2015 Congress International Attendees
If you’re heading to Orlando from outside the United States, we’re honored to have you in attendance! Here are some tips for ensuring a successful visit to the United States.
Under current immigration laws, the U.S. State Department advises that anyone who applies for a temporary visa to enter the U.S. should plan on significantly longer processing time than in past years. With this in mind, we strongly urge all international attendees to visit the U.S. State Department website for information on how to obtain your visa.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection website has additional information about entry into the United States. Please contact us if you require a letter of registration confirmation for your consulate.
For legal reasons within the pharmaceutical industry, exhibitors in the learning hall are usually only permitted to distribute marketing materials and products to U.S. nurses. However, they welcome all attendees, and many will offer information for international attendees at a designated location within the learning hall. You are most welcome in the learning hall, where there are many activities during Congress.
All Congress sessions are conducted in English and we do not offer simultaneous translation. However, international attendees are welcome to contact us to arrange to bring their own translators.
Host City Information
For helpful travel, dining, and tourism recommendations, check out our visitor’s site built just for Congress attendees. You’ll find great information on all of the local Orlando attractions.
For Chinese Delegates
FWS International Conference Management Co., Ltd, has offered to be of assistance for you in terms of group planning and translation.
International Attendee Events
Opening Ceremonies International Processional
The international attendee procession on Thursday, 23 April, is a tremendously fun part of the Opening Ceremonies. To participate, please plan to meet no later than 7:45 am in the main corridor outside of West Hall D at the Convention Center (ground level), where there will be a sign for international attendees to line up. The opening processional will begin promptly at 7:50 am as ONS gives a special welcome to you, our Board of Directors, and our local chapter members.
International Attendee “Meet and Greet” Room
Room 222A in the Orange County Convention Center has been designated as a “meet and greet” location for our international attendees. It will be open all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Plan to stop by and say hello to ONS staff, and use this room as a destination to connect with your international colleagues.
A Global Good Afternoon Luncheon
Visit Room 222A at the Convention Center to meet other international colleagues on Thursday, 23 April, from 11:30 am–1 pm. A buffet luncheon will be available, and local ONS chapter members will be present to help familiarize you with the many exciting dining and entertaining options in Orlando. If you plan to attend this luncheon, please RSVP.
Private Tour of Florida Hospital Cancer Institute
Join us for a complimentary tour of Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, the largest cancer center in Central Florida, recognized worldwide for its comprehensive, state-of-the-art care and reputation as a destination cancer care facility. The bus will leave the Orange County Convention Center promptly at 7:45 am on Friday, 24 April, with the tour to run from 8:30–11 am. The bus will return by noon. This tour has been specifically arranged for international attendees and will be limited to 40 participants. To sign up for the tour, please register.
Global Perspectives on Integrative Oncology
From 1:30–3 pm on Saturday, 25 April, leaders from ONS, the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS), the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO/ACIO), and Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) will discuss current research and evidence-based practices related to integrative oncology (previously known as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)) from a variety of international perspectives.
How to Spread ONS Congress Knowledge Globally: The Dutch Experience
From 10:45–11:30 am on Saturday, 25 April, learn how Dutch oncology nurses have organized themselves to attend Congress as a group and hosted a post-conference meeting two weeks after their return for the past 13 yearrs. The Dutch nurses share what is happening in the United States in terms of cancer nursing, treatment, and side effect management with colleagues back at home who are unable to attend. Learn how they have developed this program over the years to increase the reach of Congress globally.