Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2008
     
Coordinatorís Message
Itís a Wonderful Life... Being an Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CRNP
Baltimore, MD
NPBiedrzycki@aol.com


It’s a wonderful life... being an oncology nurse practitioner (NP)! Although challenges that rock our foundation abound, we remain steadfast in our commitment to quality oncology care and to our chosen profession as oncology NPs. Recognizing the down falls in oncology care, we are advocates for change. We are staunch supporters of the people for whom we provide care. We are proud to be oncology NPs!

ONS contributes tremendously by providing the tools, education, and certification opportunities that we need to succeed as oncology NPs. Much has happened recently that demonstrates ONS’s commitment to oncology NPs. The Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies, a 15-page document, is a valuable tool that demonstrates the Society’s commitment to oncology NPs, as entry-level competencies are not available for many nursing specialties. ONS recognized the value to its members and provided the leadership to make the competencies a reality. Furthermore, ONS is providing the competencies to us free, thus facilitating the rapid dissemination of this valuable material. To view the competencies, click here.

Another newly released tool is “So, You Want to Be an Oncology Nurse Practitioner?!” Written and edited by our NP SIG colleagues, this is the second in a series of how-to booklets published by ONS. The publication is designed to provide an overview of the coveted oncology NP role, but others also might find it interesting. It is now available at the introductory price of $19 for ONS members. To order, click here. Also, don’t forget about the oncology NP brochures, which are an excellent way to introduce others to the role.

ONS ensures that advanced-level sessions are offered at Congress. Additionally, ONS hosts an entire conference devoted to advanced practice nurses. Both 2007 conferences were very successful. If you are planning to attend this year’s conferences, I encourage you to become involved. Besides applying for a position on the planning teams, you also can submit topics for sessions and propose poster and podium presentations. Having just served as the co-coordinator of the 2007 Advanced Practice Nursing Conference, I can testify that the experience was a very rewarding and challenging opportunity. The ONS staff, conference planning team, presenters, and volunteers all work harmoniously to produce an educational experience that exceeds the expectations of conference attendees. It takes many people to run a conference, and myriad opportunities are available to get involved, such as conference planning, packet and tote bag stuffing, room monitoring, and presenting, just to mention a few.

Did you know that there are only 469 Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioners (AOCNP®s) in the world? Certification demonstrates our commitment to being an oncology NP. The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) now offers the computer-based AOCNP® test throughout the year, at a location that may be convenient to your home or work. To take the certification test, you need to have an RN license, a master’s degree or higher, successfully completed an accredited NP program, at least 500 hours of supervised oncology NP practice (during an NP program or after graduation), and $260 (ONS member fee). Certification is valid for four years. For more information, see the Oncology Nursing Certification Test Bulletin 2008.

As of December 2007, 1,317 oncology NPs are members of the NP SIG. Not all oncology NPs are members of ONS, and not all who are ONS members belong to the NP SIG. So the data are not reflective of all oncology NPs, but obviously less than half of us are certified.

ONS and ONCC provide valuable resources that may be severely underutilized. What can we do to share these valuable resources with our oncology NP colleagues? What additional resources do we need? How can we increase NP SIG membership and involvement? What strategies can we implement to increase the numbers of AOCNP®s? Let the NP SIG be the avenue that leads to better utilization of resources among oncology NPs. With this information, we can gain an increased awareness of the value of oncology NPs among our colleagues and the public. Please share your suggestions with me at NPBiedrzycki@aol.com.

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

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Editorís Message
Put Patient Safety Before Speed When Writing Orders

Annette W. Kuck, RN, MS, CNP, AOCN®
Minneapolis, MN
kuckhouse@aol.com


In nursing school, I had an instructor who insisted that we spell out hydrochlorothiazide every time and not use the common abbreviation of HCTZ. At the time, we thought she was nuts. (She had several other eccentricities that contributed to our assessment.) Now it appears that she was way ahead of her time.

In 2004, the Joint Commission issued a Do Not Use List as a means to decrease misinterpretation of abbreviations in medical documentation. In 2006, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices developed a more extensive list of potentially confusing abbreviations and recommended corrections. Review of both lists—and years of nursing practice—make me realize that spelling items out is imperative to patient safety. In one of my clinics, I still write out my prescriptions and appointment and chemotherapy orders. In the other clinic, an electronic medical record (EMR) system has been implemented that takes my scribbling and abbreviations out of the picture. It is my hope that, as nurse practitioners, we put patient safety before speed and write out our orders or that we ensure that the EMR system used in our settings complies with the recommended documentation. The tools are available; we just need to use them!
 
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Advocacy Corner
No Complacency in 2008!

Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®
Bristol, TN
wvogel@chart.net


Advanced practice nurses (APNs) in oncology cannot afford to be complacent about their practice. Complacency may be defined as self-satisfaction and unawareness of possible dangers. If we are complacent, then we cannot be surprised by future restrictions that we may face.

Possible dangers (i.e., restrictions) are around every corner. Most recently, the American Medical Association (AMA), at its 2007 convention, presented Resolution 705, “The Alliance of Retail Clinics With Pharmaceutical Chains,” and Resolution 706, “Retail Medical Clinics.” The resolutions are an attempt to exert more control over nonphysician healthcare providers who practice in these clinics. AMA states that the clinics are unregulated and put patients at risk. However, the clinics were designed to provide low-cost, convenient, and quality care for Americans, particularly those with no health insurance who must pay out of pocket. This may be hitting the physicians’ pocketbooks because many healthcare insurance providers are beginning to cover retail clinic procedures.

You may think that you are “safe” because you do not work in a retail clinic. However, as an example, the Tennessee Medical Association has introduced supervisory rule changes that could potentially affect all APN practice in Tennessee. Although supposedly directed at “retail clinics,” the changes do not differentiate among the type of APN or the practice sites. Part of these proposed changes includes physician approval for any new or renewed controlled drug. This would be a step backward for Tennessee APNs who now are able to prescribe controlled drugs without restrictions. Proposals such as this are popping up all over the United States.

Prior to this, the AMA proposed the AMA Scope of Practice Initiative (Resolution 814 and the Scope of Practice Partnership) designed to limit patients’ choice of health practitioners. Another example of attacks on our ability to practice is the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act (HR 5688), the purpose of which was “to prohibit misleading and deceptive advertising or representation in the provision of health care services.” The bill proposes to ensure that healthcare providers do not falsely represent themselves as physicians and that the Federal Trade Commission would investigate any allegations of false advertising or false representation by nonphysician providers. A similar resolution adopted by the AMA House of Delegates is “Need to Expose and Counter Nurse Doctoral Programs Misrepresentation” (Resolution 211).

APNs in oncology are not exempt from these dangers. The American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s Clinical Practice Committee recently advised that weekly treatment management codes (77419, 77420, 77425, and 77430) could not be billed unless carried out by a physician. This interpretation has influenced some practice policies to bar APNs from billing patients as they have done previously for many years.

So what are we doing about these attacks? In response to the AMA Scope of Practice Initiative, the Coalition for Patients’ Rights (CPR) was formed. CPR consists of 34 organizations that represent a variety of licensed healthcare professionals and seeks to ensure that the growing needs of the U.S. health system can be met and that patients everywhere have access to quality health care.

A resource for dealing with physician infringement on APN practice is Changes in Healthcare Professions’ Scope of Practice: Legislative Considerations. The document is a collaborative effort by representatives from six healthcare regulatory organizations and is designed to assist legislators and regulatory bodies with making decisions about changes to healthcare professions’ scopes of practice. It notes that turf battles between two or more professions over scope of practice often ignore whether the proposed change will better protect the public and enhance consumers’ access to competent healthcare services. Many healthcare professions, particularly in medicine and advanced practice nursing, share many skills, procedures, and knowledge. The document further states that “it is no longer reasonable to expect each profession to have a completely unique scope of practice, exclusive of all others. We believe that scope of practice changes should reflect the evolution of abilities of each healthcare discipline, and we therefore have attempted to develop a rational and useful way to make decisions when considering practice act changes” (p. 3).

The Office of the National Nurse healthcare initiative has motivated many nurses to become politically active for the first time. The proposed intent of creating an Office of the National Nurse is to have nurses, under the leadership of a National Nurse, deliver the message of prevention to every American by partnering and strengthening the work of existing groups such as the Office of the Surgeon General, American Public Health Association, Medical Reserve Corps, and others.

Even as individuals, however, we can no longer be the “silent partners.” Silence can be deadly to your practice. The time has come to take our rightful and well-deserved place among healthcare providers. Our worth has been more than proven over the past 30 years, with evidence that APNs provide skilled, safe, cost-effective, and evidence-based care. We must raise our voices to be heard in the political arena. Otherwise our complacency will kill us.
 
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Nurse Practitioner SIG News
SIG Member Presents Thesis at International Sigma Theta Tau Conference

Michelle L. Myers, MSN, APRN, BC, OCN®
Indianapolis, IN
mmyersrn@yahoo.com


I recently had the wonderful opportunity to present my thesis at the International Sigma Theta Tau Conference in Vienna, Austria. My research comprised two years of data collection, analysis, and study of oncology nurses’ attitudes, perceived knowledge, and beliefs regarding complementary therapies.

Oncology nurses were educated on five different complementary therapies. Included in these educational sessions were ways in which the complementary therapies could be implemented into practice in a cost-effective manner.

Overall, the information was received in a significantly positive manner. The conference was a wonderful experience, and I thank Indiana Wesleyan University and AHN Hematology Oncology Associates for allowing me time to participate in the opportunity.

 
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Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Psychosocial Care for Patients With Cancer

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a special committee to look at the delivery of psychosocial services to patients with cancer and their families and identify ways to improve the provision of care. The results, which were released in November 2007, are published in Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.

The findings state that many patients with cancer have psychosocial needs. Although the supply of services is insufficient to address all patient needs, untapped resources exist, frequently at no additional cost. Patients, however, often are unaware of these resources. The committee proposed that all components of the healthcare system incorporate attention to patient psychosocial needs into their practice. This new standard of care recommends that all cancer care should ensure the provision of appropriate psychosocial services by

  • Facilitating effective communication between patients and providers
  • Identifying patients’ psychosocial health needs
  • Designing and implementing a plan that
    –Links patients with needed psychosocial services
    –Coordinates biomedical and psychosocial care
    –Engages and supports patients in managing their illness and health.
  • Systematically following-up on, reevaluating, and adjusting plans.
ONS recently joined the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) in disseminating this important report at a special session of the APOS Conference. The meeting generated discussion among multidisciplinary healthcare professionals to plan strategies for implementing the new IOM recommendations.
 
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ONS Holds Multisite Research Core Data Set/Outcomes Consensus Conference

ONS has been exploring the role it can play in outcomes measurement and multisite research as part of the Outcomes and Multisite Research Strategic Plans. The Nursing-Sensitive Patient Outcomes White Paper (Given & Sherwood, 2005), published in the Oncology Nursing Forum as a result of the 2003 Outcomes Project Team, provided important background for the examination and evaluation of oncology patient outcomes impacted by nursing interventions. Simultaneously, the interest of ONS research members in identifying ONS’s role in facilitating the use of the same research plan across several sites and pooling data for interpretation and dissemination has led to the development of several initiatives. The outcomes and multisite research initiatives came together at the recent Multisite Research Core Data Set/Outcomes Consensus Conference held August 4–5, 2007.

Several experts were invited to join the Core Data Set Project Team to share and present their expertise in defining outcomes, developing quality indicators, and collecting and storing large data sets. The presenters included Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, from the National Institutes of Health’s Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Initiative and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research in Chronic Disorders; Kristen McNiff, MPH, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative; Lori Hoffman-Hogg, RN, MS, AOCN®, from the Veterans Affairs Nursing Outcomes Database; and Dianne M. Reeves, RN, MSN, from the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid. Other invited members included Susie Beck, PhD, ARPN, AOCN®, Deborah Eldredge, PhD, RN, Barb Holmes-Gobel, MS, RN, AOCN®, and Lori A. Williams, RN, DSN, OCN®, AOCN®.

The focus of the consensus conference was to identify a set of core data elements that are meaningful to oncology nurses, patients, and stakeholders and to devise a strategy for collection and use in clinical practice, research, and administration. The group came together to brainstorm, reach consensus on nursing-sensitive measures (core data elements, core data set, and outcomes), and generate ideas for strategies to facilitate implementation in various clinical and research settings. Discussion focused on considerations important in planning and implementing an oncology nursing outcomes measurement program, including the role that ONS can contribute as a professional society.

ONS Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP®) resources were considered as the basis for the selection of core data elements. A review of proposed core data elements, their related measures, and criteria for selection, prepared by Christopher Friese, PhD, RN, AOCN®, and Dorothy Dulko, PhD, RN, MS, NP, identified core data elements to be considered for use, including fatigue, pain, oral assessment, performance status, emotional distress, neurotoxicity, neutropenia, sleep, nausea and vomiting, constipation, and demographic characteristics. The consensus conference participants felt that ONS core data elements for common data collection should aim to provide consistency in nursing core measures across local, regional, and national settings.

The consensus conference yielded many activities that are consistent with several national and international initiatives related to quality cancer care and quality nursing care. The work of the 2007 Core Data Set/Outcomes Consensus Conference Project Team is just beginning, as this will be a long-term initiative with several intermediate steps, ultimately leading to data that will demonstrate the impact of oncology nursing interventions on quality cancer care. ONS has the potential to be in a unique leadership role in this complex and important quality cancer care initiative.

Reference

Given, B.A., & Sherwood, P.R. (2005). Nursing sensitive patient outcomes—A white paper. Oncology Nursing Forum, 32, 773-784.

 
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News From ONS National

Registration Open for Congress: Declare Yourself!
Connect with 6,200 of your colleagues at the ONS 33rd Annual Congress, which will be held May 15–18 in Philadelphia, PA. Sessions are offered in various tracks and practice levels, offering something for everyone. Worth up to 20 contact hours, you’re sure to gain valuable knowledge that will enhance your nursing practice and improve patient care. Plus, if you register by April 3, you can save $100 through an early-bird discount. For more information, click here.

New Handbook Highlights Role of Oncology Nurse Practitioner
The new, pocket-sized handbook, So, You Want to Be an Oncology Nurse Practitioner?!, will help nurses understand what it means to take on this challenging position. For more information, click here.

ONS Connect e-Magazine Now Available!
Timely oncology-related news and information about ONS is just a click away with the new online ONS Connect. This enhanced, user-friendly version of the popular ONS news magazine makes keeping up with the latest in oncology nursing easier than ever. To view the latest issue, click here.

Step Up and Become a Diversity Champion
We need you to serve as a diversity champion in your chapter and community! Diversity champions are a vital team of ONS members who serve as a bridge, welcoming all to participate and contribute their knowledge to inclusiveness initiatives—a core value of ONS. Take the challenge! For more information, click here.

New ONS PEP® Card Volume Available
The latest volume of the highly popular ONS PEP® (Putting Evidence Into Practice) card series is now available. The new two-card set features the topics of pain and prevention of bleeding. Order your set today by clicking here.

Updated 2005–2009 ONS Research Agenda Now Available for Review
The 2007 revision of the 2005–2009 Research Agenda and executive summary are now available for review. The ONS Research Agenda focuses on gaps in the knowledge base for oncology nursing practice and outlines priority areas, needed funds, mechanisms for funding, and timelines. For more information, click here.

ONS Offers Online Tools for Nurse Researchers
The ONS Web site provides valuable resources for nurse researchers. Be sure to check out the Research Area to find out information on the ONS Research Agenda, funding opportunities, grant writing resources, and links to helpful research-related Web sites. The ONS Evidence-Based Practice Resource Area offers general information and strategies for using evidence to solve clinical problems. The ONS Outcomes Resource Area provides information about evidence-based oncology nursing interventions and patient outcomes.

The Myeloma Messenger Is Here
You are invited to view the PDF version of the first edition of The Myeloma Messenger and listen to its companion podcast. This unique coupling of newspapers and podcasts shares the kind of information you need to care for this patient population. For more information, click here.

Bring the 2007 IOL and APN Conference Home
Sessions from the 2007 ONS Institutes of Learning and Advanced Practice Nursing Conference are available for purchase on MP3 audio CD-ROM or as downloadable media. Sessions feature speakers' PowerPoint presentations synchronized with the session audio. To place your order online, click here.
 
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Virtual Community Navigation 101
Take a Tour of Your SIGs Virtual Community

All oncology nurses spend hours every day navigating patients through the bewildering maze of the medical system. Why not also take time to navigate through your SIG’s virtual community (VC)? It can serve as a library for all kinds of information, professional support, and resources for you and your patients.
To access your SIG’s VC, follow these steps.

  • Log on to the Internet.
  • Type www.ons.org in your browser's address box.
  • Select the "Membership" tab.
  • Click on "Special Interest Group (SIG) Virtual Community."
  • Arrive at the "SIGs Virtual Community Main Page" of the SIGs Virtual Communities.
  • Select "Find a SIG" from the top of the main page.
  • Click on your SIG’s link to access the VC.

You've arrived! To ensure easier access, make your SIG’s VC one of your "Favorites" by clicking on Favorites located on your computer’s tool bar at the top of the display.

Now you can check out all that your SIG’s VC has to offer. You do not need to log in to look through the page. At the top of the page, you will see a tool bar with tabs on it. The tabs include My SIG Page, About Us, News, Scrapbook, Calendar, Discussion, Find a SIG, and ONS National Announcements. Let’s look at some of the key sections of select tabs.

SIG Home

  • Join: Find details about joining an additional SIG; one is free with your membership.
  • Membership Directory: Log in using your ONS user name and password to search for a member of your SIG.
  • Contact ONS: Learn how to contact ONS’s Membership/Leadership team by postal or e-mail.

About Us

  • Our Leadership: Locate members who are currently serving as your SIG’s leaders.
  • Strategic Plan: View your SIG's mission statement and strategic plan.

News

  • Educational News: Find available resources for nurses.
  • Minutes: Read various meeting minutes.
  • SIG Newsletters: View previous newsletters.
  • Scrapbook: View photographs from SIG meetings.

Calendar

  • Refer to a month-by-month calendar of events relating to your SIG.

Discussion

  • Network with colleagues who share similar interests and expertise.

ONS National Announcements

  • Locate updated information pertinent to the entire ONS membership.
Explore your SIG’s VC today. Once you see how much information is tailored to your needs, you will find yourself returning again and again.
 
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Article of Interest
Nurse Practitioner SIG Members May Enjoy This Recently Published Article

Check out the Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF) for an article of interest to nurse practitioners.

For access to the full-text version of this and other ONF articles, visit the Publications area of the ONS Web site.
 
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CJON Seeks Reviewers

Put your knowledge and expertise to work by becoming a reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. For more information, click here.

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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://ons.org/membership 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 (http://www.ons.org/).
  • Select "Membership" from the tabs above.
  • Then, click on "ONS Chapters and Special Interest Groups."
  • Scroll down to "Visit the ONS 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 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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Nurse Practitioner SIG Officers

Coordinator (2007-2009)
Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CRNP
Baltimore, MD
npbiedrzycki@aol.com

Ex Officio (2007-2008)
Wendy H. Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®
Bristol, TN
wvogel@charter.net

Editor
Annette W. Kuck, RN, MS, CNP, AOCN®
Minneapolis, MN
Kuckhouse@aol.com

 

Web Page Administrator
Jennifer Wulff, RN, MN, ARNP, AOCNP®
Lynwood, WA
jwulff@u.washington.edu

Archives
Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CRNP
npbiedrzycki@aol.com

Legislative Reimbursement
Wendy H. Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®
wvogel@charter.net

ONS Publishing Division
Sharon Padezanin, BA

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To view past newsletters, click here.

ONS Membership/Leadership Team Contact Information

Angie Stengel, MS, CAE, Director of Membership/Leadership
astengel@ons.org
412-859-6244

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dscheuring@ons.org
412-859-6256

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cdemarco@ons.org
412-859-6230

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