Volume 18, Issue 2, July 2007
The Nurse Practitioner SIG Newsletter is underwritten through a grant from Amgen Inc.
Coordinator’s Message
Take Advantage of Opportunities to Become Involved in the SIG

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

On behalf of the entire Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG membership, I would like to extend a very warm thank you to our ex officio, Wendy H. Vogel, MS, FNP, AOCNP®. Wendy has done an outstanding job in providing quality leadership to the NP SIG. Throughout my involvement with ONS, Wendy has been, and continues to be, an inspirational mentor.

Two of Wendy’s most recent accomplishments include running a successful NP SIG meeting at Congress and updating the 2007–2009 NP SIG strategic plan. The SIG meeting was spectacular. The $3,000 ONS awarded to the SIG for the 2007 SIG Excellence Award funded the food, beverages, and room costs. Click here to download the minutes from the meeting. Please take some time to review the 2007–2009 strategic plan, which will be available at http://nursepractition.vc.ons.org/page/6862/index.v3page soon. It has been revised to provide guidance on the future direction of our organization and the types of projects we will accomplish.

The SIG has many volunteer opportunities that vary in time and commitment. Some NP SIG members have already volunteered their services at Congress. If you didn’t have a chance to sign up at Congress, now is the time to contact me with your favorite interest.

Nurse Practitioner SIG opportunities include
  • Newsletter coordinator
  • Mentorship
  • Virtual Community administrator
  • Legislative work
  • Nominating members for awards
  • Developing salary surveys and oncology nurse practitioner job descriptions
  • Maintaining and developing scrapbooks, archives and posters for conferences
  • Developing the strategic plan.

The NP SIG also may be able to support your project. Contact me with your plan to explore available options in the NP SIG.

Remember, the NP SIG cannot exist without you.

The Nurse Practicioner 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  July 2007

Outgoing Coordinator's Message
Thanks for Your Work in the SIG

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

Hello and goodbye!

I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve you as NP SIG coordinator during the past two years. You are an awesome group! I am proud of your accomplishments, our growth as a SIG, and especially our SIG Excellence Award. You make me even prouder to be an oncology nurse practitioner.

I will now be serving ONS and our SIG as chair of the SIG Council, which is a new group consisting of present SIG coordinators. It was formed to better use the SIG membership to serve oncology nursing and to form partnerships and collaborations between the SIGs and ONS at a national level. I hope you share with me any suggestions that you may have to help further these goals. Have a blessed and happy summer, and I’ll see you at the ONS Advanced Practice Nursing Conference in the fall.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

Editor’s Message
Spice Up Your Life and Our SIG With Variety

Annette W. Kuck, RN, MS, CNP, AOCN
Minneapolis, MN

"Variety is the spice of life" (or a career or newsletter). This cliché comes from "Variety’s the spice of life. That gives it all its flavor." It is credited to William Cowper, an English poet who lived from 1731–1800. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (2002) defines the cliché as "changes and new experiences make life delightful." However, it means something different to each individual.

I have found that oncology nursing has offered me several options for careers and subspecialties. In my career, I have been involved in clinical practice, teaching, and research in a variety of oncology specialties. Even more areas are available for me to explore, which is amazing to find in one specialty.

Oncology nursing is evolving quickly, and the options seem limitless. The same saying also can apply to the newsletter. Each of you brings a different perspective and expertise to the SIG. I would love to see you share that expertise in the newsletter through a clinical practice article. Contact me at kuckhouse@aol.com if you are interested in writing a article for the newsletter. Also, if you have other ideas for the newsletter, I would love to hear them!

New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. (2002). New York: Bartleby.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

Clinical Update
ONS PEP Cards Are Available in a Volume 1 and Volume 2 Package

A new six card volume of ONS PEP cards is now available. Topics include caregiver strain and burden, constipation, depression, dyspnea, mucositis, and peripheral neuropathy. Order now through http://esource.ons.org and receive FREE with your purchase the first four ONS PEP cards covering fatigue, nausea and vomiting, prevention of infection, and sleep-wake disturbances. To sustain the ONS PEP project, a small fee is charged to cover the cost of printing future ONS PEP cards.

Member Price: $5.40
Non-Member Price: $7.50

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

Putting Evidence Into Practice
ONS PEP Resources Provide Quick Information on Evidence-Based Interventions

Margaretta S. Page, MS, RN, primary author of the ONS Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) card on sleep-wake disturbances and its corresponding article in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, recounts her first-hand experience using the PEP resources. Click here for the article.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

Nurse Practitioner SIG News

Congratulations! Felicia Williams, Nurse Practitioner SIG member, won the drawing from the SIG Congress 2007 activities evaluation. She will receive an ONS gift certificate for one free SIG membership.

Join the 2007 Nurse Practitioner SIG Newsletter Work Group Would you be interested in joining the Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG Newsletter Editorial Work group? Now is an opportune time to volunteer and join the newsletter group. The NP SIG produces three newsletters a year. The next newsletter deadline is September 20, 2007, with a publication date of November 1, 2007. It doesn’t take much time and can be lots of fun! Contact Annette Kuck, RN, MS, CNP, AOCN® , at kuckhouse@aol.com or Barb Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CPRN, at NPBiedrzycki@aol.com with your interest, article ideas, and questions.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

The SIGs Virtual Community Keeps You Connected

Jenny Shinsky
Pittsburgh, PA

The SIGs Virtual Community was developed to improve communication among SIG leaders and members. Visiting your SIG’s Web page on the Virtual Community keeps you updated about SIG activities by providing you with important information and resources.

To navigate to your SIG’s page, visit the SIGs Virtual Community at http://sig.vc.ons.org and select “Find a SIG” from the top navigation.

Many features in the SIGs Virtual Community are useful to all members. Below is an outline of the information that can be found on your SIG’s page.

From your SIG’s main page, you can subscribe to SIG announcements, calendar events, and the discussion forum. Once you are subscribed to the areas, an e-mail will be sent to you every time an announcement, event, or discussion has been posted.

Announcements are added frequently with important information pertaining to your SIG, such as scholarship, leadership, and meeting information.

SIG events on the SIG calendar are showcased on the main page for your convenience. Simply click on an event for detailed information.

About Us
The About Us area features information about your SIG leaders.

The News section provides important information, such as minutes from past meetings and newsletters. Educational news and photos also can be found here.

The Discussions area is very similar to the ONS List Serve, which can be found at http://listserv.vc.ons.org. Click the Discussions button at the top of your SIG’s page to access the area. You can post a message, thought, or questions and fellow SIG members can read your message and respond.

ONS National Announcements
Check this section every month for updated information from ONS such as continuing nursing education offerings, events, and important information.

If you have questions or problems navigating the SIGs Virtual Community, contact me at jshinsky@ons.org.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

News From the ONS Publishing Division
ONS Connect Brings You the Latest Oncology Nursing and Society News

We’ve listened to your feedback, and as a result, ONS News has transformed into ONS Connect, a new monthly news magazine designed for busy oncology nurses. As the official Society news magazine, ONS Connect brings you pertinent ONS announcements, the latest oncology news, engaging feature articles about oncology nurses working in a variety of specialties, and much more. Visit www.ons.org/publications/journals/connect to view the latest issue.

Free Online Reading: When an Oncology Nurse Gets Cancer
Diary of an Illness, by Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, chronicles his ongoing journey with a rare, aggressive, and incurable T cell leukemia. Told from the unique viewpoint of a veteran oncology nurse, this very private journal tracks his experiences from discovery through treatment and remission to the strangely more difficult survival phase. It details the personal struggles—physical, emotional and intellectual—for the patient who knows both too much and too little. Visit www.ons.org/publications/books/diary/Introduction.shtml to start reading.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

News From the ONS National Office
2007 Brings Five New ONS Excellence Awards!

The following awards recognize and celebrate your dedication to providing quality cancer care in key areas of oncology nursing.

Excellence in Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
Excellence in Medical Oncology
Excellence in Surgical Oncology
Excellence in Symptom Management

In addition to the new awards listed above, many of the ONS Excellence Awards recognize SIG-specific areas of oncology nursing, such as Radiation Therapy Nursing and Survivor Advocacy. Visit the awards page of the ONS Web site for other awards. Why not apply or nominate from the specialty in which you are actively involved?

Shape the Future of Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care
You can make a difference! ONStat, the ONS grass roots response network, is a quick and easy way for you to support activities in Washington, DC, that advance the ONS Health Policy Agenda to a national level. Visit www.ons.org/lac/onstat.shtml for more information.

Take Action! Support Oncology Nurses
As oncology nurses, we have the opportunity to influence healthcare through the regulatory and legislative process. Visit the ONS Legislative Action Center at www.onslac.org for information and resources on health policy advocacy.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 2007

News From CE Central

Pharmacology CD—Available Now!
Pharmacology Update: Volume One is the first of a new series of in-depth, self-paced CD-ROMs designed to present detailed information on pharmacotherapy in cancer care. Order your copy at http://esource.ons.org/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=INCD0174.

Cancer Biology Web Course
You don't want to miss the Cancer Biology Online Education Series that is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of cancer biology. You will receive cutting-edge information that enables you to provide the quality care your patients deserve. Registration is now open at http://onsopcontent.ons.org/Education/DistanceEducation/CancerBiology/index.shtml.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  July 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  July 2007

Nurse Practitioner SIG Officers

Coordinator (2007-2009)
Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CRNP
Abingdon, MD

Ex Officio (2007-2008)
Wendy Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP
Kingsport, TN



Annette Kuck, RN, MS, CNP, AOCNâ
Edina, MN

ONS Publishing Division Staff
Elisa Becze, BA
Copy Editor

Know someone who would like to receive a print copy of this newsletter?
To print a copy of this newsletter from your home or office computer, click here or on the printer icon located on the SIG Newsletter front page. Print copies of each online SIG newsletter also are available through the ONS National Office. To have a copy mailed to you or another SIG member, contact Membership/Leadership Administrative Assistant Carol DeMarco at cdemarco@ons.org or 866-257-4ONS, ext. 6230.

To view past newsletters, click here.

ONS Membership/Leadership Team Contact Information

Angie Stengel, MS, CAE, Director of Membership/Leadership

Diane Scheuring, MBA, CMP, Manager of Member Services

Carol DeMarco, Membership/Leadership Administrative Assistant

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) does not assume responsibility for the opinions expressed and information provided by authors or by Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Acceptance of advertising or corporate support does not indicate or imply endorsement of the company or its products by ONS or the SIG. Web sites listed in the SIG newsletters are provided for information only. Hosts are responsible for their own content and availability.

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