International Affairs

ONS is pleased to be involved in education and outreach around the world, both to nurses and to interdisciplinary audiences. This work can best be accomplished with local, regional, and global partners, who could include other associations and not for profit organizations, governmental agencies, NGOs, foundations and industry.

The 2012-16 ONS Leadership pillar states that "Through ONS involvement, members become leaders and effective cancer care advocates in their workplace, community, and the Society." With sustainability and capacity-building at the forefront of our mission internationally, ONS is dedicated to our involvement in educating international leaders to promote evidence-based cancer care.

The goals of our international work are

  • Expand visibility and awareness of ONS outside the U.S.
  • Partner with international organizations
  • Spread ONS research and education
  • Serve the international nursing community
  • Build capacity among nurses worldwide
  • Learn from colleagues outside the U.S.

Presenters for international programs are selected from among a candidate pool of ONS members. These candidates are targeted primarily on their SIG involvement, primary positions, functional areas, international area of interest, and occasionally language spoken other than English, as well as other qualifications. If you are interested in an international teaching opportunity with ONS, please be sure that all demographic areas of your ONS profile are current, and that you have completed the “Professional and Leadership Expertise Profile” portion of your profile. If you have any questions, please email

2015 Programs and Conferences

  • Submit your abstract for the 2015 MASCC/ISOO International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer!
    June 25-27, 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
    All abstracts submitted prior to 31 December 2014 will be eligible for an early acceptance/rejection notification letter.  Early acceptance/rejection notification letters will be sent no later than 25 January 2015. The regular submission deadline for abstracts is 15 February 2015.

  • ISNCC invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the ICCN 2015
    July 8-11, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
    Abstract submission deadline is January 26, 2015 at 3:00 AM ET. The theme for ICCN 2015 is Cancer Nursing Research: Global Strategies and Implications for Evidence Based Practice. The ISNCC Conference Management Committee encourages participants to consider abstracts reflecting the concepts of cancer nursing research and evidence-based practice.

Has Your Chapter Considered Reaching Out Globally?

On a recent survey made available to both ONS members and potential members, the most important reason for ONS to be involved internationally was "to learn from colleagues outside the U.S.," followed closely by "to partner with international organizations."  

You may be familiar with the Oncology Nurses Worldwide email partnership program or the International Tiered Membership category (an online membership) for ONS members from lower resource countries.  But has your chapter considered taking an active role in partnering with international colleagues? 

Many chapters have made memberships available to colleagues from lower resource countries, sent publications as needed/requested, and even sponsored international colleagues to come to Congress!  Some chapter members are personally involved with oncology nursing societies in countries that are anxious to learn about topics like safe handling and prevention/early detection.

There are excellent and enriching ways to connect your chapter with colleagues and oncology nursing societies in all regions of the world, and your impact in many of these areas is significant!  If you are interested in learning more, or hearing from ONS chapters who are involved in international outreach, please write to