Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2009
Coordinator's Message
SIG Brings Recognition to Oncology Nurse Practitioners' Interests

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

Recently, Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG Coordinator-Elect Christa Braun-Inglis and I participated in a conference call with Clinical Nurse Specialist SIG Coordinator Linda Person, ONS Board of Directors President Brenda Nevidjon and Director-at-Large Ginny Martin, and ONS Membership and Leadership Services Director Angie Stengel. This call resulted from a suggestion made to the ONS Board of Directors at last year’s Congress. A request was made for consideration of an Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse (OAPN) Council. Although not the OAPN Council concept originator, as the NP SIG coordinator, I believed strongly in the concept. To me, it seemed as though the interests of OAPNs were not getting enough attention. I envisioned that the council would exist to protect the interests of the OAPNs. I was also concerned that the NP SIG was not adequately involved on a national level with opportunities for and issues of interest to NPs that ONS had a stake in. These opportunities exist both within ONS and through collaboration with other organizations and work groups, including but not limited to the American Nurses Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Consensus Work Group, and organizations specific for NPs, such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners. Before the conference call, but even more so after, all participants recognized the importance of communication.

From the call, I learned that ONS may invite NP SIG members to join a project, unbeknownst to the NP SIG leadership team. The NP SIG leadership team consists of the coordinator, the coordinator-elect, the newsletter editor, the Virtual Community coordinator, and the legislative coordinator. Your NP SIG leadership team’s contact information is located on the Virtual Community and on the last page of every newsletter issue.

Although it is certainly not mandatory that NP SIG members inform or report to the NP SIG leadership team, we would hope that they would. When NP SIG members share information with us, we then, in turn, disseminate information to all NP SIG members, either via the newsletter, a communiqué, the Virtual Community, or at meetings at ONS conferences. Unfortunately, the NP SIG leadership team sometimes learns about areas of interest for NPs the same time that all of ONS does. We do not have privy into ONS’s strategies and interventions for protecting the oncology NP’s role, educating non-oncology NPs to oncology practice, establishing certification for advanced oncology certified nurse practitioners, or advanced practice regulation issues. Perhaps you thought we did, or at least that we should. While I may have failed you as a leader as I have not advocated more strongly for a seat at the table to represent you on issues facing NPs, at least we have now been heard.

Several additional important components of this discussion need to be voiced. Not all NP ONS members belong to the NP SIG. Why, you may be asking. Perhaps they do not see a membership benefit. NP ONS members who do belong to the NP SIG may decide not to share information with the NP SIG about their work with ONS and collaborating organizations and work groups. Neither enrollment in, nor involvement with, the NP SIG is a criterion for involvement in ONS’s projects and opportunities. What function then does the NP SIG serve? We cannot disseminate information we do not have access to. What then are the benefits of NP SIG membership? Did you say networking? Here’s to a new year brimming with opportunities to network with National and collaborating organizations for the benefit of the NP SIG. ONS has heard our concerns. It is up to us to follow through.

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 2009

Coordinator-Elect's Message
Submit Topics for ONS Congress and Advanced Practice Nursing Conference

Christa Braun-Inglis, MS, APRN, AOCNP®
Honolulu, HI

Have you ever thought of submitting a topic for Congress or the Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Conference, but didn’t know how the process works? If your answer is yes, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG can help you with this. As part of its current strategic plan, the NP SIG leadership is working with its members to increase appropriate educational resources through the ONS conferences. Having members submit pertinent topics for ONS’s national conferences helps our SIG to reach its goal.

Recently, we have received feedback from our members that there have not been enough advanced practice topics at Congress or NP-specific topics at the APN conference. We need to work together to create better learning opportunities for ourselves. We all have our expertise as well as gaps in our knowledge. It would be great if we could share our knowledge and identify our gaps using the national conferences as our vehicle.

Many issues specific to NPs need to be addressed, especially for NPs new to oncology. For example, a plethora of new data on symptom management exists, and changes in reimbursement and billing are always developing. We need your help in identifying and presenting topics such as this to disseminate information to our colleagues.

In addition to helping with topic submission, the NP SIG can help coordinate speakers and mentor novice presenters. ONS looks for a wide variation of experience and geographical diversity in its presenters.

This year at Congress, the NP SIG is sponsoring two presentations. We would like to see an increase in years to come. Congress topic submissions are due in July of each year, and APN submissions are due in March. The NP SIG Virtual Community will soon have information posted to help members with topic submissions.

We realize that we need to be more available to our membership than the meetings at the two annual conferences allow. We encourage use of the Virtual Community, not only for topic submission but also to keep informed about all kinds of NP-appropriate information. Members can contribute to the NP SIG, and topic submission for conferences is just one of them.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

Editorís Message
New Version of Health History Tool Released

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

My Family Health Portrait
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an updated and improved version of the Surgeon General’s Internet-based family health history tool on January 13, 2009. The new tool makes it easier for consumers to assemble and share family health history information. It also helps practitioners make better use of health history information so that they can provide more informed and personalized care for their patients.

One organization saying it will link to the new tool is the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), a cancer advocacy organization.

“A strong family health history tool can be an important element for guiding medical decision-making, especially in the area of cancer screening, prevention and early detection,” said LAF founder and chairman Lance Armstrong. “This tool will further the capabilities of electronic health records and takes a significant step toward improving clinical care.”

The Surgeon General’s My Family Health Portrait originally launched in 2004, but the first version was not standards-based. The new tool was developed under HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt’s Initiative on Personalized Health Care. It will be hosted by the National Cancer Institute, where the caBIG® initiative is pioneering health information-technology networks and software sharing. A ready process for organizations to download the family health history code is online.

View the new My Family Health Portrait tool and a presentation of sample risk assessment tools under development.

Note. From Surgeon General’s New Family Health History Tool Is Released, Ready for “21st Century Medicine,” by U.S. Public Health Service, 2009, HHS News. Retrieved January 13, 2009, from http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/01/20090113a.html

Review of the Tool
Before you can endorse a product, you need to use it. So I tried out My Family Health Portrait. I found it easy to navigate and complete but, as nurse practitioners, we have had training to do family histories. It was daunting to complete my mother’s side of the family because she has 10 siblings! However, having started the process, I can discuss and clarify my family’s health histories and be able to share them with my siblings and cousins. Because my mother is 86 and the second youngest of 11 children, I feel the need to capture family history while I can. Also, it doesn’t hurt that my mother is a nurse and so can reliably report on the medical diagnoses of our family.

However, what does hurt is that my computer malfunctioned when I tried to save my history. I lost the information except for the diagram I had printed out just before the computer started to misbehave, when in my frustration I hit the wrong button. Alas, I will need to recreate the file, but it will be an invaluable tool for the future. The data input took about 30 minutes but can be transferred electronically to other family members, which will save them time. The program was easy to use and navigate, but users need to make sure to save their file early so that they don’t lose the data!

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

Co-Editor's Message
Strengthen SIG's Value by Sharing Your Stories

Megan Wholey, RNC, AOCNP®
Arlington, VA

I am looking forward to becoming your editor as of the next newsletter issue. In order to make this publication worthy of your time spent reading it, please let me know of any topics you would like to see covered, triumphs or tribulations in your everyday practice, or valuable information obtained through your professional or personal healthcare experiences. We are especially interested in time-saving online or subscription services that help you access evidence-based recommendations for care in real (i.e., “rushed and not enough”) time. Sharing a quick sketch of a patient situation and successful problem-solving, an ethical dilemma and its outcome, or a time when “more was revealed” all can help your fellow nurse practitioner colleagues. Think of it not as tooting your own horn but as helping your group to be stronger by sharing knowledge, which is likely one of the main reasons we belong to ONS.

Share Your Expertise by Writing a Newsletter Article
The Nurse Practitioner SIG Newsletter is posted three times a year and needs your expertise. Please let us know if you are interested in writing a brief article for the next newsletter. The deadline for submission is May 12, 2009. Please send contact information and topic ideas to Editor Megan Wholey at Megan.Wholey@verizon.net.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

Advocacy Corner
2009 Update on Doctor of Nursing Practice Debate

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

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommended that all nurse practitioners (NPs) have a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree by 2015 (AANC 2004). There has been intense debate throughout the nursing community, but most professional organizations agree that it should be an option (Chism, 2009). (For further information and history of the DNP degree, refer to the references listed following this article.) An online survey from Advance for Nurse Practitioners conducted in October and November of 2008 revealed some interesting results. Of the more than 370 people polled (“DNP Survey Results,” 2008):

  • Almost 40% stated they would not pursue a DNP
  • 30% were undecided
  • 8% were currently enrolled as a DNP student and 13% were planning to pursue a DNP
  • 48% thought the DNP would not affect NP salaries compared to almost 16% who thought the DNP would increase NP salaries
  • 37% believed the DNP is the next logical step for NPs
  • 32% believed the DNP is evidence of “credential creep”
  • 28% believed the DNP is a plan for schools to make more money
  • The majority of responders (73%) did not believe the DNP would increase NPs’ ability to provide patient care.

About 80 DNP programs exist in the United States (Ford, 2009). The First National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference took place in Memphis, TN, in October 2008 with more than 180 in attendance. The Council for the Advancement of Comprehensive Care, a group affiliated with Columbia University School of Nursing, and the school’s dean, Mary Mundinger, announced a DNP certification examination that was developed from a pool of test items created by the National Board of Medical Examiners and tests for DNP essential competencies (Ford). The first DNP certification examination was given in November to about 40 DNP graduates (National Board of Medical Examiners, 2008).

Many challenges lie ahead for our profession, and many questions remain to be answered. While the DNP can be “recommended” as the entry level into advanced practice, legislation must follow in order for this to be a legal mandate (Klein, 2008), and historically this occurs on a state-by-state basis. Reimbursement for the advanced practice nurse, whether master’s-prepared or doctoral-prepared, also will follow legislative protocol. Faculty shortages, nursing shortages, and physician shortages are critical factors to be considered (AACN, 2006; Chism, 2009; Cooper, 2007; Salsberg & Grover, 2006). NPs must continue to discuss these issues and work together to overcome the challenges that face the profession. Each NP must stay informed and not “stick their heads in the sand” and assume that someone else will look out for their best interests. All NPs have a duty and a privilege to be politically active and savvy. Regardless of where you stand on the DNP issue, we all must stand united as advanced practice nurses and work together to promote our chosen profession.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2004, October). AACN position statement on the practice doctorate in nursing. Retrieved January 17, 2009, from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/pdf/DNP.pdf

American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2006, September). Fact sheet: Nursing faculty shortage. Retrieved January 17, 2009, from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Media/factsheets/nursingfacultyshortage.htm

Chism, L.A. (2009). Understanding the DNP: Accurate information is key to a meaningful debate. Retrieved January 17, 2009, from http://nurse-practitioners.advanceweb.com/Editorial/Content/Editorial.aspx?CC=191812

Cooper, R.A. (2007). New directions for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the era of physician shortages. Academic Medicine, 82(9), 827-828.

DNP survey results. (2008). Advance for Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved January 17, 2009, from http://nursepractitioners.advanceweb.com/Editorial/Content/Editorial.aspx?CC=191067

Ford, J. (2009). The doctorate of nursing practice: Coming into focus. Retrieved January 17, 2009, from http://nurse-practitioners.advanceweb.com/Editorial/Content/Editorial.aspx?CC=191346

Klein, T.A. (2008). What will happen to current master’s prepared nurse practitioners when the DNP is required? Retrieved January 17, 2009, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/570734

National Board of Medical Examiners. (2008). National Board of Medical Examiners statement on doctor of nursing practice (DNP) examination. Retrieved January 27, 2009, from http://www.asahq.org/news/NBOME_STATEMENT_DNP_CERT.pdf

Salsberg, E., & Grover, A. (2006). Physician workforce shortages: Implications and issues for academic health centers and policymakers. Academic Medicine, 81(9), 782-787.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

NP SIG Meeting Scheduled for 2009 ONS Congress

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

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG will hold its annual business and networking meeting at the 34th Annual ONS Congress in San Antonio, TX, on April 30, 2009, from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. The current SIG leadership team will share information about the NP SIG, specifically our mission, strategic plan, projects, mentoring, topic and abstract submissions, and legislative issues. In addition, invited speakers will present their areas of expertise.

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) representatives will present current information to assist participants in decision making regarding attainment of advanced oncology certificated nurse practitioner (AOCNP®) certification. Eligibility criteria and how to prepare for the examination will be discussed. The changing demographics of oncology advanced practice nurses (APRNs) will be presented, as well as up-to-date information on the newly developed regulatory model for APRNs that was endorsed by ONS and ONCC, and how AOCNP® certification complies with the model.

Through an effort to promote leadership and increase awareness of opportunities within ONS, the ONS Nominating Committee will review opportunities to get involved with SIG activities and the importance of leadership succession planning.

Throughout the meeting, opportunities for networking will be emphasized. Bring your business cards and share them with your NP SIG colleagues at the meeting. While the NP SIG would be delighted if networking resulted in more SIG projects and an increased involvement within the SIG, networking for professional and social purposes is also highly valued.

At the end of the meeting, we will experience the thrill of speed networking, a fun activity in which you will swiftly interact individually with many NP SIG members in a limited time. Sounds like fun? You betcha!

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

ONS 34th Annual Congress Registration Now Open

Get ready to head to San Antonio, TX, April 30-May 3, 2009, to get the best oncology education around at the ONS 34th Annual Congress. Celebrate your profession and the difference you make in the lives of patients and their families. Make your plans now to connect to 5,000 of your colleagues, get the latest cancer-care information, and enhance your career. Save $100 when you register by March 19!
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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

Virtual Community News

Jennifer Wulff, RN, MN, ARNP, AOCNP®
Lynwood, WA

The Nurse Practitioner SIG Virtual Community has a new look. In the process of making the site more accessible, we have moved tabs and added links to the Web page. You will now find that all of our links have moved from the top of the page to the upper left-hand column. We have done this to make it easier to see and use. We also have changed the content on the front page to make it easier for you to find ways to participate in our SIG. We have added a section called Abstracts. If you have ever wanted to present your abstract at Congress or had an idea for the Advanced Practice Nursing Conference, this is the area for you. We have added links to help you find out how to submit your ideas for Congress and Institutes of Learning/Advanced Practice Nursing conferences. We also have kept the mentoring site on the front page to continue to highlight this wonderful program.

You will now find new tabs in the left-hand column. These new tabs are Certification, Education, NP Job Description, Projects, and Recognition. The Certification tab is your link to all the information regarding the advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner certification examination and any study materials or programs available. The Education page is a great place to look for relevant educational opportunities for your role as an oncology nurse practitioner. If you know of a great conference, let us know so that we can pass it on to others. The NP Job Description tab is the place where you can look for oncology NP job descriptions. This is also where you can share your own job description with others. Under the Projects tab you will find projects that the NP SIG is involved with. This also is an area that you can work with other oncology NPs on research collaboration or ongoing projects supported by the NP SIG. Lastly, we have added a tab for Recognition. This is the area to recognize your accomplishments. If you have won an award or presented at a conference, we want to hear about it so we can recognize your achievements. The Discussion board continues to be available to all to ask questions and communicate with other oncology NPs. We encourage you to take a look at what is being discussed.

We will continue to work to improve the content on the Virtual Community to help you as an oncology NP. If there is something you feel should be on our site, please contact us so that we can continue to improve it.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 24th National Conference will be held June 17–21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. See http://www.aanp.org/AANPCMS2/Conferences/ for additional information.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

News From ONS National

Advanced Oncology Nursing Certification Review and Resource Manual

Both a study guide and a clinical resource, this new manual offers oncology advanced practice nurses a comprehensive review in preparation for advanced oncology certification tests and a valuable reference guide that can be used in everyday practice.

Each chapter in this new resource addresses a topic important to advanced oncology nursing. Key points in each chapter emphasize concepts for readers to review while a case study raises relevant questions.

In keeping with the manual's role as a study guide for certification, chapter content is correlated to the weight the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has assigned to a specific topic on the certification examination.

Topics in this new manual are representative of the ONCC blueprints for the advanced oncology nursing certification tests so readers can feel confident that they are studying pertinent material. In addition, to further prepare students, practice test questions are offered in the final chapter in the same format as the ONCC advanced practice certification exams.

Editors Barbara Holmes Gobel, Shirley Triest-Robertson, and Wendy H. Vogel are experienced oncology clinicians. Each has also served as faculty for the advanced oncology nursing certification review course at ONS national conferences and for a future online review course, providing you with best possible insight for test preparation.

Yet, Advanced Oncology Nursing Certification Review and Resource Manual offers readers more than just a study guide for test preparation. Using the most current clinical evidence and literature available at the time of publication, the topics presented have been expanded and represent a valuable resource for oncology advanced practice nurses, graduate nursing students, oncology nurses in clinical practice, and other healthcare professionals.

Whether you are preparing to sit for an advanced oncology nursing certification test or simply are looking for a comprehensive clinical resource for oncology advanced practice nurses, this is a resource you will not want to miss!

2009. 886 pages. Softcover.

Member Price: $75.00
Nonmember Price: $125.00

The new edition of the ONS Career Resource Guide: Marketing Yourself for Success will help you navigate your career path in these challenging times. Save when you order your copy today!

Order Your Copy of the New Edition of the Chemotherapy Guidelines!
Available in mid-February 2009, you can now order your copy of Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Guidelines and Recommendations for Practice (Third Edition). This latest edition of the best-selling resource has been revised and updated to represent the latest information in your specialty. Order your copy today and save!

Writing Mentorship Program Offers Even More Rewards and Eliminates Application Deadline

Now is the time to start writing for publication. Share your knowledge with colleagues, improve patient care, and reap professional accolades and rewards—all with the help of an experienced nurse author and ONS staff…and all from the comfort of your home or office.

The Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) is dedicated to developing the profession’s next generation of experts and authors through the CJON Writing Mentorship Program. CJON will pair each selected fellow with a previously published author who has knowledge in the area of interest, and ONS will offer the support of a publishing staff member and librarian. The project is completed without travel over a period of nine months, and expenses are reimbursed.

The program recently eliminated its deadline in favor of year-round application, and it now offers even more rewards.

  • Get your byline published in a respected peer-reviewed publication that is read by more than 35,000 nursing colleagues, other healthcare personnel, and pharmaceutical professionals.
  • Establish yourself as an expert in a specific clinical topic.
  • Earn a scholarship to an ONS educational event.
  • Receive points toward oncology nursing certification renewal.
  • Be recognized in the ONS awards publication, at an ONS Congress reception, and in a letter to your employer.

For more information about the CJON Writing Mentorship Program, including eligibility criteria, visit the ONS Web site or contact ONS Staff Editor Keightley Amen at 412-859-6258 or kamen@ons.org.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

ONS Connect Launches New Blog to Continue the Conversation

Join the online conversation as ONS Connect’s new blog, RE:Connect, brings together a diverse group of oncology nurses talking about life at work and at home.

When ONS’s monthly news magazine, ONS Connect, was redesigned in 2007, some of the intent was to address the interests of those new to the field and provide quick news and information to busy professionals. RE:Connect offers an extension of these goals by establishing an online community for readers to talk about issues and share experiences that they deal with on a daily basis. The RE:Connect blog was launched in November in conjunction with ONS’s annual Institutes of Learning and Advanced Practice Nursing Conference.

ONS members have been tapped to initiate the dialogue by posting to the blog on a regular basis.

  • Erin Elphee, RN, MN, CON(C), primary clinic nurse for Lymphoma and Malignant Hematology Disease Site Groups at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Kimberly George, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, OCN®, adult health CNS in Wichita Falls, TX
  • Jeanine Gordon, RN, MSN, OCN®, clinical nurse specialist/nurse manager from Brooklyn, NY
  • Kari Wujcik, nursing student at Belmont University and a nurse extern in the pediatric intensive care and cardiology units at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University

These bloggers will share their thoughts about day-to-day challenges at work, juggling busy lives at home, and keeping up to date with the magnitude of information available for practicing nurses. Readers are encouraged to join in on the conversation and connect with other oncology nurse readers by posting their own stories, tips, ideas, and suggestions in the comments section at the end of each blog post.

Check out RE:Connect today, and share this link with your friends and colleagues!

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

ONS Social Media Sites of Interest

Do you want up-to-the-minute information about the next conference? Would you like to network with other oncology nurses? Do you want to stay in touch with other ONS members? Now it’s easier than ever because ONS has joined social media sites that help you do all of this and more. Sign-up is free and easy, and you can always control your privacy settings. Already have an account? Share your story and make the most of all these sites have to offer. Be sure to invite others to join as well.

ONS Is Now on Facebook!

  • Oncology Nursing Month is in May, and ONS wants you to share your stories. As an oncology nurse, you take on the role of teacher, listener, and shoulder to lean on. You help people through some of the most trying times of their lives. Celebrate and share the work you do at ONS’s Facebook page.

ONS Is Now on Twitter!

  • Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Join today to start receiving ONS’s updates.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

Membership Information

SIG Membership Benefits

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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
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.
  • Locate and select "Subscribe to Discussion"
  • Enter e-mail address.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Select the "Click Here" feature, which will take you to a link to subscribe.
  • Once the "For Announcement Subscription Only" page appears select how you wish to receive your announcements.
    • As individual e-mails each time a new announcement is posted
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    • 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."
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Special Interest Group Newsletter  March 2009

Nurse Practitioner SIG Officers

Coordinator (2007–2009)
Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, CRNP, AOCN®
Baltimore, MD

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

Megan Wholey, RNC, AOCNP®
Arlington, VA

Web Page Administrator
Jennifer Wulff, RN, MN, ARNP, AOCNP®
Lynwood, WA


Legislative Issues
Wendy H. Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®
Bristol, TN

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

ONS Publishing Division Staff
Amy Nicoletti, BA
Staff Editor

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ONS Membership/Leadership Team Contact Information

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

Diane Scheuring, MBA, CAE, CMP, Manager of Member Services

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