Oncology Nurses Association of India

The Oncology Nurses Association of India (ONAI) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in oncology nursing care in India. It aims to provide a platform for oncology nurses to enhance their knowledge, skills, and professional development in order to improve patient outcomes.

The formation of an association has been a long-awaited dream for the dedicated Oncology Nurses at Tata Memorial Hospital. The primary objective behind this initiative is to unite all nurses involved in oncology care and create a platform for continuous learning and development in the field of Oncology Nursing.

Ms. A.K.Bhargavi, the then nursing superintendent along with few nurses originated the association. 1st November 1994 during the UICC conference held at New Delhi, it was inaugurated. The first release of quarterly newsletter “Oncology Nursing News Letter” was done by the then Executive Secretary of Oncology Nursing society (ONS) Ms. Pearl Moore.


Oct 1993

Senior members of Tata Memorial Hospital thought of starting a professional organization.

Nov 1994

First office bear of the Oncology Nurses Association of India.


The History of Oncology Nurses Association of India

Nov 1994

The Oncology Nurses Association of India was officially inaugurated in New Delhi by Ms. Pearl Moore, CEO, and ONS.

Milestones of ONAI

First Office Bearers

President – Ms. Bhargavi
Secretary – Ms. M. Carvalho
Treasurer – Ms. S. Retnamony
Jt. Treasurer – Ms. T.P. Chacko

Executive Members – Ms. Annamma Chacko, Ms. Usha Samudre, Ms. Satam, Ms. Sitalakshmi Pillai, Ms. R. S. Bhalekar.

Terms of Office

1st term – 1994-1999
2nd term – 2000-2003
3rd term – 2003-2007
4th term – 2007-2012
5th term – 2013-2016
6th term – 2016-2020
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Eligibility for Membership

The Oncology Nurses Association of India has presently 1750 Life Members and Institutional Members.

Life Member - Rs.4,000/-
Fully trained nurses interested or plasticising in oncology.
Institutional Membership - Rs.6,000/-
For a term of 4 years. Quarterly issue of Journal. Institutes have no voting rights. Only for institutes.

Future objectives are;

To collaborate with Oncology Nursing Society and International society of cancer care.
Avail more educational opportunities for oncology nurses.
Create more career avenues in India and abroad for oncology nurses.
Link nursing department with leading cancer institutions especially Royal Marsden, London for the exchange programme.
To develop various sub specialities in Oncology nursing for the coming decades
Indian Journal of Oncology Nursing