From the bedside to the boardroom, every nurse is a leader. Whether staff nurses, APNs and managers, or those serving administrative roles, nurses must be strong leaders at every level of our profession—not only to nurture and care for those in need but also to serve as advocates, change agents, and exemplary clinical leaders. ONS has the resources and tools you need to grow your skills as a leader.
Take a leadership development course. Serving on a board of directors is an effective way to engage and implement the change that you’d like to see in your practice. Learn how to use your experience to shape the future for oncology nurses and patient care with the online course, Board Leadership: Nurses in Governance.
Enroll in a professional practice course. ONS offers two professional practice courses: Professional Practice—Oncology RN and Professional Practice—Oncology NP. They are available on demand and each gives a comprehensive overview of nursing standards, ethics, advocacy, evidence-based practice, and much more.
Apply for the emerging leader award. ONS encourages members who are advancing the oncology nursing profession and quality of cancer care at the local/regional level to apply for this award.
Search our publications. ONS publishes many titles that address the needs of nurse leaders and educators. Here are three examples:
Maintain your certification. ONS provides the NCPD resources to manage your ILNA work plan and maintain your certification through ONCC.
Become a mentor. As a leader, you can be a great resource and role model for other nurses. Share your experiences and insights as a mentor, and give back.
Volunteer for ONS. Give some of your valuable time to helping improve cancer care on the local, national or international level.
Help lead your local chapter. Develop your leadership skills by taking a leadership role in your local chapter and help plan chapter activities.
Join the Nurses on Boards Coalition. Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN and chief executive officer of ONS explains how your involvement on a corporate, nonprofit, or governance board can make a positive impact on our healthcare environment.
Get active in our communities. Sharing best practices, answer questions and connect with other members by participating in the ONS communities.