By Jen Krause, ONS Director of National Conferences

Congress is all about learning and networking—in sessions, while viewing posters, in the hallways, at industry-sponsored symposia, and everywhere in between. Everywhere you go, oncology nurses are sharing ideas and making professional connections.

The learning hall is no exception to that sort of attendee collaboration and conversation. As your Congress hub, it’s home to our exhibitors, the ONS booth, the ONS store, and the career fair, which is debuting in San Antonio. What you might not know is that you’ll also find more than 40 presentations and networking activities to provide you with some of the latest information on what’s going on not only in cancer care but at ONS and in oncology nursing.

Located near the center of the learning hall, the ONS booth will feature presentations from thought leaders and innovators. There will be simulation clinics on complications, anger, and burnout and on infusion reactions. At Best Practice Exchanges, you’ll talk with the ONS board about the issues facing you and your patients every day. Share your feedback so we can be sure ONS is meeting your needs. As the race for the presidency heats up, Election 2016: Donkey or Elephant, Educate the Candidates on Oncology Nursing Issues will help you make sure that the voice of oncology nurses is heard at the local, state, and national level. That’s just a sampling of what’s in store at the booth.

The career fair pavilion will host hospital nurse recruitment booths; presentations on topics like resume/CV writing, interviewing, publishing and presenting to advance your career; and more. Participating recruiters will also be conducting on-site interviews. Visit the ONS career center to post your resume and see which employers will be in San Antonio.

Also new this year are our roundtable discussions, where small groups of attendees can meet in an informal, intimate setting to discuss topics like the ONS research priorities, research funding opportunities, and resources for educators.

Industry-sponsored theater presentations are one of the most popular Congress offering. They feature the latest information on treatments, symptom management, and more. They’re still under development, but details will be posted closer to Congress.

As you can see, you’ll be spending some time in the learning hall this year. This post doesn’t even scratch the surface of everything that will be going on there, but we promise you won’t want to miss it.

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