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ONS has committed to creating and fostering a culture of safety in oncology nursing, and we know our members are doing amazing work to keep themselves and their patients safe in practices throughout the country. Now, we want to hear your stories.
I was elated when I received an invitation to attend the Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2016. I was pleased with the fact that nurses were viewed as real stakeholders in this initiative. After all, we are the ones who are closest to the patients and understand what they need. We understand what stumbling blocks they encounter throughout their cancer journey and how it changes their and their families’ lives.
One of the most common questions we receive in the ONS National’s clinical email box, clinical@ons.org, is from people wanting to know how to become an oncology nurse. While each nurse’s career path is different, there are some frequent ways nurses enter our specialty.

Do you know a fellow ONS member who deserves recognition for his or her outstanding work and dedication? Perhaps you know a nurse who continuously goes above and beyond, or an employer who takes care of its employees. ONS recognizes oncology nurses, researchers, and employees each year who go above and beyond the call of duty. These awards celebrate individuals and teams in a variety of specialties. Learn more about each award and how it may apply to you, your institution, or someone you know.

Zika disease (ZIKV) is a viral infection spread to humans primarily through the Aedes species of mosquito. ZIKV can also be passed through sexual conduct and vertical transmission from mother to fetus during pregnancy. In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared the spread of ZIKV to be a public health emergency, citing clusters of neurologic-related conditions and birth defects corresponding with geographical outbreaks of the illness.
Evolving your practice and refining your education is part of being a great oncology nurse. Through continuing education opportunities, our members are always pushing themselves to provide better care for their patients.
Mistakes happen. Unfortunately, there’s no avoiding it, no one is above it, and I'm sure we can all think of a time that we made a mistake in our nursing practice. The events following a mistake in patient care can be chaotic and emotional. But after the dust settles, what’s most important is learning how to avoid the same mistakes from occurring again, and doing all you can to prevent your fellow nurses from making mistakes in a similar situation. Think of it as primary prevention.
Fatigue often impacts a patient’s quality of life, and it’s common to experience it during cancer. Up to one-third of patients with cancer experience fatigue for years following their treatment. Cancer impacts nearly 14.5 million people a year and is expected to affect almost 19 million by 2024. Patients are not alone in their fight against cancer or the accompanying fatigue. Continue reading to learn ways you can help your patients overcome this debilitating symptom.
Have you ever made a mistake in nursing? Well, I have and want to share my experience, feelings, and outcome. When this happened, all that I kept thinking was, “Did I harm my patient?” Maybe that sounds familiar to you. I think we can all say that we went into nursing to help others, not harm them.

Cancer survivorship is filled with many challenges, hopes, and expectations. June 5 marks National Survivorship Day, and survivorship is being celebrated throughout the month. Survivors are often not sure where they're going once their cancer journey commences. In my practice, I care for people with a genetic risk for cancer, and I work with survivors on a regular basis.

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