Board Leadership: Nurses in Governance



ONS believes that every nurse is a leader and can be empowered to drive change in the health of our communities through board membership and leadership by learning the essentials of governance.

You have the firsthand clinical experience to understand the implications of healthcare strategy and the knowledge to envision the future of the oncology nursing profession. As you tirelessly strive to improve patient outcomes, enhance quality of life for patients and their families, and advocate for more effective nursing policies, you are already on your way to a leadership role.

Serving on a board of directors is an effective way to engage and implement the change that you’d like to see in your practice. Use your experience to shape the future for oncology nurses and patient care either through ONS or at any number of healthcare institutions. Oncology nurse leaders play a vital role in cancer care as we move forward. Gain the skills you need to serve with confidence.  

This on demand course is free to ONS members and mandatory for applicants interested in running for a director at large position with the ONS Board of Directors. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register.

You will enjoy access for 180 days from date of purchase, after which you will no longer be able to access the course.

Course Topics

  • Leading on boards
  • Board basics
  • Roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Meeting communication
  • Legal and ethical issues in governance
  • Fiscal oversight
  • Succession planning

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will report an increase in knowledge about serving in governance positions, and 75% of course participants will express an intent to apply for a governance or board position within the next 5 years.

Target Audience

This course is intended for nurses interested in serving in board positions.

ILNA Breakdown

Content in this learning activity is applicable to meeting individual requirements for certification renewal through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation's Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method. 

Up to 4.78 ILNA points may be applied to Professional Practice.

No more than 4.78 total points may be claimed for the program

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