Building the Confidence to Enact Big Change

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 Juliane May, RN, BSN, for sharing how congress inspired change in her practice! By: Juliane May, RN, BSN How do I put into words my first […]

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Using the Patient Portal to Decrease Unnecessary Patient Visits

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. Congratulations to Margie McDonal, MSN, RN, CBCN®, on submitting an honorable mention and receiving a free one-year membership! By: Margie McDonal, MSN, RN, CBCN®  As a result of […]

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Practical Change in Head and Neck Cancers and Compassion Fatigue

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. Congratulations to Leslie Prusik, RN, OCN®, on submitting an honorable mention and receiving a free one-year membership! By: Leslie Prusik, RN, OCN® The 41st Annual Congress in San […]

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Share Your Latest Research Findings at Congress

We’re now accepting submissions for late-breaking research abstracts to be presented at the ONS 40th Annual Congress. This special call for abstracts allows you to present your most current data in Orlando. An abstract is a form that summarizes your work, submitted for potential presentation. The 60 top-scoring abstracts will be presented during a Congress podium […]

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ONS Beefs Up Its Social Media Presence for the ONS 40th Annual Congress

By Carol Cannon, RN, BSN, OCN® “Tweet or Die” was the name of a session held during the American College of Surgeon’s annual conference several years ago. Since reading about it, I cannot get that phrase out of my head. It’s a twist on “publish or perish,” a phrase commonly cited by PhD-prepared scholars in […]

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Finding Your Way Through Oncology

By Marci Andrejko, BSN, RN, OCN® When I think back to when I was a new nurse, I remember feeling overwhelmed with all of the new information. Then, there was the ever-so-scary responsibility of taking care of patients and keeping them safe. I thought, “Wow, I have so much to learn!” I often caught myself […]

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All Oncology Nurses, Especially Those New to Oncology, Should Attend Congress

By Anne Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP Sometimes I hear nursing colleagues of my generation say that younger nurses are not engaged in their work environments, are not driven to develop new skills, and are not interested in giving to their professional organizations. These conversations make me personally sad and professionally afraid for the future […]

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Neurotoxicity: Not Just “Chemobrain”

By Carol Cannon, RN, BSN, OCN® I remember when I started as a nurse, fresh from the ICU, now caring for patients with cancer. They would stumble over words, have trouble remembering things from the recent past, or forget tasks. “Chemobrain,” they would say. As if that one word was a catchall phrase to adequately […]

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Submitting an Abstract for ONS Congress Doesn't Have to Be Scary

By Nonniekaye Shelburne, CRNP, MS, AOCN®, 2014–2015 ONS Congress Content Planning Team chair 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 implemented or modified assessment tools, products, bar coding, alert systems, or algorithms to improve patient outcomes? Have […]

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What Do Ebola and Hazardous Drugs Have in Common? Safe Handling Procedures

By Marci Andrejko, BSN, RN, OCN® In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, there has been a heightened sense of awareness regarding personal protective equipment (PPE). Although contact with Ebola as an oncology nurse would be unusual, contact with hazardous drugs is a frequent occurrence. Despite the increased awareness of safe handling, there is still […]

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