Grants Also Seek to Speed Research Breakthroughs to Bedside Care
DALLAS – September 17, 2009 – To improve the care that cancer patients receive, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded two grants totaling $200,000 to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the ONS Foundation to find ways to fill the gaps in education as well as to support the development of new knowledge.
“Oncology nurses are usually the most closely involved medical professionals in the day-to-day care of women and men with breast cancer, and they are a tremendous resource for helping to identify the issues involved in that care,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of Komen for the Cure. “This research will help us tap that enormous expertise, to identify ways to deliver even better care for people with this disease.”
One of the Komen grants to the ONS is designed to identify and address the gaps in oncology nursing curriculum as well as the knowledge gap between non-oncology nurses and nursing students caring for patients with cancer.
The second Komen grant will help fund breast cancer research sponsored by the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. This grant will focus on one area vital to the oncology nursing profession and the delivery of quality cancer care: conducting research in understudied topic areas where gaps exist in the knowledge base of oncology nursing practice.
About Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of over 37,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing. ONS members represent a diverse group of professionals employed in a variety of professional roles, practice settings, and subspecialty practice areas. ONS provides a variety of high quality educational programs, publications and leadership experiences for staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, case managers, educators, researchers, and consultants. To learn more visit www.ons.org.
About the ONS Foundation
The ONS Foundation was established in 1981, by the Oncology Nursing Society. The ONS Foundation is a national public, non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and dedicated solely to oncology nurses from around the world. The ONS Foundation is supported by funding from corporations and individual members of the Oncology Nursing Society. Since 1981, the Foundation has distributed more than $20 million in research grants, research fellowships, academic scholarships, lectures, public education projects, career development awards, congress scholarships, Institutes of Learning, and oncology advanced practice.