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ONS Makes Changes to Chemotherapy Course for 2014

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While you’re busy caring for your patients, ONS is busy caring for you. We know that you rely on ONS to provide evidence-based education to keep you up to date in your practice and help you improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.

In order to continue to provide you with the best oncology nursing education, we’re constantly evaluating our programs to ensure they continue to meet your needs. In response to your feedback, we recently looked at our two-day chemotherapy training course. You told us that although it’s crucial to your day-to-day work as an oncology nurse, the vast amount of content covered is difficult to absorb over the two-day, 16-hour in-person course.

To better meet your needs, ONS is replacing the two-day, face-to-face chemotherapy course with an interactive, comprehensive, online course that will offer a certificate indicating the learner possesses specific specialty knowledge (from ONCC) and a continuing nursing education certificate and provider card (from ONS). This change will take effect in early 2014. All in-person chemotherapy courses will cease as of December 31, 2013. The online certificate course will continue to train you on the latest chemotherapy and biotherapy information, but it will allow you to complete the learning over a longer period of time, at your own pace.

The certificate course will continue to follow the same two-year renewal cycle as the two-day course. An annual renewal option will also be available for those whose institutions or states require it. Current chemotherapy provider card holders will need to complete the initial certificate program to establish evidence of their baseline specialty knowledge and will then begin a two-year renewal cycle. If this affects you, ONS will work with you on scheduling and pricing.

We are confident that the chemotherapy training course changes will offer oncology nurses an optimal educational experience, better educational outcomes, and enhanced value. But, consistent with the ONS mission, our goal is that patients will benefit most from these changes.

More information about procedures and enrolling in the certificate course is now available. You can also address specific questions to educationchemo@ons.org.

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Posted by Simona Lucescu (not verified) on Sep 28, 2013 8:19pm

I am Simona Lucescu and I my chemo/bio certificate card expires April 2014. I am interested in a renewal of my card because I need it for my current job. I am CRNI too. I looked on your site...so much info and i could not find actually the webpage where to go to apply for the online class or I would prefer to have a 2 day class in Arizona.The email you provided for questions is not working (educationchemo@ons.org.)Please answer my questions asap, thx
respecfully Simona

thx
simona

Posted by Bee Mee Chen RN (not verified) on Nov 12, 2013 1:57pm

Please let me know how I can sign on for the online class of chemo/bio certificate for the year 2014. Thanks!

Posted by Brenda Brien (not verified) on Nov 26, 2013 11:12am

What will the cost of the program? We are trying to budget for this program for next year.

Posted by DONNA CARPER (not verified) on Nov 29, 2013 1:28pm

when can I sign up for the chemo/bio provider course. I had a card for several years and the last time I renewed I missed the course evaluation and therefor did not receive a new provider card. would like to get another.

Posted by Annie J. (not verified) on Dec 1, 2013 1:11pm

What's the web site to sign up for the on line chemo/bio certification class and how much? Pls. respond, I want to register this month. Thanks.

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