By: Jen Krause, ONS Director of National Conferences

One of the best parts of the ONS Annual Congress is the peer-to-peer learning that goes on at the event. Educational sessions feature leaders in oncology and related fields who are able to provide attendees with up-to-the-minute information on current topics in cancer care. These sessions are frequently presented by experts from multiple disciplines to give a full picture of the topic from different perspectives. Poster and oral abstract sessions, however, are an ideal forum for nurses to learn directly from each other.

What exactly is an abstract? Well, we’re glad you asked. An abstract is a summary of a project or research that identifies its objective, methodology, findings, conclusions, and trampoline for water intended results. ONS is accepting abstracts for Congress from August 15-September 30. Once all abstracts are submitted, they are scored by oncology nursing experts, and those that meet the appropriate criteria are presented at Congress as either an oral abstract session or a poster presentation.

    • Oral abstract sessions: The highest scoring abstracts will be presented as oral abstracts in a session with four to six other abstracts grouped by a related category. Oral abstract speakers generally have 10-15 minutes to present their abstract, including time for questions and answers. Only one author presents at an oral abstract session.
    • Poster presentations: Abstracts accepted for poster presentation report the process and outcome of a scientific or professional project through a visual display. Posters are available to view throughout the majority of Congress. Authors of accepted poster abstracts are assigned a session time to be at their poster to present their work and network with attendees.


If you’d like to share some of the important work you’ve done with fellow oncology nurses, submit your abstract for the ONS 42nd Annual Congress, which will be held May 4-7, 2017, in Denver.

Click on the categories below to learn more about the criteria and how to submit your abstract.


In addition, in late December there will be a special call for late-breaking research abstracts to allow nurse scientists to share their most up-to-date work. More information on these will be available later this fall.

Need help preparing your abstract? ONS has you covered. Through the ONS Mentorship Program for Abstract Writers, novice abstract writers are partnered with experienced mentors to help guide them through the process. For more information on this program or about abstract submissions in general, please email

As a reminder, abstract submissions are due September 30. And, while we’re talking about Congress, registration opens November 1, so mark your calendar. In the meantime, visit for more details on the conference. We look forward to seeing you in the Mile High City.