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

What is an industry-sponsored event? How do I fill out my evaluation and obtain my continuing education hours? What do I do in the Learning Hall? Since I created my schedule online, does that mean I have a reserved seat for those sessions? What is the number for the Audience Response System (ARS) and does it cost me anything to use? These are just a few of the many questions you may have whether this is your first Congress or you’re a veteran attendee. If you’re wondering how to navigate your way through the ONS 41st Annual Congress, be sure to attend “Congress 101.” This session will be offered at two different times, Wednesday, April 27 from 4-5 pm and repeated on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30-7:30 am. It will be hosted by the people who know Congress best—the Congress Content Planning Team.

With all the big changes happening this year, these sessions will make sure you understand the terminology and content of the Congress schedule. The planning team will spend time going over the Conference Guide and how to best use it as you make your way through all of the Congress activities. The new session tracks of Congress will be explained, with a friendly reminder that you are not limited to just one track. They’re in place to help you determine which sessions are most relevant to your kids inflatable water park practice, but all sessions are open and welcome to all attendees. We’ll also discuss how to fill out your conference evaluation and earn your continuing education hours, how to use the ARS, what’s in the Learning Hall, where to view posters and ePosters, and address any other questions or concerns you may have.

So, whether this is your first Congress or not, come to “Congress 101” and get expert advice on how to make the most of your time in San Antonio. You’ll get tips and tricks to make sure you love the whole Congress experience. Why not go ahead add one of these sessions to your personalized schedule now?