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Oncology Nursing Society Position Statement
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ONS Staffing Position Statement: Ambulatory Treatment Centers

ONF 2020, 1-2 DOI:

Appropriate nurse staffing levels contribute to the delivery of safe quality care and optimal patient outcomes. However, developing nurse staffing models, particularly in the ambulatory setting, is an ongoing challenge. Within this position statement, the term ambulatory setting includes infusion centers that provide treatment to patients with cancer, including non-chemotherapy treatment centers (e.g., blood products) and radiation therapy treatment centers. These settings share commonalities, including rapid turnover of patients and the administration of some type of treatment or intervention. Nurse staffing refers to the clinical nurses in the setting and does not include advanced practice nurses or nurses in other roles.