Volume 3, Issue 3

President's Message

Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAANHave you ever felt like an imposter in your own life? Do you find yourself asking, “Am I really qualified to be a chemotherapy nurse, a nurse educator, a Chapter president, or a SIG coordinator?” As many of you know, I recently assumed the position of the President of the Board of Directors of ONS. Even with my years of leadership training, serving in numerous leadership positions, and an active life as a volunteer within ONS, I still occasionally hear a voice inside my head asking, “What if I fail?” Yes, even the President of ONS worries about failure!

I tell you this because I want you to realize that these concerns about failure and ability are very common among leaders. John C. Maxwell, the well-known author and guru on leadership says, “If you really want to achieve your dreams, you’ve got to get out there and fail. Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.” In failing forward, Mr. Maxwell is referring to learning from our mistakes and seeing them simply as a temporary setback to an eventual success. Many of us take those minor setbacks and confuse them with total failure, when, in fact, they are very different. We let our fear of failing consume us totally; many of us become crippled by that fear. I know I feel that way some days.

In the words of President Barack Obama, “Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”

So, the next time that you fail, know that “trying” as a leader is often better than doing nothing. And know that you are not the only leader who has a fear of failure. I hope to persevere through any mini-failures that may occur these next two years as President of ONS—join me in this journey of successful leadership.


Volume 3, Issue 3

Research Conference Abstracts Due June 24

Abstracts for the ONS 11th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research, February 10–12, 2011, in Los Angeles, CA, are being accepted through Thursday, June 24. Share your knowledge through one of the following.

  • Podium and Poster Sessions: Abstracts may be submitted for completed research, research in progress, evidence-based practice projects, and issues in research.
  • ONS State-of-the-Science Lectureship: This lectureship facilitates the advancement of oncology nursing science through the synthesis of current research on a specific cancer-care symptom, outcome, or issue. Abstracts may be submitted by nurse scientists at all levels of professional development.
  • Victoria Mock New Investigator Award: This award recognizes the contributions of new investigators in building a scientific foundation for oncology nursing practice. Selection will be based on the review of materials that are representative of productivity within cancer nursing research since earning a doctoral degree.
  • Special Symposia Sessions: The aim of the symposium is to comprehensively review a topic of interest to cancer nursing research with three or four speakers who exhibit expertise in the topic area. Each symposia submission, to include three or four abstracts on a specific topic, needs to be submitted by a coordinator who also may serve as one of the speakers.

There will be a late-breaking research session at the conference. A separate call for abstracts will be sent out in the fall with the specifics on submitting for this session. The top four scoring abstracts from this specific call will be chosen for the session.

For more information, instructions, or to submit an abstract, visit www.ons.org. For questions, e-mail absquestion@ons.org or call ONS toll free at 866-257-4ONS.

Submit your abstract today. Sharing your knowledge will lead to improved cancer care.

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Volume 3, Issue 3

2010 Advanced Practice Nursing Conference Abstracts Due June 29

Attention, ONS leaders! Share your knowledge at the 2010 ONS Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Conference by submitting an abstract that describes your cutting-edge original nursing research or nursing innovations in administration/leadership development, clinical/evidence-based practice, or education.

Abstracts are due June 29.

Abstracts will be blind-reviewed by APN volunteers with clinical and/or research expertise. Selection will be based on blind review. All abstracts accepted in 2010 will be presented as posters. Select presenters will be requested to oversee a round-table discussion regarding their topic.

Please note that the primary author for the abstract must be an APN. APNs may partner with nurses or other licensed healthcare professionals from another discipline (e.g., physician, pharmacist, physical therapist), but the lead author must be an APN.

Authors of accepted poster abstracts must be present at their posters during an assigned session at the conference to allow for dialog with participants. Posters should remain in place throughout the entire conference.

You can submit abstracts of your own completed work, work in progress, or work presented at the local or regional level. Abstracts may not be submitted that contain information that has been published previously or presented to national or international oncology nursing audiences. The primary author of the abstract must obtain consent from all authors and appropriate institutional clearances prior to abstract submission.

Complete conference information, including online registration, will be available in mid-July.

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Volume 3, Issue 3

ONS Nominating Committee Seeks Future Leaders

It’s that time of year again when the Nominating Committee actively seeks out talented volunteer leaders to take on one more commitment in their lives. You’ll probably want to ask, “Aren’t we doing enough?” If you’re on this distribution list, you probably have taken on a lot of responsibilities already. We on the Nominating Committee know that too. It also means that you’ve done things well, and yes, that means ONS wants you back.

I don’t think anyone reading this would disagree that these are incredibly challenging times in regard to healthcare. Much of what ONS will work toward and accomplish over the next few years will determine what the delivery of cancer care will look like in the future. Would you like to have a voice at that table? Is this important enough for you to take on one more thing? We on the Nominating Committee hope so.

If you are unsure of what’s required or have questions about the workload and time involved, please contact any member of the Nominating Committee. If we’re unable to answer your questions, we will match you up with someone who can. Some of you have attempted to run for office in the past, and lost, others have not yet tried, to all of you I quote the words of the “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, “100% of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” Take a shot. Or take another shot. The cancer community needs your voice.

This year, we are asking that you send us an e-mail by Monday, August 2, at noon (EDT) with a statement telling us of your intent to run for office. This “Notification of Intent” will help us track your submission of application materials. For those candidates who submit the “Notification of Intent,” the candidate application and all necessary materials are due by Monday, August 16. All application materials must be received by that deadline.

Thanks, and on behalf of the ONS Nominating Committee, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Volume 3, Issue 3

Apply for the 2011 Candidate Slate by August 2

Five ONS leadership positions are open for election in 2011—President-Elect (1), Director-at-Large (2) and Nominating Committee member (2). Candidates must meet the qualifications for the desired office and submit a Notification of Intent (via e-mail) to the ONS Nominating Committee by 12:00 pm EDT on Monday, August 2, 2010. For those candidates who submit the Notification of Intent, the candidate application and all necessary materials are due by 12:00 pm EDT, Monday, August 16.

Information on qualifications and job descriptions can be found online by visiting the Candidate Materials page. For more information about the open positions or the election process, feel free to contact any member of the ONS Nominating Committee.

Recognize your leadership qualities and consider running for office today. You have a leader in you!


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Volume 3, Issue 3

Turn Research Project Ideas Into Reality With ONS Foundation Small Research Grants

If you or a colleague has an idea for a research project and needs the funds to get it off the ground, apply by October 1, 2010, for an ONS Foundation small research grant.

ONS Foundation small research grants are available to nurses in all settings and at all practice levels. These $10,000 awards help nurses to

  1. Answer a clinical question that has no research evidence base.
  2. Start your program of research with small research grant funding.
  3. Conduct a pilot or feasibility study.
  4. Scientifically explore an innovative approach to patient problems and nursing interventions.
  5. Learn how to conduct research with an experienced investigator.

Get started today, as applications are due October 1. Please note that the small grant application deadline is earlier than it has been in previous years.

What if you or someone you know isn’t quite ready to apply for a grant on your own? Well, the Foundation can help with that, too. The ONS Foundation Mentored Planning Grant funds new researchers with established researcher mentors to develop a research proposal for submission for an ONS Foundation small research grant.  Applications for this $2,500 grant are due September 1, 2010.

Learn more about these and other awards and funding opportunities at www.ons.org/awards.

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Volume 3, Issue 3

ONS Board of Directors Approves the 28th ONS Special Interest Group

On May 17, 2010, the ONS Board of Directors approved the Nurse Navigator Focus Group application for Special Interest Group (SIG) status. Lori McMullen worked with Cyndi Cantril to complete the application and recruit members. Lori McMullen will serve as the SIG associate until their first election in January 2012. The initial mission of the Nurse Navigator SIG is to provide networking opportunities for nurse navigators and to promote the establishment of measurable outcomes and best practices in the field of oncology nurse navigation.

Some future plans for the SIG include the following.

  • Recruit a SIG newsletter editor.s
  • Work to develop a general template for an oncology nurse navigator job description.
  • Coordinate a relationship with the National Coalition of Oncology Nurse Navigators and the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators.

If you are interested in joining this new SIG just print out, complete, and submit the SIG application. Their Virtual Community is being developed, and you can visit in the near future.

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Volume 3, Issue 3

Honor Someone Special Recognition Program Tops 1,000!

Thanks to the promotional efforts at ONS Congress in San Diego, CA, the Honor Someone Special program topped an important milestone, surpassing 1,000 nominations in its first year of operation. This program honors registered nurses who have demonstrated excellence in oncology nursing and a commitment to quality cancer care. Honor Someone Special is a unique program designed to celebrate individual accomplishments of oncology nurses who make a difference in the lives of people with cancer and their families.

Honor Someone Special is a simple yet meaningful way to say “thank you” to a cancer nurse who promotes excellence in oncology nursing. Nominations are accepted year-round with no limitations on the number of recognitions. The only requirement is that nominees must be registered nurses. Learn more about the Honor Someone Special program. Also, if you’d like to place Honor Someone Special posters and nomination forms at your facility, please contact Brian Taylor at ONS. We thank all ONS leaders for promoting the new Honor Someone Special program!

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Volume 3, Issue 3

ONS Distinguished, Excellence, and Lectureship Awards Deadline Changed

Over the next year, the ONS awards program will be going through some processing modifications, with more information to follow. In the meantime, please note that the awards submission deadline for the ONS Distinguished Awards, ONS Excellence Awards, and the ONS Lectureship Awards has been changed from August 15 to October 31, 2010. For all other recognition programs and deadline information, please consult the official ONS awards, grants, and scholarships Web page for more information.

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Volume 3, Issue 3

ONS Social Media Policy

Technology constantly has been changing communication since the launch of the Internet. The use of e-mail and text messaging has replaced traditional memos and handwritten letters and are now regular features in the communication environment. With changes occurring to the Internet and the advent of Web 2.0, associations now have the ability to communicate with members in a more efficient manner. This is being done with the use of social media.

ONS is committed to protecting and nurturing resources of the members and the organization, strives to foster excellence in the association and the care of patients, and invites a racially diverse membership to participate in social media.

Guidelines for creating a professional online atmosphere follow.


All who participate in social media, networking sites, or blogs in conjunction with ONS are expected to

  1. Present ONS, our positions, and guidelines with credibility and integrity.
  2. Respect copyright laws and fair-use guidelines.
  3. Recognize that social media constantly is changing. ONS will respect and adhere to the rules of the social media provider and communicate appropriately with audience.
  4. Be responsible with what you write.
  5. Consider your audience.
  6. Protect personal and confidential information.
  7. Be aware of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.
  8. Note that the ONS Web site’s terms of use govern all activity within the site, including contribution of content to social media, networking sites, or blogs housed on the site or affiliated sites. When contributing to external sites, be clear about your relationship to ONS. Individuals who are not authorized to speak on behalf of ONS must take care to avoid misleading statements suggesting otherwise. Individuals should be careful not to misrepresent their authority regarding healthcare advice or recommendations.

If you have any questions, please contact the Membership Team at membership@ons.org.

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