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Professional Issues

Celebrating ONS’s 40th Anniversary and Its Commitment to Cultural Competency, Diversity, and Inclusiveness

Guadalupe R. Palos
CJON 2015, 19(2), 228-229 DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.228-229

As a nation, we are experiencing major demographic shifts in our population. We all are aware of the increase in our aging population, changes in our family structure or marital patterns, and, most significant, the globalization of America. These shifts reflect that culture is not limited to race or ethnicity; it also encompasses cultures of age, religion, or sexual identity. As oncology nurses, we are keenly aware of the power of culture and its effect on one’s personal and professional lives, and even on one’s views toward health, illness, and wellness.

At a Glance

  • In our multicultural society, cultural competency, diversity, and inclusiveness are basic tenets of oncology nursing practice.
  • Oncology nursing care and practice can be transformed through the collective efforts of our profession.
  • The Oncology Nursing Society must continue to acknowledge the importance of inclusiveness and remain committed to growing as a culturally competent nursing organization.

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