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ONS is a leader in quality and cancer care.

Promoting high-quality care has always been an integral part of the ONS mission and is now even more important during healthcare reform. Recently, the ONS Board of Directors and ONS staff held a generative discussion on the types of quality-related activities ONS and other national organizations are engaging in.

ONS is at the forefront in many ways. Through work funded by the ONS Foundation, we are using the Putting Evidence Into Practice resources to spur the development and national testing of the breast cancer care and breast cancer survivorship quality measures. In addition, educational programs on quality and quality improvement are being planned, as well as an innovative pilot project enabling groups of members from around the country to help each other improve their scores on the care measures.

The Board also decided to convene a Quality and Cancer Nursing State of the Knowledge conference later this year, bringing together thought leaders to create an agenda on quality for the Society. Additionally, ONS will become a member of the National Quality Forum, an organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality through creation of national consensus standards, performance measurement, education, and outreach. Participation will extend ONS's voice further and gain a seat at an important table to represent the interests of our members and their patients.


Nurses have frequently led the way as adopters of quality improvement and now must step up to shape care by promoting concepts that have always been at the heart of nursing: coordinated, patient-centered care and the engagement of patients and their families in that care

[By Paula T. Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN, ONS Chief Executive Officer]
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Title Annotation:working for you; Oncology Nursing Society
Author:Rieger, Paula T.
Publication:ONS Connect
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2011
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