By Anne Kolenic, MSN, RN, AOCNS®

Are you looking for an interactive, brief educational activity that pertains to complex clinical issues that oncology nurses face? Be sure to attend the simulation clinical scenarios at the ONS booth in the learning hall during Congress. Join members of the ONS Congress Content Planning Team as they guide you through two case studies. These sessions will engage you in an informal learning environment, where you’ll share knowledge and experience with those around you.

The first session, Complex Care for a New Acute Leukemic AYA Patient will be presented Thursday, April 23, from 3–4 pm in the ONS booth. Carol Cannon, RN, BSN, OCN®, will walk you through the myriad concerns for a newly-diagnosed AYA patient, ranging from the complex urgent medical care to issues related to fertility and sexuality. Come and witness how the nurse caring for this type of patient plays a vital role and is able to provide the complex care required to meet her needs.

Scenario two, Cytokine Release Syndrome—Oh My! will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9:30–10:30 am, also in the ONS Booth. I’ll be facilitating this scenario which will teach you how to recognize and manage cytokine release syndrome during a first-time administration of a monoclonal antibody agent in a busy ambulatory clinic environment. In addition to the reaction management, you’ll also see how nurse colleagues can sometimes add to the stress of an adverse reaction due to the ways they communicate (or not) with each other.

Join us for these two sessions and engage by asking questions throughout the simulations. Come and provide your own experiences with all in attendance, as this is a great opportunity to discuss best practices and ways to enhance care for your own patients!

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