Volume 18, Issue 1, March 2007
The Nurse Practitioner SIG Newsletter is underwritten through a grant from Amgen Inc.
Coordinator’s Message
SIG Members Should Collaborate to Accomplish Goals

Wendy H. Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP
Bristol, TN

Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist, once said, "Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world. In fact, that is all that ever has!" This is collaboration. It can be defined as the "act of working together with one or more people in order to achieve something" (MSN Encarta, 2006). Synonyms for this word include teamwork, partnership, group effort, association, alliance, relationship, and cooperation.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG is third largest SIG in ONS. As of December 31, 2006, we have 1,214 members. And, as advanced practice nurses, we are poised to be leaders in oncology nursing. But great leaders are also great collaborationists! We must work together to address the many problems that healthcare faces today. We also must reach beyond ourselves to partner with others to achieve our purpose. Besides common goals and shared objectives, collaboration calls for mutual trust and respect, open communication, and complementary yet diverse skills and knowledge. Collaboration allows us to see beyond our own limited boundaries and beliefs to examine other ideas and viewpoints and enables us to conceive results that would not be possible alone.

With this in mind, I would like to present to you some opportunities for collaboration. Take a look at our virtual community. You will notice that we have added a new section called Collaborative Corner. This is an area where NP SIG members can post collaborative needs. Instructions for using this resource are on the virtual community.

As your SIG coordinator, I have been discussing collaborative ideas with Oncology Nursing Forum Editor Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson, MN, RN. We have been brainstorming on ways we can work together on some mutual goals. One item discussed is how advanced practice nurses use ONS journal articles. We need evidence-based knowledge, and ONS journal editors are striving to provide that. To meet this mutual goal, we can collaborate with ONS journal editors to inform them how we use certain journal articles. If you have read a particular journal article and have used it in your practice, please e-mail the journal editor with that information, letting the editor know what was particularly helpful, what was not helpful, and what else you would have like to discovered in that article. It would be helpful if you would copy your note to the editor to both Rose Mary (ONFEditor@ons.org) and me (wvogel@charter.net)when you do so.

Speaking of editors and writing, I have more exciting news. Annette Kuck, RN, MS, CNP, AOCN®, of Minneapolis, MN, has accepted the position of the NP SIG newsletter editor. Congratulations to Annette!

We also have another exciting collaborative opportunity. Catherine M. Bender, PhD, RN, the coordinator of the Advanced Nursing Research SIG, informed me that her SIG would like to collaborate with us in the development of research ideas that are pertinent to oncology NPs. They are interested in any research ideas or needs that we may have that can be developed jointly. Be thinking about this, and read Catherine's article in this newsletter for more information.

It is time to update our SIG strategic plan. Your collaboration in this is important as the NP SIG plans for the future. Please take a look at our strategic plan and let me know what you think should be revised. You will then have the opportunity to vote on these changes.

Other collaborative opportunities are available outside ONS as well. NPs are ideal persons to serve on cancer boards, community projects, hospital committees, legislative committees, search panels, advisory boards, and so much more. One that easily comes to mind is our collaborative support of the National Nurse Act (more information is noted in this newsletter). Or become a member of the Community Oncology Alliance or perhaps if you are a college faculty member or a student, join or start a Colleges Against Cancer program (through the American Cancer Society). So many opportunities are available, and so much collaboration to be done. So get out, and be a collaborationist!

MSN Encarta. (2006). Collaboration. Retrieved January 29, 2007, from http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_1861598563/collaboration.html

The Nurse Practitioner SIG Newsletter is produced by members of the
Nurse Practitioner SIG and ONS staff and is not a peer-reviewed publication.

Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Editor’s Message
It's Always Something

Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CRNP
Baltimore, MD

Gilda Radner, perhaps most famous for her entertaining antics on Saturday Night Live from 1975–1980, frequently said as her character Roseanne Roseanna Danna, “It’s always something!” She was referring to the hassles and challenges she faced in everyday life. Just when you think life is going fine, something else happens. In her autobiography of the same title, she invoked the saying that brought her notoriety on Saturday Night Live to reflect her challenges with ovarian cancer.

Gilda’s famous words came to mind while I was contemplating the American Medical Association (AMA) Resolutions 902 and 904. Just when nurse practitioners are finally obtaining some well-deserved recognition from the public and our healthcare colleagues, the nation’s largest and most well-known medical organization denounces our role with attempts to restrict our scope of practice. AMA, whose logo includes “helping doctors help patients,” may not be considering the health of the nation when advocating in their resolutions to restrict nurse practitioners from making diagnoses and interpreting diagnostic tests. AMA indicates that these actions are only in the realm of medicine and, therefore, are only within the scope of physicians’ practice.

Be sure to read the letter to the AMA from ONS President Georgia Decker, MS, RN, CS-ANP, AOCN®, and ONS Chief Executive Officer Paula Trahan Rieger, RN, MSN, AOCN®, FAAN, at http://onslists.ons.org/trk/click?ref=zqsqluigo_0-204x33aex3120682. It contains an excellent overview of AMA’s resolutions, a request for documentation supporting their claims, and a request for a collegial discussion.

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Nurse Practitioner SIG News

Join the 2007 Nurse Practitioner SIG Editorial Team
Would you be interested in joining the Nurse Practioner (NP) SIG Newsletter Editorial Team? This is an opportune time to volunteer and join in as the newsletter has a new leader. Annette Kuck, RN, MS, CNP, AOCN®, will become the NP SIG Newsletter editor with the next issue.

The NP SIG produces three newsletters a year. The new Editorial Team will have several months to work together for the next issue. The newsletter time line allows NP SIG members the flexibility to work this volunteer opportunity into your schedule.

It really doesn’t take too much time and can be lots of fun! Please contact Annette at kuckhouse@aol.com or Barb Biedrzycki at NPBiedrzycki@aol.com with your interest and questions.

Nurse Practitioner SIG Enters the SIG Newsletter Best Article Competition

Almost 100 Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG members who have either previously written for the newsletter, have current or had previous leadership roles, or were randomly chosen from the new member list were invited to vote for their choice for the NP SIG’s entry to ONS’s SIG Newsletter Best Article competition. Twelve articles were eligible from the three 2006 NP SIG newsletters. Judges selected the entry based on whether the article is timely, relevant to SIG members, supports the SIG’s mission, has an impact on the reader (understands and addresses reader needs), is well-written (clear, concise, readable, and grammatically correct), and demonstrates a creative or fresh approach to the subject matter.

Congratulations to the authors of the 2006 NP SIG Newsletter’s entry for ONS’s SIG Newsletter Best Article Award: “The Doctorate of Nursing Practice: Synopsis of Literature and Practicing Advanced Practice Nurse Concerns,” by Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®, and Barbara Gobel, RN, MS, AOCN®.

You can review Wendy and Barbara’s article at

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Get to Know the Nurse Practitioner SIG Virtual Community

Jennifer Wulff, MN, ARNP, OCN®
Virtual Community Administrator
Seattle, WA

Did you know that a wealth of information is available to you on the Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG Virtual Community? The virtual community is for oncology nurse practitioners just like you. It is run by your fellow nurse practitioners, and we are tailoring it to fit our needs.

I don’t know about you, but before I started managing the virtual community, I was vaguely aware that it existed but was unsure of what it was for or even how to find it. So here is how to get to our community: The direct Web address is http://nursepractition.vc.ons.org. To access it from the ONS Web site, go to the Membership tab at the top of the page, then select Chapters, SIGs and Virtual Communities (from the menu bar on the left). Next, select ONS Special Interest Group Directory, and then Nurse Practitioner. This will take you to the virtual community and our newsletter. Once there, you can find lots of valuable information.

I keep saying that we have a lot of stuff on the site, so what is located there? On the front page, you will find announcements from the SIG and ONS, information on CE opportunities, an area to find out about mentoring, and access to different documents that you may find helpful. In tailoring the site to fit our needs, we have added a new section called Collaborative Corner. This is an area where NP SIG members can post collaborative needs. For instance, you might need to refer a patient to a different area of the country and want some information about oncology services in that area. Perhaps you are seeking a colleague to coauthor a book, or maybe you need research participation. Collaborative Corner is on the front page of our virtual community, along with a lot of other information.

Beyond the front page you will find About Us, which explains what the NP SIG is and our goal and mission statement. Under News, you will find the minutes from the meetings and our SIG newsletter. Calendar is where we can post meetings, CE offerings, and other important dates. Discussion is probably one of the most important parts of our virtual community. This is where you can communicate with other oncology NPs in a discussion board format. Are you having problems with a specific drug? Are you looking for a protocol to perform a procedure? Here, you can get other NPs’ perspectives on the issues. Other NPs may be experiencing the same problems that you are and have found a solution that works. So take a look, and see what is happening out there.

Our virtual community offers many wonderful features. If you would like to see something that is not there, contact us. This is our virtual community, and it should meet our needs. I encourage you to take a few minutes to go to the site and see what it has to offer.

Call for Collaboration
Here is our first entry to the NP SIG Virtual Community’s Collaborative Corner.

I am seeking a coauthor with breast cancer screening experience to develop an article on the challenges of managing breast cancer screening for women who have had free silicone injections for breast augmentation. This type of breast augmentation dates back to 1950s, and although it has not been prevalent in the United States, it is not uncommon in other parts of the world. I have a handful of women with free silicone injected breasts who I follow as part of our Asian Women’s Breast Cancer Screening program. I have reviewed the literature, and we have made some recommendations for screening in our program. Anyone interested should feel free to contact me at msinger@tufts-nemc.org. —Marybeth Singer, MS, APRN-BC, AOCN®

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Nurse Practitioner SIG Challenges SIGs in Advocacy Effort

The ONS Nurse Practitioner SIG has issued a challenge to the other SIGs in an effort to increase participation in the ONStat program. The SIG with the largest percentage increase in ONStat participation will win recognition on the SIGs Virtual Community and in ONS Connect and SIGnal articles.

ONS members who enroll in ONStat are contacted when their elected officials are critical to legislative issues that ONS wants to influence in some way. Background material on such issues is provided to help members respond. Form letters are not used, but sample letters are provided, along with legislators' contact information.

Current percentages of SIG members who are registered with ONStat follow.

SIG Percentage of Members in ONStat
Clinical Nurse Specialist 27%
Pharmaceutical/Industry Nursing 24%
Nurse Practitioner 23%
Management and Program Development 22%
Ethics 22%
Cancer Genetics 20%
Transcultural Nursing Issues 20%
Survivorship, Quality of Life and Rehabilitation 19%
PNI and Complementary Therapies 18%
Neutropenia 17%
Clinical Trial Nurse 17%
Advanced Nursing Research 16%
Ambulatory/Office Nursing 16%
Targeted and Biological Therapies 16%
Neuro-Oncology 16%
Spiritual Care 16%
Radiation 15%
Staff Education 15%
Pain Management 15%
Prevention/Early Detection 15%
Lymphedema Management 14%
Breast Care 13%
Hospice 13%
Psychosocial 12%
Home Care 11%
Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant 10%
Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult 9%
Surgical Oncology 9%
Acute and Critical Care 8%
Chemotherapy 7%

Note. This article originally appeared in the January 2007 SIGnal Newsletter (Vol 16, No. 1, http://onsopcontent.ons.org/Publications/SIGnal/signaljan07/article4.html).

For the 73% of Nurse Practitioner SIG members who are not yet registered with ONStat, please consider joining ONS's electronic grassroots advocacy network at www.ons.org/lac/onstat.shtml. You will become part of a virtual response team: When a legislative issue has the potential to affect oncology nursing or patients with cancer, ONS will send you an e-mail with concise and clear information and sometimes an electronic link through which you can respond to a call for action. The ONStat system remembers your name and contact information as well as that of your representatives in the Senate and House. The ONStat system is so user friendly that it takes very little time away from our many other responsibilities.

However, if you have some time and want to be more informed on health policy issues, the ONS Legislative Action Center is the place for all of your health policy needs. In addition to learning about health policy priorities, Congressional correspondence, and issue briefs, you can learn more about

  • Advocacy 101: Making a Difference (a self-paced online continuing education program)
  • CHEAR: The Capitol Hill Electronic Advocacy Report e-newsletter
  • Nursing in Washington Internship Program
  • Registering to vote
  • Tips on and tools for advocacy.
You may have noticed that the Nurse Practitioner SIG holds the third seat in the ONStat standings. Help us to be number one—register with ONStat today!

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Special Message From the Advance Nursing Research SIG
Partnership Will Help Advance Important Areas of Research

Catherine M. Bender, PhD, RN
Advanced Nursing Research SIG Coordinator
Pittsburgh, PA

The Advanced Nursing Research (ANR) SIG is excited to announce a new initiative. Members of the ANR SIG are interested in partnering with members of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG on the development of research ideas that are important to your area. Many members of the ANR SIG already serve as research mentors through the ONS mentorship program, and some are also members of the NP SIG. We are interested in learning about research ideas of importance to your area of specialization and how we can collaborate to facilitate the development of your ideas.

To that end, we soon will be conducting an assessment of ANR SIG members to discern their interest in forming research collaborations with members of other SIGs. We will then notify your SIG coordinator about the outcome of our assessment and learn about your important research ideas. Our goal is to identify research mentors who have knowledge and expertise in your area of specialization and facilitate the development of partnerships to advance your ideas. We hope that these collaborative efforts will lead to the advancement of nursing science in your area and build the knowledge base for evidence-based practice. We are looking forward to this exciting new initiative.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Help Support the Office of the National Nurse

Teri Mills, RN, MS, ANP
President, National Nursing Network Organization
Tualatin, OR

Few would argue that this nation’s health and healthcare system are, quite simply, a mess. In fewer than nine years, health care in the United States is projected to cost $3.6 trillion, or about 19% of the gross domestic product. Insurance costs throughout the country are skyrocketing, prescription drugs are unaffordable, we have a severe shortage of nurses, and individual health is worsening. Recent research studies have shown a significant increase in obesity among America’s children and adults, which leads to major health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

A little more 20 months ago, these were the words I penned and sent to eight of the nation’s major newspapers as the first paragraph in an editorial I had written titled “Call for a National Nurse.” Some of you may know the result—“America’s Nurse,” an edited version, was published in the NY Times and what followed was the beginning of the campaign for an Office of the National Nurse.

Terri Polick, RN, a psychiatric nurse and nurse writer from Maryland, read the piece, and within weeks we both headed to Capitol Hill to have face-to-face meetings with Congressional Representatives Lois Capps (CA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), and Carolyn McCarthy (NY). All three were very enthusiastic about the prospect of creating an Office of the National Nurse, and Capps said that she would introduce a bill to create this position. Upon returning to Portland, OR, I learned that Alisa Schneider, RN, MSN, a recent graduate from the George Mason University master’s program, would be joining the faculty at Portland Community College where I teach. Alisa had studied health policy in her graduate work, and she coauthored the original proposal for the Office of the National Nurse.

On March 8, 2006, Capps introduced HR 4903, the National Nurse Act of 2006, into the 109th Congress. Alisa, Terri, and I formed a grassroots coalition, the National Nursing Network Organization, and saw the proposal as one way to address the health needs of the American public and make an Office of the National Nurse become a reality. Terri is now the vice president and Alisa is the secretary and founding member of the National Nursing Network Organization.

HR 4903 does not call for another committee or task force to study the problem of America's healthcare crisis; as nurse practitioners, you are all too aware of the epidemics of preventable conditions causing enormous suffering and bankrupting our pocketbooks.

The intent of the proposal is to have nurses, a respected and trusted group, deliver the message of prevention to every American by collaborating with existing groups such as the Office of the Surgeon General, the Quad Council, and others. These health promotion messages would be broadcast on television and radio and posted on the Internet in multiple languages. The messages would be repeated and reinforced in community programs run by volunteer National Nurse teams, who would be able to adapt the delivery according to their own population's needs.

In the proposal, we suggested having four educational programs, each occurring nationwide on the same day, to heighten awareness and to increase participation. Nurses could volunteer to deliver a single program, requiring as little as two to four hours per year. Most nurses and nurse practitioners volunteer in some capacity throughout the year because they recognize that serving the public and teaching others what nurses do are essential.

Furthermore, nurses are the great communicators as well as the backbone of the health industry, and we are capable of making a real difference in educating people so that they can live a healthy lifestyle. Patient education is center to what defines the nursing profession. As nurse practitioners, we know that the best way to empower our people and to keep them healthy is to teach them wellness and health promotion. This coincides with our desire to remain in the forefront of efforts to prevent disease and promote health.

As our country faces a national shortage of nurses, an additional benefit of establishing an Office of the National Nurse is that it will serve as a beacon of inspiration to motivate the best and brightest of our nation’s students to choose nursing as a lifetime career.

HR 4903 is already gaining broad bipartisan support. Forty-two members of the House of Representatives had signed on to the bill at the end of the 109th Congress. The National Nurse Act of 2006 also has been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers–National, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, California School Nurses Organization, California Nurse Practitioner Organization, National Association of Independent Nurses, American Association of Women in Community Colleges, Democracy for America, OR Manager, RN magazine editorial support (January 2006), Democratic Party of Oregon and Iowa, American Association of Community Colleges, Emergency Medical System of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, 1,940 signers on the online petition, and others.

As advocates and leaders in the public health arena, we value your opinion and welcome your participation in this effort. Visit www.nationalnurse.org, sign the online petition, and submit your e-mail address to receive the newsletter updates. Write your national organization to encourage their support.

“It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages.“ —Francis Wayland

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Congratulations to the American Journal of Nursing 2006 Book of the Year Award Winners From ONS

Advanced Practice Nursing
First place: Clinical Manual for the Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse (2nd ed.), edited by Dawn Camp-Sorell, MSN, FNP, AOCN®, and Rebecca A. Hawkins, MSN, ANP, AOCN®

Electronic Media
First place: Radiation Oncology Nurses Enhancing Excellence, edited by Marilyn L. Haas, PhD, RN, CNS, ANP-C

Gerontologic Nursing
Second place:
An Evidence-Based Approach to the Treatment and Care of the Older Adult With Cancer, edited by Diane G. Cope, PhD, ARNP, BC, AOCNP, and Anne M. Reb, MSN, NP

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
First place:
Psychosocial Nursing Care Along the Cancer Continuum, edited by Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson, RN, MN, Linda M. Gorman, RN, MN, APRN, BC, OCN®, CHPN, and Nancy Jo Bush, RN, MN, MA, AOCN®

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

News From the ONS National Office

Registration for the ONS 32nd Annual Congress Is Now Open
Everyone's a winner at the ONS 32nd Annual Congress, to be held April 24–27 in Las Vegas, NV. You can earn approximately 20 contact hours at Congress, the number-one conference for cancer nurses. If you register by March 12, you can save $100 through an early-bird discount. For more information, visit www.ons.org/meetings/congress07.

Nurse Practitioner SIG-Sponsored Congress Events
Monday, April 22, 2007
9 am–1 pm
Pre-Congress Session 3: Evidence-Based Approach to the Care and Management of Vascular Access Devices
2–6 pm
Pre-Congress Session 3: Evidence-Based Approach to the Care and Management of Vascular Access Devices
Pre-Congress Session 6: Interpreting Peripheral Smears: Application to Advanced Practice Oncology
Tuesday, April 23, 2007
1:30–3 pm
Instructional Session 1: The Reality of Cognitive Dysfunction in Cancer

Celebrate Oncology Nursing Month in May 2007
Oncology Nursing Month recognizes oncology nurses, educates the public about the specialty, and provides you with an opportunity to hold special educational events and celebrate the accomplishments of oncology nurses. Become an ambassador for your profession. You can educate your patients and the public about the importance of oncology nursing! Visit http://onslists.ons.org/trk/click?ref=zqsqluigo_0-204x3266x3120682 for more information.

Mark Your Calendar for the Annual APN Conference
The conference will be held November 8–10, 2007, in Chicago, IL. For more information, visit www.ons.org/ceCentral/conferences/apn.shtml.

ONS Virtual Communities
The ONS Virtual Communities are located in the Membership area of the ONS Web site at www.ons.org/membership/chapters.shtml. This page is the gateway to the ONS Chapter, Student, Diversity, and SIGs Virtual Communities.

Need a Mentor? We Can Help
Are you new to nursing or oncology? Need some help and guidance as you start your career? Check out ONS mentoring programs today at www.ons.org/membership/mentoring/index.shtml.

Get Information on Nonpharmacologic Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures
ONS now offers two new ways to gain valuable information on the care of patients with cancer. Earn free CE through the new, interactive webcast, Nonpharmacologic Approaches to the Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures, at http://onsopcontent.ons.org/Education/Webcasts/vertebral/index.shtml. Also, check out the new newsletter, Vertebral Compression Fractures in Oncology: Clinical Review and Case Studies, at http://onsopcontent.ons.org/Education/Webcasts/vertebral/newsletters.shtml.

Register Now for New Lung Cancer Online Course
Worth 14.2 contact hours, the ONS Site-Specific Cancer Series: Lung Cancer Online Course provides the cutting-edge information you need to truly understand the many complexities of lung cancer diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management. The next course starts March 1. Learn more at http://onslists.ons.org/trk/click?ref=zqsqluigo_0-204x3235x3120682.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Articles of Interest
Nurse Practitioner SIG Members May Enjoy These Recently Published Articles

Check out the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) for interesting articles about advanced practice nursing.

For access to the full-text versions of these and other CJON articles, visit the Publications area of the ONS Web site.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

Membership Information

SIG Membership Benefits
  • Network with colleagues in an identified subspecialty area around the country.
  • Contribute articles for your SIG's newsletter.
  • Participate in discussions with other SIG members.
  • Contribute to the future path of the SIG.
  • Share your expertise.
  • Support and/or mentor a colleague.
  • Receive information about the latest advancements in treatments, clinical trials, etc.
  • Participate in ONS leadership by running for SIG coordinator-elect or join SIG work groups.
  • Acquire information with a click of a mouse at http://sig.vc.ons.org/, including
    • Educational opportunities for your subspecialty
    • Education material on practice
    • Calls to action
    • News impacting or affecting your specific SIG
    • Newsletters
    • Communiqués
    • Meeting minutes.

Join a Virtual Community
A great way to stay connected to your SIG is to join its Virtual Community. It's easy to do so. All you will need to do is

  • Log on to the ONS Web site (www.ons.org).
  • Select "Membership" from the tabs above.
  • Then, click on "Chapters, SIGs & Virtual Communities."
  • Scroll down to "Special Interest Groups (SIG) Virtual Community" and click.
  • Now, select "Find a SIG."
  • Locate and click on the name of your SIG from the list of all ONS SIGs displayed.
  • Once the front page of your SIG's Virtual Community appears on screen, select "New User" from the top left. (This allows you to create log-in credentials.)
  • Type the required information into the text fields as prompted.
  • Click "Join Group" (at the bottom right of the text fields) when done.
Special Notices
  • If you already have log-in credentials generated from the ONS Web site, use this information instead of attempting to generate new information.
  • If you created log-in credentials for the ONS Web site and wish to have different log-in information, you will not be able to use the same e-mail address to generate your new credentials. Instead, use an alternate e-mail address.

Subscribe to Your SIG's Virtual Community Discussion Forum
All members are encouraged to participate in their SIG's discussion forum. This area affords the opportunity for exchange of information between members and nonmembers on topics specific to all oncology subspecialties. Once you have your log-in credentials, you are ready to subscribe to your SIG's Virtual Community discussion forum. To do so,

  • Select "Log In," located next to "New User," and enter your information.
  • Next, click on the "Discussion" tab on the top right of the title bar.
  • Now, select "Featured Discussion" from the left drop-down menu.
  • Locate and select "Subscribe to Discussion" inside the "Featured Discussion" section.
  • Go to "Subscription Options" and select "Options."
  • When you have selected and entered all required criteria, you will receive a confirmation message.
  • Click "Finish."
  • You are now ready to begin participating in your SIG's discussion forum.
Participate in Your SIG's Virtual Community Discussion Forum
  • First, log in. (This allows others to identify you and enables you to receive notification [via e-mail] each time a response or new topic is posted.)
  • Click on "Discussion" from the top title bar.
  • Select "Featured Discussion" from the left drop-down menu.
  • Click on any posted topic to view contents and post responses.

Sign Up to Receive Your SIG's Virtual Community Announcements
As an added feature, members also are able to register to receive their SIG's announcements by e-mail.

  • From your SIG's Virtual Community page, locate the "Sign Up Here to Receive Your SIG's Announcements" section. This appears above the posted announcements section.
  • Select the "Click Here" feature, which will take you to a link to subscribe.
  • Once the "For Announcement Subscription Only" page appears on screen, select how you wish to receive your announcements.
    • As individual e-mails each time a new announcement is posted
    • One e-mail per day comprised of all new daily announcements posted
    • Opt-out, indicating that you will frequently browse your SIG's Virtual Community page for new postings
  • Enter your e-mail address.
  • Click on "Next Page."
  • Because you have already joined your SIG's Virtual Community, you will receive a security prompt with your registered user name already listed. Enter your password at this prompt and click "Finish."
  • This will bring up a listing of your SIG's posted announcements. Click on "My SIG's Page" to view all postings in their entirety or to conclude the registration process and begin browsing.
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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2007

SIG Name SIG Officers

Wendy Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCN®
Bristol, TN

Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CRNP
Baltimore, MD


ONS Publishing Division Staff
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