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April 30, 2013
News from the Oncology Community
Monthly Spotlight: Oncology Nursing Society

The CoC regularly collaborates with over 50 member organizations in its mission to provide quality cancer care. This month we introduce the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.

The society’s mission is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. Under the leadership of President Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP, BC, AOCN®, FAAN, and CEO Paula T. Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN, its strategic direction focuses on four pillars: knowledge, leadership, quality, and technology. 

In 2012, ONS completed a three-year project to develop, test, evaluate, and disseminate quality care measures for women with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. The study was made possible by a generous grant to the ONS Foundation from the Breast Cancer Fund of the National Philanthropic Trust.

In partnership with The Joint Commission, ONS created two sets of quality indicators using 16 of the ONS Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) topics. Work on these indicators helped ONS to define a quality development and testing process that could be replicated in the future. Sixty pilot sites in diverse practice settings were then tracked to determine how closely they implemented these indicators.

After the project’s conclusion, 26 of those sites continued their work, creating a forum called the Oncology Quality Collaborative. This group holds monthly conference calls to share ideas that will improve patient-centered care for individuals with breast cancer. ONS will use this information to connect the quality measures to our practice change and leadership resources. This will ensure that we can guide nurses and their team members through a continuous quality-improvement process.

As a leading educator in oncology, ONS provides continuing nursing education using a multipronged and flexible approach that meets the needs of today’s busy professionals. Live, in-person, virtual, and online programming options are among the ways ONS reaches not only its member base, but also the growing number of nurses who care for people with cancer in other settings.

ONS’ health policy efforts are geared toward critical issues affecting nurses and patients. This work includes promoting and improving cancer symptom management and pain control; advancing and ensuring access to quality cancer prevention and care; and bolstering the nation’s nursing workforce to safeguard public health. For more information on any of these initiatives, visit www.ons.org.

Event Information:

The 38th Annual ONS Congress will be held April 25–28, 2013, in Washington, DC. It’s the perfect place to sharpen your skills, share ideas, and become a part of the ONS community. To learn more, go to http://congress.ons.org.

May is Oncology Nursing Month, a worldwide event that honors the work of nurses who care for patients with cancer. Thousands of nurses participate in Oncology Nursing Month activities, ranging from social gatherings, public recognition, educational programming, fundraising to support patients, and efforts to raise awareness of the rewards of an oncology nursing career. This year’s theme, Oncology Nurses: Providing Care for Life, conveys the long-term relationship between nurses and their patients, even after patients complete their treatment.

The second annual Connections: Advancing Care Through Science conference will take place November 8–10 in Dallas, TX. This conference showcases the collaboration between clinicians and nurse scientists and highlights the effect of nursing science on cancer care.

Recent Publications and/or Products
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ONS has several new publications and programs available for anyone involved in cancer care. Its newest books include Cardiac Complications of Cancer Therapy, Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Cancers, Current Trends in Oncology Nursing, and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Manual for Nursing Practice (2nd ed). ONS also has a consumer division, Hygeia Media, whose newest publications include In the Shadows: How to Help Your Seriously Ill Adult Child and Self-Healing Through Reflection: A Workbook for Nurses. See our full line of books.

ONS is a leader in providing quality continuing education to oncology nurses. In addition to the two annual conferences, ONS also offers a variety of online continuing education courses. Some of the newest online offerings include the Genetics Online Education Series, an introduction to genetics, and Access Devices: The Virtual Clinic, which uses simulations to examine real-life situations and challenges. 

ONS recently hosted two virtual e-conferences on the topics of radiation oncology nursing and health information technology. ONS now offers the Radiation Oncology Certificate Program, which provides intermediate-level information about radiation oncology therapies, symptom management, and the professional role of the radiation oncology nurse.

For more information on this organization, please contact:
Oncology Nursing Society, 125 Enterprise Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Ph: 866-257-4ONS (866-257-4667) | Fax: 877-369-5497 (toll-free fax)
Email: customer.service@ons.org | Website: www.ons.org  


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