A New Virtual Experience

Because an in-person conference was not feasible in 2020, ONS created and launched ONS Bridge™, its first virtual conference that helped connect members to valuable resources and education during a time of rapid change and uncertainty. ONS Bridge featured four days of live sessions, an interactive exhibit hall, and an on-demand library as well as the opportunity for attendees to acquire almost 100 nursing continuing professional development contact hours. More than 4,300 attendees participated in sessions within five educational tracks: Research, Learning and Development, Advanced Practice, Clinical Practice, and Radiation.

Registered attendees
Gained new knowledge
Will make a change in their practice
NCPD contact hours

New Learning Opportunities

ONS created new ways for oncology nurses to learn and earn nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours in 2020. Learners were able to earn NCPD through podcasts, webinars, live and virtual events, and articles published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. In addition, web courses offered NCPD and were redesigned to provide interactive learning, enhanced case studies, and implications for practice. A new course on nurse navigation, Equipping the Novice Oncology Nurse Navigator: An ONS Collaboration With AONN+, was designed to meet the growing needs of new nurse navigators.

In 2020, ONS also launched 14 digital learning libraries, which are curated collections of ONS resources about specific topics such as genomics and precision oncology, nutrition, and self-care.

Courses offered
Total Learning Activity Enrollments
New NCPD activites
ONS Pubications

ONS Publications

The ONS journals continued their dedication to oncology nursing excellence in 2020, with the Oncology Nursing Forum and Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) each publishing six issues focused on knowledge translation and implications for practice. The high quality of the ONS journals was acknowledged in 2020 when they were bestowed with four EXCEL Awards from Association Media and Publishing.

The journals were essential in the publication and dissemination of the ONS Guidelines™ and their corresponding systematic reviews and clinical summaries, with a total of 16 articles in the collection. In addition, CJON published two supplements in an expansive exploration of eHealth and cancer prevention, and provided NCPD contact hours in every issue in 2020.

ONS Voice served as a hub for ONS to share expert clinical content and recommendations for cancer care during COVID-19. The publication also was distinguished with Association Media and Publishing EXCEL Awards.

Oncology Nursing Podcast

  • Celebrated the release of the 100th episode
  • Released 53 new episodes, 46 of which offered NCPD
  • Hit 175,000 downloads by December 31, 2020 which helped to reach a milestone of more than 300,000 downloads since the podcast’s inception
  • Launched a series of health policy episodes with prestigious representatives and agency leaders, including the director of the National Cancer Institute, the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence, the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, the acting director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Oncology Nursing Podcast
Oncology Policies and Procedures


ONS continued to publish high-quality resources on critical topics in oncology nursing, including oncology nurse navigation, breast care certification, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

ONS also released the second edition of Oncology Policies and Procedures in an electronic format for licensing and bulk institutional purchases. This redesigned resource provided a new reference for the development and revision of internal policies based on ONS evidence-based standards and guidelines.

Special Thank You to the ONS Corporate Council and Industry Relations Panel

Corporate Council

Currently in its 10th year, the ONS Corporate Council continues to bring value to ONS members and leadership, as well as the participating companies, through shared goals of supporting oncology nursing, improving patient care, and advancing the oncology nursing profession.

Bristol Meyers Squibb
Daiichi Sankyo

Industry Relations Panel

Industry supporters also offered collaboration and engagement with ONS through the Industry Relations Panel. These companies support the ONS mission in promoting oncology nursing excellence and the transformation of cancer care through conference support and joint strategic initiatives, and share perspectives around topics affecting cancer care delivery.

Tier 2


Tier 1

Sanofi Genzyme
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