May 16th, 2010.

Julia Eggert, RN, PhD, GNP-C, AOCN®

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN
Mary Pat Johnston, RN, MS, AOCN®

Nominating Committee
Patricia Buchsel, RN, MSN, FAAN
Linda Person, RN, MSN, AOCN®

Thank you to all of the 4,100-plus members who voted and took an active voice in this election. Of course, ONS continues to encourage increased election participation from our members. Voting is an important way to be involved in your society. It helps to insure continued strength and support for the oncology nursing profession, as well as a voice for our patients.

Also, ONS is pleased to announce that Eric Cohen, RN, BSN, OCN®, will assume the Nominating Committee chair position on May 16th. Please join us in congratulating Eric and all of the newly elected ONS leaders!

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ONS Welcomes Brian Theil

New Director of Membership/Leadership

ONS is pleased to announce that Brian K. Theil, CAE, has joined ONS as the Director of Membership/Leadership replacing Angie Stengel. Brian has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of membership development and retention, member services, and chapter relations.

Most recently, Brian served as Vice President of Member Services for the National Quality Forum, a nonprofit healthcare advocacy group. Throughout his career, he has worked for nonprofit organizations of various types and sizes, including the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) International—a professional society for laboratory managers, American Society for Metals (ASM) International—a professional society for materials engineers, and the American Chemical Society.

Brian is a Certified Association Executive (CAE [a certification from the American Society of Association Executives]). He received his bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College and pursued graduate studies at George Washington University’s School of Business and Public Management and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

Please join us in welcoming Brian to ONS!

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Volume 3, Issue 2

Honor Someone Special Reaches New Milestones

Last year, at the ONS Congress, a brand new recognition program was launched called Honor Someone Special, and nearly a year later, the program has been a huge success. Over 750 individual nominations have been posted to the Honor Someone Special Web site, all of them describing how oncology nurses have made a positive impact in the lives of patients and their families.

Honor Someone Special is helping to build community awareness as well as help develop a stronger professional image of the oncology nursing profession. The program is not an awards program, but instead it’s a campaign to recognize “moments in time” that allow patients, families, colleagues, and peers to nominate a well-deserving oncology RN for this special honor. All nominated nurses receive a nice recognition card from ONS, plus their nominations are posted on the Honor Someone Special Web site.

ONS leaders, especially the Honor Someone Special (HSS) Core Team, our ONS chapter and SIG leaders have all played an important role in promoting the Honor Someone Special program to their respective constituent groups this past year. The HSS Core Team currently is working on events and activities for 2010 and beyond, but we welcome and encourage your continued support and promotion of this wonderful program! Please visit the HSS Web site where you can download the nomination form, or for a supply of HSS nomination forms, please contact Brian Taylor at ONS (telephone: 724-859-6403).

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SIGs Participating in International Partnerships

ONS currently is rebuilding the International Affairs page on the ONS Web site, and we would like to link members who are interested in (or are already) working in various regions around the world.

ONS is finding that some SIGs are involved in international activities through individual members’ dual involvement with other professional societies, on their own, or within ONS, and we are interested to learn more about these activities. SIGs remain one of ONS’s most valuable constituent groups as well as partner groups. As such, resource sharing between ONS as a whole and our individual SIGs moves the whole association ahead.

If your SIG is involved in information sharing or other activities with international colleagues, we are very interested to learn about them! What sort of work are you collaborating on, and how did this partnership begin? Is it something that can be sustained through the SIG as leadership changes?

Thank you for your input. We are excited about the initiatives our members are taking to reach colleagues globally! Please e-mail international@ons.org.
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Has Your Chapter Considered Reaching Out Globally?

On a recent survey made available to both ONS members and potential members, the most important reason for ONS to be involved internationally was “to learn from colleagues outside the United States,” followed closely by “to partner with international organizations.”

You may be familiar with the Oncology Nurses Worldwide e-mail partnership program or the International Tiered Membership category (an online membership) for ONS members from lower resource countries. But has your chapter considered taking an active role in partnering with international colleagues?

Many chapters have made memberships available to colleagues from lower resource countries, sent publications as needed/requested, and even sponsored international colleagues to come to Congress! Some chapter members personally are involved with oncology nursing societies in countries that are anxious to learn about topics like safe handling and prevention and early detection.

Excellent and enriching ways exist to connect your chapter with colleagues and oncology nursing societies in all regions of the world, and your impact in many of these areas is significant! If you are interested in learning more or hearing from ONS chapters that are involved in international outreach, please e-mail international@ons.org or visit the International Affairs page of the ONS Web site.


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Meet up With Congress Attendees on Crowdvine

An ONS Social Network

Connect to other ONS leaders and conference attendees through Crowdvine, a social network designed specifically for the ONS 35th Annual Congress. Through this interactive platform, you’ll be able to talk to other attendees, learn more about this year’s speakers, make plans to meet up with friends and colleagues, and leave messages for other attendees.

You can even use it to connect to San Diego, CA, locals to discover the best restaurants and shopping the city has to offer.

Even if you can’t make it to Congress, sign up to see what’s going on in San Diego. Encourage your colleagues to join the Crowdvine network today too so that you can keep in touch before, during, and after Congress.

Registering is simple and only takes a minute.

  1. Visit http://onscongress35.crowdvine.com.
  2. Fill out a profile and add your photo.
  3. If you have a blog or Twitter account, add them to your profile from the "Add Feeds" option under "My Profile."
  4. Start chatting with your colleagues.

Crowdvine staff members are available to provide support, answer your questions, and give tips on how to make the most of the experience. Don’t hesitate to contact them with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you online and in San Diego!

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Volume 3, Issue 2

2010 Leadership Development Institute

October 14–17, 2010
Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree, Peachtree City, GA

Program Mission

The mission of the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is to promote oncology nursing leadership in work settings, community settings, and in ONS, preparing oncology nurses to lead the transformation of cancer care at local, state, national, and international levels.


Nurses today face more professional challenges than ever before. The nursing shortage, lack of access to care, and ever-changing advances in treatment incur more and more demands on the nurse's time. Through the ONS/ONS Foundation LDI, you will develop new and creative ways to respond to these challenges. As a participant, you will learn how to more effectively manage projects and take an active role as a leader, mentor, coach, and role model, both personally and professionally. You will strategize and develop a project action plan, enhance your presentation skills, and take home other valuable leadership tools.

LDI emphasizes the importance of networking and building professional relations with your peers, the public, politicians, and other influential decision makers. The program consists of a three-day, work-intensive and highly introspective conference, followed by 14 months of project development under the accountability of a project team leader. While measurable results are the long-term goal, the intention of the program is to develop the leadership qualities established and taught during the conference.

Whether you have aspirations to be a leader, or you're already in a leadership role and want to hone your skills, LDI is for you!

Additional information and applications are available online.


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ONS Resources of Interest

Check out ONS Board of Directors President Brenda Nevidjon’s guest commentary on Health Care Changes: How Cancer Care Initiatives Can Help, which appeared in the National Cancer Institute Cancer Bulletin along with an article about EGFR inhibitors that was written with the help of a number of ONS members titled New Cancer Drugs Bring New Side Effects, and Nurses Respond.

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Volume 3, Issue 2

Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey

The following is reprinted with permission from Lilly Oncology.

Lilly USA, LLC, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) invite those touched by cancer in the United States and Puerto Rico to submit their entries to the 2010 Oncology on CanvasSM: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.

Oncology on Canvas is presented by Lilly in partnership with NCCS, which advocates for quality cancer care for all Americans and provides tools and resources that empower people affected by cancer to advocate for themselves. The biennial competition invites individuals touched by cancer—patients, their families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare providers—to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning.

You don’t have to be a professional artist or writer—it’s the sharing of the journey that counts. By participating in the competition, you can help inspire others along the way. The artwork may be showcased in the finale event and posted on www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com. Winners select their favorite cancer charities to receive their prize donations. Following the competition, much of the artwork will embark on a nationwide tour.

Completed entries need to be postmarked by June 30, 2010. To learn more about Lilly Oncology on Canvas, download an entry packet, or register online, please visit: www.LillyOncologyOnCanvas.com, via e-mail at artdirector@mylooc.com, or call 866-991-LOOC (5662).


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Volume 3, Issue 2

ONS Board of Directors Update

Colleen Corish, MN, RN, OCN®, has withdrawn as treasurer of the ONS Board of Directors for personal reasons. She has made valuable contributions this past year and will be missed by her Board colleagues. Director-at-large Laura Fennimore, RN, DNP, has agreed to serve as treasurer for the remaining two years of the treasurer’s term. Emma Dann, MS, RN, OCN®, NE-BC, who was a director-at-large candidate on this year’s ballot, has agreed to serve the remaining two years of Fennimore’s director-at-large term. These changes have been made after consultation with the parliamentarian, legal counsel, and chair of the Nominating Committee. Any questions regarding these changes may be directed to ONS Board President Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, at nevid001@mc.duke.edu.

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