PITTSBURGH, PA—March 2, 2022—The Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS’s) new Learning Extension Activities Plan (LEAP), an opportunity for student nurse learners to further develop their knowledge of some of the topics covered in ONS’s Cancer Basics course, was created to help faculty members teach oncology to nursing students.

LEAP’s four course modules have corresponding activities that instructors can use to challenge learners to explore leading topics in oncology care. The modules cover the basics of cancer, cancer treatment modalities, symptom management, and cancer treatment and beyond.

Instructors can conduct the activities in a variety of formats, including in-person or virtual, individually as independent study, collaboratively in small groups, or as discussions in open dialogue. They can choose to assign specific activities to learners or ask learners to self-select activities based on their interests and clinical practicum experiences.

Content can be expanded and adjusted to best fit instructors’ course outline, and proposed activities include estimated times for completion. All methodologies feature the opportunity for a summary discussion after the activity has been completed.

“We know that not all students learn the same way or at the same pace,” Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, ONS chief executive officer, said. “LEAP gives instructors an additional tool to help expand the teachings of the Cancer Basics course, depending on individual learning needs.”  

ONS offers membership and the Cancer Basics course for free to all prelicensure nursing students. To explore the options available to students, visit the student nursing resource page or contact ONS Student Engagement Manager Patrick Flynn, CAE, at pflynn@ons.org.

ONS is a professional association that represents 100,000 nurses and is the professional home to more than 35,000 members. ONS is 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. Learn more at ons.org.