PITTSBURGH, PA—April, 18, 2017—The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Research Think Tank met at the ONS national office from March 20–21, 2017, to discuss the future directions of ONS in cancer nursing research.

To address the changing healthcare, research, and funding environments, ONS is restructuring its research department under new Chief Clinical Officer Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, AOCNP®, FAAN. Think tank participants and ONS leaders considered evolving research priorities, training and support of nurse researchers, and the release of the Blue Ribbon Panel Report from the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative when analyzing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. They recommended creating a crosswalk between clinical trends and needs, health policy, and the ONS research agenda. In addition, the group discussed potential collaborations and partnerships that could help shape and fund ONS research initiatives.

Formal recommendations are forthcoming.

Think Tank Participants
Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, moderator
Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN
Catherine Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
Donna Berry, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN
Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN
Kelly Brassil, PhD, RN, AOCN®, ACNS-BC
Mary Cooley, PhD, RN, FAAN
Teresa Hagan, PhD, RN
Marilyn Hammer, PhD, DC, RN
Pamela Hinds, RN, PhD, FAAN
Sandy Mitchell, PhD, CRNP, AOCN®, FAAN
Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN®, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Debra Watkins-Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN

ONS Staff
Michele Galioto, RN, MSN
Michele McCorkle, RN, MSN
Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN
Christopher Pirschel
Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, AOCNP®, FAAN
Linda Worrall, RN, MSN