As Congress draws near, you’re probably starting to familiarize yourself with the four educational tracks and all of the great sessions we have planned for you. However, as you start to plan out your days in Denver, don’t be afraid to step outside of a track to find the sessions that best fit your individual needs.

Oncology nurse navigators and care coordinators offer individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers throughout all phases the cancer care continuum. Last year in San Antonio, more than 440 Congress attendees identified as a nurse navigator or coordinator. The job tasks of this specialty and those who fill the role cast a wide net over multiple care settings.

ONS is committed to quality care coordinators, and we’ve highlighted a few Congress sessions and resources to help meet the particular needs of this growing role in health care.

Learn from Experts in the Field

Explore issues related to patient navigation and care coordination in the below sessions. Click on the links below to see the full session and speaker information.

Reaching New Heights One Benchmark at a Time • Thursday, May 4, 9:45–11 am

Influencing Optimal Cancer Care and Cost of Care • Friday, May 5, 8–9:30 am

24-Hour Triage: Standardizing Excellent Practice Through Risk Assessment • Friday, May 5, 9:45–11 am

Care Coordination: Managing the Needs of the Complex, Chronically Ill Patient • Friday, May 5, 2:45–4 pm

American Association for Cancer Research/ONS Bench to Bedside • Saturday, May 6, 8–9:30 am

Breathing New Life Into Lung Cancer Screening Programs • Saturday, May 6, 9:45–11 am

Pharmacology Update • Sunday, May 7, 8–9:30 am

Hear from Your Peers

At Congress, discover the work your colleagues have been doing that affect care coordination in a variety of institutions. Check out the following presentations chosen from submitted abstracts.

Navigation and Collaboration: Moving Forward With Teamwork • Friday, May 5, 9:45–11 am

Patient Flow and Satisfaction: Navigating Through Systems • Friday, May 5, 9:45–11 am

Issues in Screening and Practice • Friday, May 5, 2:45–4 pm

Inpatient to Outpatient: Resourceful Resources • Saturday, May 6, 2:45–4 pm

Planning and Caring: What Advanced Practice Nurses Do Best • Saturday, May 6, 2:45–4 pm

Join the Community

Connect with other groups of attendees and meet with speakers in a variety of networking settings. Stop by the community networking area to continue discussions you’ve had using the online platform for nurse navigators and care coordinators. Join small groups of attendees in roundtable discussions, and meet with the speakers from popular sessions in more informal settings.

For more travel and pricing information on Congress and to view the whole schedule, visit Looking for even more navigator education after Congress? ONS has partnered with Haymarket Media to bring you the third annual Oncology Nurse Advisor (ONA) Navigation Summit, June 15–17, 2017, in Austin, TX. Check out more information here.

No matter what your nursing specialty, ONS Congress has four days full of learning, networking, and celebrating that meet the needs of your patients and your practice! Want to have your specialty spotlighted? Comment below or email Jaclyn McCue at