Linda M. Worrall, RN, MSN

The reasons for attending the ONS Congress are as varied as the 4,000 annual attendees.  It’s always exciting to hear why an oncology nurse wants to attend the largest cancer nursing education event of the year.  Congress helps transform the oncology profession, and attending the conference provides nurses with the opportunity to grow. More than 100 nurses received scholarships from the Oncology Nursing Foundation to attended Congress this past May. Here are some of the reasons they wanted to attend.

Archana attended to bring back ideas and topics prevalent to oncology nursing care to her colleagues with the hope of building strong discussions on how their unit might implement evidence-based practice changes as well as begin their own research.

One nurse was expecting to be a “sponge” and absorb as much information as possible.  Meanwhile, Brianna was looking forward to the opportunity to network with other oncology nurses.

Micaela saw ONS Congress as an opportunity to increase her knowledge within various aspects of oncology (updates in cancer treatments, symptom management, and advances in science for cancer care).

Another nurse shared that by going to Congress, she felt she was able to better serve her team and ultimately, the patients who trust us with their lives.

Stephanie’s goal was to find innovative ideas and evidence-based practice that will improve work flow for staff so we can improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Seyedehtanaz, a doctoral student, knew participating at ONS Congress would be a great opportunity to improve her knowledge of the latest evidence in oncology nursing practice and to connect and share ideas with other researchers

Parita was looking forward to having the opportunity to meet experienced leaders, distinguished authors, and researchers.

It is important to Karla, a clinical educator at an outpatient cancer center, to stay current on the latest oncology evidence-based information as she assists over 100 staff in maintaining their nursing competencies.

Latrisha, a nurse manager, is planning to conduct needs assessments for nurse to identify their needs and implement education sessions based on the information she gathers at Congress.

These are all great reasons to attend ONS Congress.  Why do you want to attend?  Let the ONS Foundation help you meet your career goals with a scholarship.  Share your goals and expectations when you apply for an Oncology Nursing Foundation Congress scholarship.  Applications are due December 1st. Apply today!

See you in Anaheim.

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