By: Marilyn J Hammer, PhD, DC, RN, Congress Planning Team Chair


5,260 feet above sea level. 4,071 attendees. 1 collective vision: Provide the best care based on the best research evidence for cancer survival, prevention, and optimal quality of life.

The 42nd Annual ONS Congress in Denver, CO, began with a rousing introduction from ONS Board President, Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN, ACNS-BC, FAAN. After an encouraging opening speech inflatable water park for adults that highlighted the achievements of ONS’s members and staff throughout the year, attendees raised colorful blue and orange signs to urge the U.S. Congress to support funding for the National Institutes of Health.

From there, things only got more exciting and inspirational. The highlight of opening ceremonies was an emotion-filled discussion between keynote speaker, Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, the President and chief executive officer of Stand-Up-To-Cancer and patient, David Gobin, whose life was extended by years through an immunotherapy trial that he participated in thanks to Stand-Up-To-Cancer! Their conversation was fascinating and illuminating.

The conference progressed with stimulating sessions throughout the clinical practice, advanced practice, leadership/management/education, and research tracks. Trackless power sessions featured key presenters in the American Association for Cancer Research partnered Bench-to-Bedside lecture, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, fabulous awardee lectureships, and an engaging pharmacology update.

For a rocky-mountain high grand finale, an expert panel discussed the highs and lows of medical marijuana.

On the final day, Schneider recapped the events of the week, revealing the logo and theme for next year’s 43rd Annual Congress. In 2018, oncology nurses will descend on Washington, DC, embracing the power of One Nurse, One Moment, One Action!

See you in our nation’s capital in 2018.