By Jen Krause, ONS Director of National Conferences

When you come to Congress, you’re looking for continuing nursing education, cutting-edge clinical information, networking time with colleagues, mixed with a little bit of fun and relaxation in between. Congress has it all, but it can be tough to fit it all in.

We’ve heard from past attendees that having buffer time between activities would improve the Congress experience. No one wants to have to literally run* around the convention center and hotels. So, we took your feedback to heart and revamped the Congress schedule. We’ve added more time between sessions and symposia events so that you have plenty of travel time between the hotels and convention centers.

We’ve also condensed the learning hall hours into a block of time in the middle of the afternoon. This switch allows you to focus on sessions in the morning. From there, you can hit industry-sponsored symposia and the learning hall to meet with exhibitors; attend simulation clinics, theater presentations, best practice exchanges, roundtables, and more; visit the ONS booth and store; and take in the energy and excitement of the learning hall. When you aren’t in sessions, the hall is the place to be. It’s your conference HQ. Make sure to check out all it has to offer. After you’re done in the hall, you’ll head back to sessions in the afternoon and then to social events and dinner symposia in the evenings. You can view the full conference schedule now. Be sure to check back often, as we’re still adding events.

We’re looking forward to putting the new schedule in place and hearing what you all think of it. Please share your feelings here in the comments section and on your Congress evaluation. We’re always working to make Congress better for oncology nurses like you.

*This isn’t 100% true. Everyone should want to run (or walk or wheel) at the ONS Foundation/Pfizer Oncology Fun Run/Walk and Wheelchair.

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