By Linda Worrall, RN, MSN, ONS Foundation Executive Director

The ONS Foundation is pleased to announce that 20 Emerging ONS Chapter Leaders will receive funding through the ONS-Lilly Oncology Advancing Patience Care Project to attend the ONS 41st Annual Congress in San Antonio, TX. These nurses will travel to San Antonio to experience “Big Change” while learning, networking, and celebrating the wonderful profession of oncology nursing. Given the numerous sessions offered at Congress, here are a few suggestions for some of our Emerging Chapter Leaders to attend.

The “Clinical Rounds: Venous Access Devicespreconference program may just be what LanAnh Nguyen (Houston Chapter) needs to assist her with her new job in an infusion therapy department.

Carrie Marvill (Philadelphia Area Chapter) started her inflatable water parks oncology nursing career in 2007, and this will be the first time she attends Congress. Carrie hopes to hear from others on how they handle the growing cost and complexity of cancer care, so attending “The Cost of Cancer: Beyond Insurance” on Friday may be helpful.

Outpatient infusion nurse, Erica Hall (Way Out West Houston Chapter), will find the “Pharmacology Updateis just what she needs to learn about the cancer drugs approved by the FDA in the past year.

Providing patient care based on the evidence is a necessity in today’s world. Although evidence-based care is part of all sessions at Congress, Moly Wilson (Lake Superior Chapter) may want to attend “Implementation of Evidence in Practice: Policy or Secret Sauce on Thursday. The debate over the varying viewpoints of implementing evidence and best practices into clinical care is sure to be thought provoking.

Jessica Sawicki (New York Capital District Chapter) will no doubt make her way over to the poster sessions to see the latest information on survivorship. Viewing the posters will enable her to bring back information for the newly-established survivorship program at her institution.

Michelle Haughey’s (Blue Ridge of Virginia Chapter) role as a clinical research nurse liaison will surely benefit by attending both clinical practice and research track sessions, enhancing both sides of her career.

It’s All About Education, Communication and Collaboration on Saturday should provide Erin Ferlet (Columbus Chapter) with the information she needs to develop the student nurse professional development program at her hospital.

Congratulations to all 20 recipients. We’re excited to see how attending Congress will help them grow in their careers. What sessions are on your list?