About Congress

Join Your Peers at the Largest Conference Dedicated to Oncology Nursing

ONS Congress™ is the Oncology Nursing Society’s annual conference where attendees can learn the latest developments in oncology nursing through sessions led by acclaimed nursing professionals. You’ll go back to your practice with information on the newest cancer treatments and symptom management strategies, opportunities for career development, and an expanded professional network. ONS Congress is truly the best place to receive the education, clinical practice information, and patient resources that will heighten your practice’s level of patient care.

Infuse the education you learn at ONS Congress to spark change and propel your practice!

The History of ONS Congress

The Oncology Nursing Society was incorporated in 1975, and soon after, the annual conference was held in 1976 in Toronto, Canada. The first conference was one day, had about 200 attendees, and all sessions took place in one room. In 1979, the annual conference adopted the current name of the conference, “Congress,” and the first official theme was created: “Nursing Makes a Difference.”

Since its creation, Congress has evolved into a five-day event with more than 4,000 attendees. Sessions are divided into five education tracks, and attendees are encouraged to build a unique conference based on their specialty.

What ONS Congress Provides Attendees

  • Earn nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours and receive individual learning needs assessment (ILNA) points to put toward ONCC recertification.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind conference by attending sessions across five educational tracks (clinical practice, advanced practice, radiation, leadership/management/education, and research).
  • Make connections with other nurses from across the country who understand the challenges and rewards you face in your practice.
  • Gain cutting-edge treatment and symptom management information from industry leaders represented as ONS Congress exhibitors and sponsors.

Conference Outcomes

  • Recognize opportunities to impact leadership capabilities across oncology nursing roles.
  • Discuss clinical practice changes that can be implemented in individual practices or institutions.
  • Appraise clinical evidence to advance patient care from prevention to end-of-life.
  • Identify innovative approaches to influence care of patients with cancer.

Future Congress Events

Mark your calendars now for our future ONS Congress events!

  • 47th Annual ONS Congress: April 27–May 1, 2022 | Anaheim, CA
  • 48th Annual ONS Congress: April 26–30, 2023 | San Antonio, TX
  • 49th Annual ONS Congress: April 24–28, 2024 | Washington, DC