By Brian K. Theil, CAE
Have you heard the news? ONS is consolidating our annual Congress with the Connections: Advancing Care Through Science conference. Throughout 2014 and 2015, we’ll evolve the current Congress format to incorporate programs that serve all of our members: novice to expert oncology nurses in general and advanced specialty practice, management, education, and research. This powerful opportunity will bring together ONS members in all practice settings and at all career levels, providing a richer learning experience for all.
What should the new conference experience be like? You tell us! We’ll post a question of the day on the ONS Facebook and Twitter pages from Thursday–Saturday. Please share your ideas with us in the Facebook comments, or use the hashtag #TellONS to share your ideas. When you do, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free one-year ONS membership. If you visit the ONS booth and show us your post/tweet, we’ll give you an extra ticket for the attendee raffle!
To make sure our new conference meets your goals, we will also be conducting focus groups with different member segments. Along with ONS Board member Debbie Walker, I’ll be holding an open forum discussion about our national conferences on Friday, May 2, from 1–1:45 pm. Please tell us what matters to you then at The Future of ONS National Conferences.
These next two years will be an exciting time of change for ONS conferences, and I’m looking forward to your participation in that process.