Susan Yackzan, PhD, APRN, MSN, AOCN®, Congress Planning Team Member

During the 2019 ONS Congress, peer-to-peer learning opportunities offer attendees some of the best ways to begin “Growing Together, Transforming Care.” Your peers have an intrinsic understanding of what matters most; they are in similar situations, share similar perspectives, and have expertise in your specialty. Just look around on any day during Congress and you’ll be able to find peer-to-peer learning opportunities in many different formats.  Let’s go over just a few:

  • Concurrent Sessions: These sessions are planned throughout the day and are organized by track. The five tracks include Advanced Practice, Clinical Practice, Leadership/Management/Education, Radiation, and Research. In concurrent sessions, your peers will be providing information on innovative topics for and about oncology nursing. Expect to leave these sessions with new knowledge, ideas, and resources. Go early to meet someone new and be ready to exchange business cards and contact information.
  • Oral Abstract Sessions: The oral abstracts presented at Congress were selected based on a blinded, peer-review process. These projects and research studies were submitted and will be presented by your peers. They will include innovative and cutting-edge topics and address priority issues for oncology nurses. You can find oral abstract sessions in each of the tracks. The Congress schedule will list the time for each abstract presentation so you can catch all the ones on your list.
  • ePosters: Past attendees have identified posters as some of the best peer-to-peer learning opportunities. More than 600 posters will be presented at Congress in 2019. Because all posters are in digital format, they can be reviewed before, during, and after Congress. You can search the Congress schedule for posters by track, by day, or by author. In addition to Advanced Practice, Clinical Practice, Leadership/Management/Education, and Research tracks, you will find Quality Improvement and Industry-Supported posters. Review posters ahead of Congress and plan to be there when the poster you’re interested in is presented by one of the authors. Each presentation is scheduled for 10 minutes and you can find presentation times in the Congress schedule.
  • Learning Hall Activities: More than 40 presentations and networking activities will take place in the Learning Hall. Continuing the Conversation sessions take place at the ONS Booth and provide time for a Concurrent Session speaker to expound on a topic. These sessions are excellent ways to ask more questions or get more information on a topic. Clinical Chats take place in the Attendee Networking Area, and ONS Chats take place in the ONS Booth. Both are great opportunities to learn from your peers and to network with peers.

Congress is revitalizing. It is an opportunity for active engagement with your colleagues. Both formal and informal opportunities for peer-to-peer learning will be available during Congress. Take full advantage and become more engaged in the event. You will come away with increased knowledge, expanded networks, and a renewed energy to work on transforming care!

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