#TellONS What You Think About Our New Conference Format

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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.

by Melissa

3 thoughts on “#TellONS What You Think About Our New Conference Format

  1. Shelley says:

    I like the new format but I do miss the repeating sessions since there are sonny good ones at the same time.

  2. lisa says:

    I miss the recurring sessions. I missed multiple presentations that were important to me because of program conflicts. Not the best use of my time or money. The ONC breakfast should be switched to lunch and be large enough so all ONCs can attend, not just a limited number. Overall presenters were good.

  3. Lisa says:

    This was my first time to get to attend congress, so I had nothing to compare it to. There were many classes I wanted to attend but they were all at the same time, so if classes were repeated it would have afforded me more of a learning experience. I found that there were many distractions with the doors opening and closing continously. I felt that there should have been water avail in each room during the session. Sessions were booked too closely together so if you wanted to get to the next one you would have to leave the first one early. The one on viruses being incorporated into cancer cells would have been the best one if the second speaker was a little more animated and not so monotone, and did not just read off of each slide. I would love for a copy of that class to be sent to me, as it was verey interesting to me. The site was beautiful, loved the jamican bobsledder. Thank you for a great experience.

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