Make the Most of Your ONS Membership
Welcome to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). By joining ONS, you’ve made a commitment to your professional growth and to providing quality care to your patients and their families. Whether you seek continuing nursing education, networking opportunities, or clinical resources, ONS is here for you. We’re happy to have you with us! To begin your membership journey, take a few moments to view this brief welcome message.
Dues Increase Will Allow ONS to Continue to Provide High-Quality Member Benefits
ONS cares about oncology nurses and is committed to providing its members with the best evidence-based education, products, and services to help them improve care for patients with cancer and their families. To continue to offer the highest-quality member benefits that continue to meet our members’ needs, the ONS Board of Directors must make prudent and fiscally responsible decisions for ONS’s financial health into the future. At its March meeting, the Board voted to increase the cost of dues for ONS membership effective July 1, 2013.
The Board carefully evaluated a number of factors before making this important decision.
- Although ONS had been on a cycle whereby dues were increased every three years, it has been five years since the last increase.
- Because dues have remained constant for the past five years, the value of dues has been eroded by inflation. ONS has continued to invest in member programs and services, even at a rate higher than the 1.4% rate of inflation.
- ONS prepared a competitive analysis of other similar organizations. Compared to other organizations, ONS’s dues remain relatively low.
- It is essential that ONS finds the right balance between the Society’s leadership position and its perceived value by members. Thoughtful consideration was given to how we are viewed versus the extent to which members are engaged. Among the community served, ONS is seen as the preeminent source for oncology nursing products, services, and information, justifying a reasonable dues increase.
- It is important to remember that the Board has already approved the $10 chapter dues for all members to cover universal chapter membership. The entire $10 chapter fee is distributed to each member’s respective chapter.
- During the recent ONS national election, ONS members voted to approve a new member category: early career professionals. The dues for the new category are priced at the midpoint between student membership and regular membership. The affordable, introductory rate will allow newer nurses within five years of obtaining their RN license to join their professional association at the start of their careers.
- The senior membership category has been changed to retired to better serve retired nurses who would like to remain a part of the oncology nursing community after they are no longer working.
Effective July 1, 2013, ONS dues will increase to $120. When the $10 universal chapter membership dues are added, the new total comes to $130 per year for regular membership. New dues amounts for other member categories (e.g., student, early career professional, retired) have also been determined by the formula currently in place for establishing the category discounts from the regular dues amount (e.g., students pay 50% of regular dues, early career professionals pay 75%, and so on). See the member dues by category chart for more detail.
The ONS Board of Directors is committed to supporting the investment in high-quality and evidence-based programs and services for our members. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know at email@example.com. We are here for you.
Update Your Profile So ONS Can Better Serve You
Not all oncology nurses are alike. Your roles, practice settings, patient populations, and more differ. ONS recognizes this and strives to ensure you’re getting the information and resources you need from your professional association. One way we do this is to customize the information you receive from us based on the demographics in your ONS profile. As you know, the healthcare landscape is rapidly changing; ONS recently updated the demographics it collects to better reflect the world in which you practice.
Please take a few minutes to update your ONS profile to ensure we have the most current information about who you are and what you do.
Getting involved in ONS is a great way to advance your career, make professional connections, and improve patient care. Find a volunteer opportunity to fit your schedule and your interests.
Find Your Dream Job
Looking for a professional change? The ONS Career Center is an online database of job postings from across the United States. This member benefit offers free and confidential resume posting, access to the National Healthcare Center Network, job searches, easy job application, and more.
The Membership & Component Relations Department is here to help you make the most of your member benefits and programs. If you have questions about ONS, becoming a member, or about your member benefits, email us or call us at 412-859-6100.