Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, President
Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, President

In our 2016 member survey, more than half of you indicated that it would be helpful if ONS provided more patient care resources. ONS has enhanced our systems for members to do just that.

Helping You Implement Evidence-Based Practice

The Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) area now has links to the articles and resources used to evaluate symptom management interventions and a way to print a list of possible interventions to improve patient outcomes. It also provides links to assessment tools and more to come regarding patient teaching resources. Take a few minutes to visit and look over how you can print out easily understandable resources to manage symptoms such as nausea or fatigue.

Connecting to 39,000 Colleagues

The ONS communities were launched at the end of 2016. This is an easily accessible way to tap into the knowledge and expertise of more than 39,000 colleagues. The communities are yet another way to find patient care resources. Nurses have been posting questions and answers about a wide variety of topics. I’ve read about camp programs for children of individuals with cancer, oral adherence protocols, and safe handling practices, to name just a few! It is great to see the exchange of ideas, problem solving, and connections that are occurring. Get online and join in the discussions!

Taking Courses on Demand

All of our online courses are now on demand, thus available to you when you have the time. I hope you also saw the announcement that many of them are being offered at a 15% discount this year for members. In addition, the Board voted not to raise the rate of dues this year, keeping the cost at the 2016 rate. The Board is committed to providing resources to you so you can always provide evidence-based, quality care to your patients while keeping ONS fiscally sound.

Specialized Knowledge: Quality Care

One ongoing goal at ONS is to be responsive to our member needs, and these are just some examples of how we listened to you. This fits with my platform too: Specialized Knowledge: Quality Care. Using printable PEP resources, completing online courses, and sharing expertise through our communities are just a few ways you can keep up to date in oncology care and advance your career. Thank you to those who gave us many suggestions in the 2016 survey. We look forward to continued feedback from members.