By Anne Kolenic, MSN, RN, AOCNS®, 2015–2016 ONS Congress Content Planning Team chair

Have you been to a conference lately and wished that you didn’t have to determine if a session was relevant to your practice or not? Have you searched for content that specifically targets a specific level of nursing practice? Did you write this request on your ONS Congress evaluation in the past? Well, the ONS Congress content planning team is excited to tell you a big change is coming to the 2016 Congress schedule based on member feedback. This year the conference features four tracks: clinical practice, leadership/management/education, advanced practice, and research. These tracks were developed to help you determine which sessions are most relevant to your practice, but you are not limited to attending sessions in just one track—all sessions welcome all attendees. No matter your experience level or subspecialty, you’ll find content at Congress that meet your learning needs.

The clinical practice track is geared towards clinical nurses working in acute care or ambulatory settings treating oncology patients. When attending these sessions, you will learn about up to date, evidence-based practice issues on treatment, symptom management, unique patient situations, and more. Sessions will provide practical, implementable information for nurses working in oncology-specific settings or other locations.

The leadership/management/education track will focus on providing information and tools to help you support the nursing staff you lead and work with. You’ll hear from speakers with extensive leadership experience, sharing insight on how you can develop innovative leadership strategies, grow your nurse leaders, and identify quality measures to positively impact your program. The audience for this track are current or future nurse leaders (which really is all of us!), administrators, managers and educators.

The advanced practice track was developed to meet the requests and needs of the advanced practice nurses (APN) attending Congress. The planning team recognized that there was a need for more advanced content related to treatment and treatment-related side effect issues as well as content for issues related to the current healthcare environment and economics related to APN roles and clinical practice.

The research track, although not new to Congress, will be returning in 2016 and has undergone some enhancements based on feedback from last year’s attendees. This track is geared towards the doctoral-prepared nurse involved in research science. Join this track to be involved in hot topic discussions about current research findings and issues surrounding conducting research studies. Sessions feature world-renowned senior nurse scientists and faculty at all levels, focused on the latest and greatest studies and how current research is changing clinical practice.

So, now’s the time to register for Congress and start building your own conference itinerary based on your learning needs, clinical practice expertise, and areas of interest. We can’t wait to meet you in San Antonio!

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