ONS Vivid Description of a Desired Future

ONS's Envisioned Future

ONS Vision: To lead the transformation of cancer care
ONS Mission: To promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care

Oncology nurses are leaders in the healthcare arena. They are committed to continuous learn­ing and leading the transformation of cancer care by advocating for high-quality care for people with cancer. The practice of oncology nursing is evidence-based and patient- and family-centered. Patients and their families, as well as other healthcare providers and team members, view oncology nurses as partners in cancer risk reduc­tion, cancer treatment, skilled management of symptoms associated with cancer from diagnosis through the end of life, and professional and pub­lic education about cancer. Lawmakers, regula­tors, other professional organizations, and patient advocates look to oncology nurses as influential leaders in the prevention, early detection, treat­ment, and management of cancer and in the high quality care of people with cancer, survivors of cancer, and those at the end of life.

"Oncology nurses and others who care for people with cancer rely on the resources provided by ONS."

Oncology nurses and others who care for people with cancer rely on the resources provided by ONS. Professional nurse certification, up-to-date treatment information, professional development, professional connections, and ONS membership are highly valued by cancer providers and the patient community. ONS is recognized nationally and internationally. It is a global leader and part­ner in the development and synthesis of research evidence for best practices, including disseminat­ing knowledge about cancer to healthcare profes­sionals and the public and creating innovative opportunities for professional development.

The incorporation of genetics into the cancer care model is successfully shifting the focus from treatment to risk reduction and prevention, including novel targeted therapies. Together, ONS and the cancer community seek to reduce the risks, incidence, and burden of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection, and improving the management of cancer symptoms and side effects throughout the disease trajectory.

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