Attendees Leave ONS Congress® and Prepare to Transform Cancer Care
Signing off from Congress, thank you for making this year's conference a huge success. Attendees leave today rejuvenated, refocused, and revitalized after connecting with their peers, and they're taking the knowledge they learned home to transform their own organizations, institutions, and practices. Hear from members of the ONS Congress Planning Team and 2023-2024 ONS President Danya Garner, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, OCN®, CCRN-K, about our time in San Antonio, TX.
Foundation Doubled Its Fundraising Totals at 48th Annual ONS Congress®
Coming to you from Congress, where attendees, ONS chapters, and Fun Run participants poured out overwhelming support for the Oncology Nursing Foundation. In total, the Foundation raised nearly $60,000 to reinvest in the future of oncology nursing through its awards, grants, and scholarships.
Thank You, ONS Congress® Attendees!
Coming to you from Congress, as our coverage wraps up, we're reminded once more of the strength and compassion oncology nurses demonstrate every day. On Saturday evening, we celebrated all of you during the ONS Congress attendee reception at the Stars at Night Ballroom in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center.
Viva Fiesta With the Local Chapter at ONS Congress® in San Antonio, TX
Coming to you from Congress, volunteers from the local ONS chapter are sharing resources, promoting ONS membership, and serving as helping hands for attendees as they navigate the 48th annual conference—all with a San Antonio Fiesta flair.
ONS Congress® Reception Celebrates Outgoing President Jeannine Brant
Coming to you from Congress, where on Friday evening, guests celebrated and honored 2022-2023 ONS President Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCN®, FAAN. Join us as we look back at the previous year and reflect on our accomplishments in oncology nursing.
Fun Run Marks 30th Anniversary at ONS Congress®
Coming to you from Congress, attendees were up bright and early on Saturday morning to participate in the 30th annual Oncology Nursing Foundation/Pfizer Fun Run/Walk and Wheelchair event in San Antonio, TX. Take a look at some of the excitement.
Meet the 2023-2026 Class of ONS Directors-at-Large at ONS Congress®
Coming to you from Congress, meet the newly appointed ONS directors-at-large. These three nurses will serve on the ONS Board of Directors through 2026 and are part of the first incoming class appointed by the ONS Leadership Development Committee. Hear about their previous Congress experiences and what they are most excited about at the 48th annual conference.
Continue the Conversation With ONS Congress® Key Speakers
Coming to you from Congress, we're speaking with some of the key speakers presenting at the the 48th annual conference. Here, Tamryn Gray, PhD, RN, MPH, Chris Snyder, and Lauren Ghazal, PhD, FNP-BC, talk about their sessions and ways you can learn more about important topics like caregivers, safety and violence in health care, and nursing sustainability.
Preview the Poster Pavilion at ONS Congress®
Coming to you from Congress, attendees visited the ONS Poster Pavilion to talk with poster abstract presenters to learn more about key oncology nursing topics, directly from leaders and experts. Take a look at one of this year's poster sessions.
ONCC's Breakfast Celebrates Certified Nurses at ONS Congress®
Coming to you from Congress, we're taking a look at the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation's (ONCC's) recognition breakfast for oncology-certified nurses. As attendees enjoyed their breakfast with their colleagues, they also recognized the 2023 Certified Nurse of the Year Award recipients; learned from keynote speaker, humorist, and author Jess Pettitt; and even earned NCPD contact hours.
Explore the Learning Hall at the 48th Annual ONS Congress®
Coming to you from Congress, get a peek at the ONS Learning Hall, where attendees can connect with oncology nursing colleagues; chat with industry experts, sponsors, and advocacy partners; and even find a space to prioritize their well-being. Watch what's in store for attendees in the Learning Hall through Saturday.
Meet the Advocate Who Helped Pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act
Coming to you from Congress®, we get to know the 2023 ONS President's Award recipient, Heather Ferguson, the founder and executive director of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group. Ferguson had a pivotal role in advocating with ONS for the Lymphedema Treatment Act, which was finally passed into law in December 2022 and improves access to care for patients and survivors.
ONS Congress® Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Oncology Nurses Across the World
Coming to you from Congress, it's the event you've been waiting for. Bright and early on Thursday morning, attendees at the 48th annual conference made their way to the doors of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX, for the opening ceremony and keynote address. Watch as oncology nurses from near and far arrive on our red carpet.
Get Ready for ONS Congress® With the Oncology Nursing Foundation
Coming to you from Congress, join us as we speak with Oncology Nursing Foundation President Laura Benson about what attendees can expect at the 48th Annual ONS Congress and how oncology nurses everywhere can support the profession.
Rejuvenate, Refocus, and Revitalize Your Practice and Yourself at the 48th Annual ONS Congress®
Bringing together more than 3,000 oncology nurses and other cancer care providers, the Oncology Nursing Society hosts its 48th Annual ONS Congress in San Antonio, TX, from April 26–30, 2023. As the largest, most comprehensive oncology nursing conference in the United States, the annual event offers educational sessions, networking opportunities, and groundbreaking nursing research reports.
Margaret Hansen Frogge Receives 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at 47th Annual ONS Congress
ONS honored a long-time member, Margaret Hansen Frogge, MS, RN, for a career of contributions to cancer care with its 2022 ONS Lifetime Achievement Award during the 47th Annual ONS Congress® in Anaheim, CA. The award commemorates Frogge’s passion for the profession through decades of oncology nursing practice and leadership.
Catherine Lyons Posthumously Receives 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at 47th Annual ONS Congress
In a fitting tribute to a life that touched so many others, ONS honored member Catherine Lyons, RN, MS, NEA-BC, FNAP, posthumously with a 2022 ONS Lifetime Achievement Award during its 47th Annual ONS Congress® in Anaheim, CA. Before her retirement and death in November 2021, Lyons was an executive consultant for oncology services.
ONS Announces 2022 Award Recipients at 47th Annual ONS Congress® in Anaheim
Every year, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) recognizes oncology nurses, employers, and researchers through its awards program. Today, the Society announced the recipients of the 2022 ONS Awards at the 47th Annual ONS Congress in Anaheim, CA.
Oncology Nurses Receive Awards at the 46th Annual ONS Congress
Oncology nurses make diverse contributions to cancer care from direct care of patients to building the evidence for practice, educating the next generation of oncology nurses, and advocating for quality care. The past year has amplified the dedication that oncology nurses have to their profession. Each year, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) recognizes the recipients, from the previous year, at ONS Congress.
Betty Ferrell Receives 2021 ONS Lifetime Achievement Award
With nearly half a century of outstanding contributions to the field of oncology nursing, ONS member Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, CHPN, FAAN, FPCN, was selected by the ONS Board of Directors to receive the Society’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. Ferrell is the director of the division of nursing research and education at City of Hope in Duarte, CA, principal investigator of the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project, and a world-renowned author and lecturer.
For 2021, ONS Election Recruitment Goes Virtual, Congress Fees Remain Level
During its April 28, 2020, conference call, the ONS Board of Directors collaborated with the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) to create a virtual recruitment process for candidates in the 2021 election.
ONS Congress, Chapter Leadership, and Business Meetings Go Virtual
To address travel restrictions from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic while delivering important learning and resources ONS members rely on, during its March conference call the ONS Board of Directors made several decisions to host its meetings and content virtually throughout 2020.
By Growing Together, We Can Transform Care
The ONS Congress Planning team really nailed it this year. In Just four words, using the theme of Growing Together, Transforming Care, they were able to describe the essence of why we will gather as a professional organization for ONS’s annual meeting.
44th Annual ONS Congress Celebrates Oncology Nursing Innovation, Research, and Patient Care
Annually, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) brings together more than 3,700 oncology nurses from across the country and around the globe to celebrate and advance the oncology nursing profession. The 44th Annual ONS Congress in Anaheim, CA, from April 11–15, 2019, showcases educational sessions, networking opportunities, and groundbreaking nursing research.
Nurses Share New Ways to Prevent and Manage Difficult Side Effects in Cancer Care
Managing toxicities and adverse events (AEs) so that patients can continue to stay on effective treatments is essential to improving outcomes. Catherine Hill, BSN, RN, OCN®, Margaret Blaney, RN, BSN, Ashley Layton, BSN, RN, OCN®, and Kaddie Lopez, BSN, RN, OCN®, PHN, discussed ways to manage and prevent symptoms in cancer care during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Nurse Management of cGVHD in Patients on Ibrutinib Focuses on Education
Ibrutinib is a first-in-class, once-daily inhibitor of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase. In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ibrutinib for the treatment of adult patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) after failure of one or more lines of systemic therapy.
Instructional Class Improves CAR T-Cell Knowledge in ICU and BMT Nurses
Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T-cell) therapy has become an integral part of the advancement of lymphoma and other cancer treatments. However, educational resources and available published literature are still lacking for oncology and intensive care nurses.
Electronic Health Records Provide a Link Between Patient Data and Care Outcomes
Electronic health records (EHRs) can offer so much more than a way to keep all processes and procedures linked to a patient. Christina Boord, BSN, RN, OCN®, and Cori Kopecky, MSN, RN, OCN®, discussed electronic health records, patient data, and outcomes during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
APNs Give Practical Advice for Establishing Clinics and Implementing Programs
Advanced practice nurses (APNs) are creating new and innovative programs that educate patients and help them live better, healthier lives. Lorraine Drapek, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, Geline Joy Tamayo, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, OCN®, TTS, Suzanne McGettigan, MSN, CRNP, AOCN®, ANP-BC, and Edward Bentlyewski, MSN, APN, NP-C, AOCNP®, discussed their experiences with APN-run clinics and program implementation during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Nurses Are Using Quality Care to Improve Patient Outcomes
Staying updated on advancements in cancer care increases the chances of improved outcomes for patients. Cara Henderson, RN, BSN, CMSRN, patient service manager of surgical oncology at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, CT; Elizabeth Rodriguez, DNP, RN, OCN®, nurse leader of outpatient services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, Amanda Choflet, DNP, RN, OCN®, director of nursing in radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD, and Megan Howe, MSN, RN, OCN®, nurse manager of Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, discussed the factors that relate to improving outcomes, the multidisciplinary approaches to the process change strategy, and the results and future direction of chosen pathways during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Genomics Is Revolutionizing Cancer Care Now and For the Future
As precision oncology continues to expand, so does the ability to use less-toxic targeted therapies. James Chen, MD, assistant professor of biomedical informatics and assistant professor of internal medicine at the division of medical oncology at Ohio State University in Columbus, described his work with genomics in cancer care and the challenges in precision medicine at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Drug Offers Extended Adjuvant Treatment Option for HER2+ Metastatic Breast Cancer
An estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,920 related deaths will occur in the United States in 2018. Patients with distant disease have a poorer five-year relative survival rate (26.9%) compared with localized (98.9%) and regional (85.2%) disease. HER2+ breast cancer accounts for approximately 20%–25% of all breast cancer diagnoses, and this type of breast cancer is more common in younger women, decreasing in frequency with age across all stages.
Pharmacology Update Session Gives Oncology Nurses the Essentials on New Drug Approvals
If it seems like a new oncology drug or indication comes to market every month, you wouldn’t be wrong. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a record number of oncology agents in 2017 and 2018. Teresa Knoop, MSN, RN, AOCN®, assistant director of clinical operations at the Clinical Trials Shared Resource at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN, gave an update on the latest therapies during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Oncology Nurses Have a Responsibility to Identify and Prevent Opioid Abuse in Patients With Cancer
As the opioid abuse epidemic prevails in the United States, patients with cancer can be affected. Yu-Ping Chang, PhD, RN, FGSA, associate dean for research and scholarship in the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo in New York, and Tonya Edwards, MS, MSN, BSN, FNP-C, a nurse practitioner of supportive care at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, discussed how the opioid epidemic affects patients and how to identify and prevent opioid and substance abuse during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Better Care Is Needed to Manage Oral Cavity Symptoms of Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease
During the State-of-the-Science Lecture at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC, Jane Fall-Dickinson, PhD, RN, AOCN®, of Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, discussed chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD), specifically its oral cavity complications. She presented challenges, clinical data, and goals for improving its treatment and management options.
Tips for Creating a Multidisciplinary Research Team Focused on Symptom Management
Catherine Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Pittsburgh, and Amy Hoffman, PhD, RN, of Michigan State University, shared their experiences in building interdisciplinary research teams to assess symptom management during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
The Power of a Nurse: The Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship
Margaret Bevans, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, program director and clinical nurse scientist at the National Institutes of Health’s Nursing Research and Translational Science department, detailed her own journey and empowered nurses to amplify their impact during her Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial lecture at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Understanding Genomics and Using Precision Medicine to Advance Cancer Survival
During the American Association for Cancer Research/ONS Bench to Bedside session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC, Victor Velculescu, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Maura Kadan, RN, MSN, of Personal Genome Diagnostics, dissected the science behind precision oncology, including an understanding of genetic alterations, the use of immunotherapy, and how to advance survival with these clinical breakthroughs.
Managing Immunotherapy-Related Adverse Events
Immunotherapy is becoming an important role in cancer care and having an understanding of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) is critical for oncology nurses to provide safe and effective patient care. Rowena Schwartz, PharmD, BCOP, of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, discussed strategies for managing these AEs during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Geographic Health Disparities Affect Access to Clinical Trials
Geographic location impacts life expectancy and even cancer care. Marylynn Ostrowski Ireland, PhD, of Viability, Inc., and Deborah Watkins Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN, of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, discussed geographic health disparities during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Immunotherapy Opens New Frontiers in Lung Cancer Care
The development of targeted therapies brought new progress to lung cancer treatment and research in the past 20 years, and new options will continue to be available in the future. Roy Herbst, MD, PhD, director of thoracic oncology research program at the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, spoke at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC, on new standards of care for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), immunotherapy for NSCLC, and development of rational drug combinations using biomarkers.
Opioids Are Not Always the Answer
As the opioid crisis continues in the United States, helping patients find effective and safer ways to manage their pain becomes increasingly important. During a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC, Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN, of Billings Clinic in Montana, instructed nurses on ways to treat cancer-related pain and discomforts other than (or in addition to) narcotic pain medicines.
Nurses Are Advancing Research in Data-Powered Science
Nurses can foster data-powered health through getting involved in research and ensuring that data collection is in patients’ best interest and accessible to all. Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, director of the National Library of Medicine, and Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at Columbia University, discussed how data can empower health and what nurses can do to advance research during a session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
Follow These Nursing Best Practices in Managing Patients Receiving CAR T-Cell Therapy
Kathleen McDermott, RN, BSN, OCN®, BMTCN®, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and coauthors presented the background for axicabtagene ciloleucel’s approval and nursing best practices for managing patients receiving CAR T-cell therapy during a poster session at the ONS 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC.
ONS 43rd Annual Congress Opening Honors Oncology Nurses’ Compassion, Innovation, and Dedication
Keynote speaker Lee Tomlinson, founder of the C.A.R.E. Effect, discussed his journey from cancer survivor to patient advocate, calling for compassionate care and thanking nurses for being the reason he is alive today, during the opening session at the 43rd Annual Congress in Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 17, 2018.