Governance
EONS President Andreas Charalambous

As EONS President, I would like to welcome you to our newly relaunched website. EONS’ history extends over more than 35 years during which much has been achieved. In that time, EONS has developed as a professional organisation, a voice for cancer nursing in Europe and an important partner in multi-organisational efforts to improve the quality of cancer care, patient outcomes and patient experiences.

As EONS grows, our reach spreads to the borders of Europe and beyond. We are working to develop and promote cancer nursing as a specialism across Europe and also to improve collaboration between countries to improve nursing roles, including advanced ones, in cancer care.

These are challenging times on so many different levels and at the present time we are also faced with the global pandemic of COVID-19. Our challenges include constant endeavors to achieve cancer efficiency, lack of resources, increased numbers of patients with complex co-morbidities, polypharmarcy, an ageing population and cancer nurses shortages, to name a few.

Despite the many successes throughout the history of EONS, much still remains to be achieved. This year we are celebrating the international “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” and, as experienced nurses around the world excel in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a momentum here: if we work together as cancer nurses, both in Europe and also with our colleagues worldwide, we really can make the changes that are needed to secure a nursing workforce prepared to meet the current and future challenges. Our ambition extends not only to providing the complex patient care required across the cancer continuum but also to placing cancer nursing on the oncopolicy agenda, improving cancer nursing as a career and a recognised profession in light of the ever-changing paradigm of healthcare.

EONS is its members, so in order to meet these ambitious goals we need your help , through the EONS national societies, individual members, the advisory board meetings, expert working groups, EONS conferences and educational activities and projects. Working together is the best way to go if we want to promote the cancer nursing environment. There is no limit to what can be achieved.

We are doing everything we can to connect with you as our members and as cancer nurses in Europe. EONS provides you with the unique opportunity to be part of the European family of cancer nurses. Together we can achieve our goals.

Governance

An Executive Board, Advisory Council and the Members make up the organisational structure of EONS. These three bodies collaborate to identify the goals and strategies of the Society and to implement activities which support the mission of EONS.

The Membership governs the Society through various activities including voting on constitutional changes, discussion of strategic issues and nomination and election of members of the Executive Board.

How we work

Both National Society Members and Individual Members are invited once a year to approve the audited accounts of the previous year and, in an election year, to vote in the EONS Executive Board and Presidential elections.

The Advisory Council is composed of representatives of EONS oncology nursing societies and is invited on an annual basis to advise on  the strategic development of the Society.

The Executive Board acts in the capacity of trustees and conducts the affairs of the European Oncology Society (EONS) in accordance with the policies determined by the Members and the Advisory Council within the laws governing Belgian not-for-profit associations.