By Maggie A. Smith, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN, OCN®, Director-at-Large

In 2017, the ONS Board is implementing the new process where the Board of Directors appoints the next president who will be responsible for the ongoing shaping and molding of our society.

During our virtual meeting on August 29, this was one of the most important topics that we discussed. The Board is committed to ensuring that our next leader has the vested interest of our organization and possesses the core competencies and values necessary to continue to move our organization forward.

Board Visibility During Congress

Next year’s Congress will be held in Washington, DC, in May 2018, and as usual the Board is responsible for leading two sessions during Congress. During our August meeting, we also discussed hot topics for those Board sessions. We tossed around several ideas based on ONS member feedback, common themes obtained from several national nursing meetings, and recurrent oncology themes. We concluded that the Board sessions should be developed in the areas of nursing navigation and health policy. Although the content has not yet been finalized, I encourage you to attend these sessions because they are a great way to get to know your leaders and learn more about these topics.

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers,” Robin S. Sharma.

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