EONS Past-Presidents Daniel Kelly and Erik van Muilekom, and ONS President Susan Schneider, welcome you to this special edition of the EONS Magazine, reporting on the EONS Leadership Summit.
I was really delighted to see so many of our EONS members joining us for this important event from across Europe, and beyond. Now, in this special issue of the EONS magazine that reports in depth on the summit, all those who were unable to attend can read about what took place – and those who were there can revisit this rich experience.
During the summit, a range of stimulating talks and workshops set out to show participants that leadership is more than a word; it is a way of being that drives change and makes what may first seem impossible eventually become possible, and then the norm. Nurses have always been leaders and cancer nurses have forged ahead with change to help support patients and deliver innovations that improve the quality of cancer care. As you read these articles, I invite you to think about your role as a leader and what you need to do to help your team deliver the best care possible for people living with cancer. EONS believes that every cancer nurse is a leader. The task now is to demonstrate leadership skills in every clinic, hospital and home. We hope that this special issue of the EONS Magazine will inspire you to become the best leader you can be.
With best wishes to you all in your own leadership journeys!
Erik van Muilekom
It was wonderful to welcome cancer nurses from all over our continent to the center of my home country, the Netherlands, for the 2017 EONS-ONS Leadership Summit.
The summit was a great opportunity to learn about, get inspired by, and practice nursing leadership – and this edition of the magazine now extends that experience to you too. With articles from a diverse group of nursing leaders and experts from around Europe and the USA, this issue is a unique opportunity to reflect on your own leadership capacities and skills.
I am convinced that all the knowledge and experiences shared during the summit, and reflected in these reports, will be very useful in our daily work and help us change our practice. This is not only beneficial for our professional development as cancer nurses but also has an impact on cancer patients outcomes.
I hope you enjoy reading this edition of the magazine and that it will help you to be energised, motivated and stimulated – and convinced that, yes, every nurse is a leader!
In all of our various roles, nurses serve as leaders. Effective leadership involves vision, knowledge, personal mastery, systems thinking, and interpersonal effectiveness.
I hope that, as you read these articles, whether you are a nurse in an individual practice setting, leading groups or serving in a governance role, you will evaluate your leadership skills and think about how developing your skills can benefit your patients, your professional growth, and your place of employment.