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Core Values

When all else changes, values endure.

Values are our organizations’ guiding principles. They represent our core beliefs for the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and its family of affiliated corporations, including the ONS Foundation, the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and ONS:Edge. The ONS values serve to guide our leaders and members. All are encouraged to assign their personal meaning to each of these words, for values are beliefs, both personal and collective. The explanatory phrases with each value are meant as guides for understanding. These phrases should neither limit the intent of the value nor serve as a definition.

  • Integrity
    • Professional and ethical behavior

The organization and its certificants exhibit integrity and earn trust through ethical behaviors and uncompromising professionalism to all parties in business, professional, and personal interactions.

  • Innovation
    • Innovation in testing and thinking

ONCC and its certificants face every endeavor with creativity and knowledge. We strive to apply our broad perspectives consistently while leading the transformation of cancer care.

  • Stewardship
    • Fiscal responsibility
    • Professional support, development and mentoring

We are committed to protecting and nurturing the resources of the constituency and the organization. We do this through judicious and prudent use of all of our financial resources and the time and talents of our members and staff. We are accountable to the members and the public to nurture and grow our human and financial assets.

  • Advocacy
    • Informed consumers, providers, professionals, employers

We, as an organization and as individuals, advocate on behalf of people with cancer to ensure their quality of life and their access to exemplary care throughout the continuum of life. We advocate on behalf of the nursing profession and the oncology specialty to ensure respect and recognition.

  • Excellence
    • Maintain fair, valid and reliable certification process
    • Data-driven and/or research-based decision making
    • Education

We strive to foster excellence in oncology nursing practice. We are committed to nothing less than excellence in our organization, certification processes, and the care of patients.

  • Inclusiveness
    • Cultural and ethnic diversity and sensitivity
    • Collaboration
    • Recognition

We celebrate and support diversity of thought and of individuals. We strive for a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse constituency to strengthen our ability to meet the needs of everyone we serve.

Updated October 2013