Nonniekaye Shelburn, MS, CRNP, AOCN
Content Planning Team Member

You’ve asked the question of why we practice the way we do, why that policy exists, and what the evidence says. You’ve most likely even helped change the way we practice oncology nursing. Yet when we hear that it’s time to submit abstracts for the 46th Annual ONS Congress™, our minds go blank and we can’t think of anything to write. Why is that?

Let’s challenge ourselves to think outside the box. In the past 18–24 months, have you been a part of implementing evidence-based practice changes? Have you improved patient and/or nursing outcomes through implementation of any of the following?

  • National guidelines
  • Clinical products
  • Electronic health record alert systems
  • Clinical decision-making algorithms
  • Staffing models
  • Support programs for colleagues
  • Hand-off communication processes
  • Isolation monitoring guidelines
  • Signage or posters to support patient care
  • Staff or patient education tools or classes
  • Clinical assessment simulations
  • A DNP capstone project
  • A hypothesis-driven research project
  • Systems or awards to encourage nurses attending conferences or obtaining certification
  • Local ONS Chapter educational offerings or outreach efforts
  • Resources, policies, or procedures related to COVID-19

If so, the ONS community wants to hear about it! Share why and how you made it happen. What were the successes and failures? What do others need to know before trying to do the same in their work environment?

I wrote my first abstract with a lot of encouragement from my clinical nurse specialist. When she returned her edits on my first draft, there were more changes than original text, but that was a part of the process of learning how to organize your thoughts and get your message clearly stated within a short word limit. In the end, I did it. I learned from it, and the next abstract I wrote did not have as many changes to it (but still plenty–believe me!). Now I have the pleasure of helping others write abstracts, and, once accepted, develop posters and oral abstracts.   

The call for abstract submissions for the 46th Annual ONS Congress begins on August 10; submissions will be accepted through September 17. If you want help preparing your abstract, use the ONS Mentorship Program for Abstract Writers, where you will be partnered with experienced mentors.

New for 2021: To extend the reach of ONS Congress and give you the opportunity to share your knowledge with even more oncology nurses, all nurses whose abstract are accepted will submit a video presentation, along with the e-poster and/or oral presentation slides. Instructions will be provided with notification of the abstract’s acceptance.

Share your expertise, innovations, ideas, and research with your fellow oncology nurses at ONS Congress–start planning your submission today!