Taylor Brenner, Marketing Specialist

Although we are not able to meet in person for ONS Congress™ this year, we can still connect when we need it most. Navigating a virtual conference is still new for many of us and it may not seem like the same hustle and bustle of an in-person experience, but we strive to provide the same content and offerings that you’ve come to expect from ONS in a virtual experience.

Here are five tips on how you can make the most of a virtual ONS Congress.

Be in the moment. Try to dedicate your time and attention to each session. Although it may be tempting to multitask, we encourage you to block off time for the specific sessions that you want to attend. You can also limit your distractions by silencing your phone and email notifications to get the most out of ONS Congress.

Be prepared. We’ll be sending a plethora of information, including tips and tricks, prior to the start of ONS Congress. In addition, keep an eye on your inbox later this month for instructions on how to gain early access to the platform; this way, you can familiarize yourself with the platform prior to the first day of ONS Congress. We will also be offering an ONS Congress 101 session in the on-demand library where you can gain a full overview of how to navigate the virtual conference.

Network virtually. Meet fellow oncology nurses and expert speakers by interacting in the chat box and Q&A during live sessions. The virtual ONS Congress will also offer new networking opportunities, including discussion boards, an event-wide chat room, and one-on-one chat with fellow attendees.

Visit the learning hall. Interact and engage with industry leaders, chat in real time with exhibiting company representatives, and download resources to take back to your practice in the virtual learning hall. Be sure to attend sponsored product theater and symposia sessions as well. Check the ONS Congress schedule soon to view these additions and make your plans to attend—some sessions require a separate registration.

Earn your nursing continuing professional development (NCPD). You can continue learning and exploring ONS Congress even after the live event dates have concluded. The on-demand library will be accessible until May 27, 2021, and will include all sessions featured during the conference, oral abstract presentations, posters, sponsored symposia and product theaters, and the virtual learning hall. Attendees can earn up to 160 NCPD contact hours by viewing all live and on-demand sessions (including all oral abstract presentations and posters). NCPD evaluations will be due by May 27, 2021.

We’re looking forward to having you at this year’s virtual ONS Congress!

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to join us for the most comprehensive virtual conference dedicated to oncology nursing. Register today.