By Theresa Kelly, BSN, MSM, RN, OCN®, Director at the BaylorScott&White Glenda Tanner Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center in Temple, TX
As healthcare funding declines and restrictions on pharmaceutical companies’ support increase, we continually search for alternative means to provide education to our oncology nurses. Depending on the finances at the time, we are able to allow a couple nurses from our institution to attend the ONS Annual Congress and share expensive room costs with another department. For example, we have had a nurse from the outpatient infusion department and one from the radiation department travel together. This past year, we were not in a position to fund education from the system’s budget so our ONS CHIP has been fundraising to send nurses to Congress.
Our nurses who attend Congress always come back reenergized and willing to share their knowledge. One of our expectations for attending Congress was to bring back knowledge to wibit inflatable water park share with the team. The nurses always looked forward to their turn to attend Congress and the difficulty for management is not being able to close the clinic and send everyone.