Attendees from the ONS 41st Annual Congress were invited to write a blog post to share the Big Change they experienced as a result of attending Congress. Thank you to Lori Tritto, RN, MSN, for sharing how congress inspired change in her practice!

By: Lori Tritto, RN, MSN

I was so inspired by the message of Big Change during ONS’s 41st Annual Congress in San Antonio, TX! Every session and every event contained something I was looking to learn. From day one, my intention was to bring this newly obtained knowledge back to the nurses with whom I work.

Since returning, I have led several “Congress Update” sessions to share with nurses working in our inpatient oncology unit, ambulatory infusion center, and oncology clinics, along with colleagues in the radiation oncology department as well as at our recent ONS Chapter meetings. I always tell them that during trampoline for water Congress, 3,000 oncology nurses gather to share their passion, dedication, and inspiration for the art our profession. My goal was to bring it back and create our own mini-Congress experiences together. The key session topics we have talked about include safe handling and the USP 800 (I will be on the pharmacy taskforce to make sure our practices are in line), moral distress and resilience, compassion fatigue, new ways to learn, sexuality and the oncology patient, the Get up and Get Moving campaign, and the certification discount. There will be many projects of our own that grow from these topics.

My biggest takeaway from Congress was that the more a nurse is engaged in ONS, the more inspired and supported they are. I encouraged the nurses in our hospital to consider attending a local ONS Chapter meeting to connect with other passionate colleagues and ONS members. Hopefully, they’ll be inspired through the educational resources and support at these local meetings. The nurses at our local chapter help everyone to engage with ONS and together we inspire each other.

After my experience at Congress, I am truly inspired. With many new topics and methods, I returned to promote excellence among the talented colleagues with whom I work.