ONS Capitol Connection Blog
Visit the ONS Capitol Connection blog column to stay up to date with ONS’s health policy efforts and legislation that affects your practice.
At the 18th IOM meeting of the National Cancer Policy Forum, Past-Presidents Brenda Nevidjon and Deborah Mayer represented ONS during this year’s themed "Patient-Centered Cancer Treatment Planning: Improving the Quality of Oncology Care" conference, and are pictured with the opening speaker, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
NIWI participants attend a staff meeting with Senator Bob Casey's (D-PA) legislative assistant. The group discussed nursing education, research, and workforce issues, and how they are funded in the federal budget.
ONS Board member Laura Fennimore, DRN, and ONS Executive Director for External Relations Michele Dietz, RN, MSN, stand outside the US Capitol on their way to an advocacy meeting.
ONS member Patrick Coyne, MSN, APN, FAAN, meeting with US Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), on drug diversion and the implications for cancer patients under restricted access to approved medications.
ONS Board member Michele Gaguski, MSN, RN, AOCN, CHPN, speaks with Julie Sochalski, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Division of Nursing, HRSA, a NIWI presenter.
ONS meets with the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR). Special Assistant to the Director, NINR, Yvonne E. Bryan, PhD; ONS CEO Paula Trahan Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN; NINR Director, Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN; ONS President, Carlton G. Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN®
ONS CEO Paula Trahan Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN meets with US Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ) at a health policy conference in Washington, DC.
ONS President, Carlton G. Brown, RN, PhD, AOCN®; ONS member and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN, serving in the office of US Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV); and ONS CEO Paula Trahan Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN
ONS member Susan M. Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN(r), FAAN and Duke University School of Nursing professor with her US Representative David Price (D-NC), discussing federal funding for NIH research dollars.
ONS member Dawn C. Stefanik, AA, MLT, BSN, RN, OCN, a nurse manager of an infusion center and infusion pharmacy, testifies before the FDA on the drug shortage issue, speaking for oncology nurses and the need for access to appropriate prescription medications for cancer patients.
Lymphedema Society and ONS meet with US Representative Larry Kissell (D-NC) on his treatment bill.
US Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) meets with ONS Mississippi State Health Policy Liaison, Angela Hammack.
US ONS Maryland Chapter leaders meet in Annapolis to discuss state advocacy efforts. NFL Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco stops by to endorse oncology nurses!
ONS Board Member Michele Gaguski (right) presents Tina LoBiando (left) with a leadership award for her championship of cancer awareness. Tina's husband, US Representative Frank LoBiando (R-NJ) also received an award from the ONS Southern Jersey Shore Chapter for his leadership.
The Long Island/Queens, New York, ONS Chapter presented US Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) with an award for his leadership in cancer symptom management. Congressman Israel, flanked by ONS members Claire Meci RN MSN OCN, Gail Probst RN MSN AOCN, Colleen O'Brien RN CBCN CBPN-IC, Christine Guanieri RN BSN OCN, reintroduced ONS’s signature legislation in January 2012.
ONS President Carl Brown, and President-Elect Mary Gullatte present US Representative Lois Capps (D-CA), a nurse by training, with a copy of Mary's latest book. The forward was written by Congresswoman Capps.
HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, speak with ONS President Carl Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN and ONS CEO Paula Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN at the DC office of the American Public Health Association about the FY2013 federal budget and nurse education funding.
ONS Leaders finish a day on Capitol Hill meeting with their Congressional offices at the 2012 Nurses in Washington Internship (NIWI) program. ONS had one of the largest contingencies, 10, out of the 93 nurses attending this annual legislative event.
Former ONS Board Member Sue Schneider, PhD, RN, speaks at a coalition briefing on Capitol Hill honoring US Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA) for being champions of cancer research.
ONS members Eric Cohen, Susan Schneider, Laurie Dohnalek with US Representative Lois Capps, RN (D-CA) on Capitol Hill at a cancer research coalition briefing.
Cancer research honoree US Representative Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and ONS members Nancy Corbitt, Eric Cohen, Susan Schneider, and Laurie Dohnalek.
ONS members Eric Cohen, Nancy Corbitt, and Laurie Dohnalek with US Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO), honored for her extraordinary support of cancer research at the NIH.
ONS member and summer health policy associate Kate Bell, RN; ONS CEO Paula Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN; ONS President Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN; HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, MD, MPH; and ONS Past-President Brenda M. Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN at the IOM's National Cancer Policy Forum on Reducing Tobacco-Related Cancer Incidence and Mortality.
ONS Health Policy advocate Carrie Bilicki, RN, speaks with her member of Congress, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), at a county fair.
Paula Rieger, RN, MSN, FAAN, ONS CEO at the U.S. Senate Nursing Caucus briefing on nurse workforce issues, with Janet D. Allan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Maryland. Darlene Curley, MS, RN Executive Director, Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Marjorie S. Wiggins, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC Vice President of Nursing & Chief Nursing Officer Maine Medical Center.
ONS member Kate Bell, RN (left) and ONS Board Member Lori Williams, RN, PhD, with their US Representative Ted Poe (R-TX)
ONS member Barbara Damron, PhD, RN; FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD; ONS Health Policy Director Alec Stone; ONS member Deborah Miller, PhD, MPH, RN after a Friends of Cancer Research briefing in the US Senate Dirksen Office Building.
ONS President Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN; Former First Lady Laura Bush; ONS Health Policy Director Alec Stone
ONS President Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN presenting on a panel at the Komen Global Breast Cancer Forum.
Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, CRNP, AOCN, Assistant Professor/Nurse Practitioner attends the Nurse In Washington Internship (NIWI) program DC, March 17-19, taking meetings with Congressional representatives advocating for the importance of nurses in healthcare.
Susan Crafton, RN, OCN, Marilyn Isreal, RN, OCN, Amy Sander, RN, OCN, Alec Stone, ONS Health Policy Director, Andrea Cline, RN, BSN, OCN (Educator), Connie Cook, RN, BSN, NE-BC (Director), Gigi Robison, RN, MSN, AOCN (CNS), Lois Hathorn, RN, BSN, OCN (Manager) at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.
ONS leaders Mary Vecchio RN (NJ), Nancee Hirano RN (CA), along with Congresswoman Lois Capps, RN, stand with Michele Gaguski RN (NJ), and Margaret Barton-Burke RN (MO) at the 2013 DC ONS Congressional Reception.
ONS CEO Paula Rieger and Executive Director Michele Dietz speak with PA Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) at a cancer forum in DC.
ONS' Executive Director for Professional Practice and Programs, Liz Wertz Evans, RN, PhD, with US Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) at the HIMSS National Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit in Washington, DC celebrating National Health IT Week (#NHITweek).
ONS members Michele Gaguski, Josie Ellis, and Kathryn Thomas with US Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) at the Walk/Run for Lung Cancer Awareness in Ocean City, NJ.
ONS Executive Director Michele Dietz with former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala at the IOM's "Back to the Future of Nursing" lecture.
ONS Executive Director Elizabeth Wertz Evans, RN, PhD, with US Assistant Secretary of Health at HHS, Howard Koh, MD
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