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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has developed a position paper that addresses quality cancer care. The position
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has developed a position paper thataddresses quality cancer care. The position statement was developed inresponse to the cost-reduction emphasis in health-care restructuring thatis threatening the delivery of quality cancer care.
The Society is concerned that a primary focus on cost by payors anddelivery systems signals an onerous intention to limit access to essentialcomponents of cancer care. Examples of these trends include payors restrictingaccess to specialty oncology care, payors imposing limitations on selectionof treatment options and access to supportive care services, registerednurses being encouraged to generalize rather than to specialize in oncology,specialized oncology units being dissolved or combined with non-specialtyunits, and chemotherapy drugs being administered either by nurses lackingoncology knowledge and chemotherapy competencies or by lesser-skilled assistivepersonnel.
The Society believes that the oncology registered nurse's role in themultidisciplinary team is pivotal in creating an environment conduciveto quality patient care. Therefore, it is the position of ONS that:
The price of the position paper is $2, which covers the cost of postageand handling. To order a copy of the position paper, contact the ONS CustomerService Department at 501 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, or call412-921-7373.