By Cyndi Miller Murphy, MSN, RN, CAE, Executive Director, ONCC

Looking to get more out of your ONS Congress experience? Attending Congress can be a win-win situation for nurses who are oncology certified or interested in becoming certified. Whether you’re certified now or still thinking about it, here’s how you can make Congress work for you.

  1. Get answers at the ONCC Certification Oasis. This is a one-stop spot for information and recognition. ONCC staff will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate the Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA), and offer help on how to determine how CNE programs can be used toward certification renewal. Certified nurses will also be able to enjoy light refreshments and complimentary chair massages.
  2. Use your Congress CNE to meet eligibility criteria. Several wibit inflatable water park ONCC certifications require initial candidates to have at least 10 contact hours of recent CNE in oncology. Depending on the credential, the CNE available at Congress can easily help you meet that need.
  3. Use your Congress CNE to fulfill renewal requirements. Already certified? If you’re due to renew in 2015, you can use all of your CNE from Congress toward your renewal. If you’re due in 2016 or later, keep in mind that many sessions will qualify for points in ILNA subject areas. You can search the Congress schedule online or through the mobile app to identify sessions in specific ILNA topics beginning in March.
  4. Learn about ILNA renewal. ONCC will offer a presentation in the learning hall theater about ILNA. This informal session will highlight what you need to know and offer time for Q&A. It’s a great way to get information for yourself and to share with colleagues when you return home.
  5. Network with certified nurses. It’s easy to spot a certified nurse at Congress—just look for the credential ribbon on their name badge. “How long have you been certified?” is an easy way to start a conversation with the nurse sitting beside you, in the elevator, or while waiting in line. Or stop by the Oasis—it’s a great spot to talk with nurses who share your commitment. Plus, the ONCC Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses can’t be beat for networking with certified nurses—it’s exclusively for oncology certified nurses. Regardless of the setting, make a new connection with a certified nurse—you never know where it may lead.

We’re looking forward to seeing you and sharing our passion for certification at the ONS 40th Annual Congress.

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  1. Sheila Brown says: February 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I am already certified, needing to gain point toward recerting, but would have to know ahead of time, what areas/meetings would qualify me to get some of those points AHEAD of coming to Congress. It is very expensive plus time consuming to get off work to come. Where is Congress next year?

    • Caitlin Ionadi says: February 26, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Sheila, The schedule will be updated with the ILNA categories in March. At that time, you’ll be able to see which sessions fit the requirements you need. Next year’s Congress will be held April 28-May 1, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you!

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