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Celebrating Oncology Nursing Month

Every May, we celebrate Oncology Nursing Month to recognize the critical role oncology nurses play in patient care. We honor them for their dedication, commitment, and passion for helping those in need. Oncology nurses play a key role in their patients’ cancer journey from explaining a diagnosis, to providing guidance through treatment, celebrating victories, and comforting patients through unimaginable setbacks.

This year’s Oncology Nursing Month theme is “Inspiring Innovation. Inspiring Care.” The word “inspiring” describes exactly what oncology nurses do, especially as we look back at your contributions over the past year. Despite the challenges of global pandemic and adjusting to the new normal, nurses have continued to show up for patients with fierce dedication and compassion.

As we salute oncology nurses across The Network, we recognize their contributions and impact. Farah Olson, RN, BSN of Minnesota Oncology describes her role in patient care and her source of inspiration, “As an oncology nurse, I have the privilege of helping patients when they are most vulnerable. I try to bring a sense of understanding to a scary diagnosis and guide patients through their disease process and treatment with empathy and compassion. In the process of getting to know my patients and helping them through their uncharted cancer journey, little did I know that they would be teaching me about life and even myself. Every day, I am in awe of my patient’s courage, strength, perseverance, hope, and love. They inspire me to not sweat the small stuff and to not take anything for granted. I truly love what I do, and I will always provide my patients with the care that they deserve.”

The US Oncology Network supports nurses year-round

The Network recognizes the important role nurses play in providing the highest quality patient care in a community setting and we are committed to supporting the professional growth and development of all our nurses and clinical staff. Nurses in The Network have access to clinical education programs, various certification courses, including the ONCC FreeTakeTM Certification Program. In addition, they have access to leadership courses and other learning resources to further their educational opportunities.

We thank you

Even when faced with the most difficult situations, oncology nurses remain fearlessly committed to provide endless compassion and comfort to patients. Never has there been a greater demonstration of oncology nurses’ fierce commitment to patients with cancer as in this past year. While struggling with their own fears, family and personal needs, oncology nurses continued their excellent care and commitment to patients. We celebrate all nurses of The US Oncology Network and beyond during Oncology Nursing Month, and every other day of the year. Thank you for all you do day in and day out!


Beatrice Mautner, RN, MSN, OCN is the Vice President of Clinical and Innovent Services for The US Oncology Network. She’s responsible for leading The Network’s clinical services teams and ensuring that nurses and clinical staff at practices in The Network have the resources and support necessary to provide high-quality patient care every day.