By Linda Worrall, RN, MSN, ONS Foundation Executive Director

Do you really need be thinking about attending the ONS 41st Annual Congress already? The conference may not begin until April 2016, but if you’re interested in a Congress or Emerging Chapter Leader scholarship offered by the ONS Foundation, you should be planning now. Every year, the ONS Foundation provides scholarships for nurses to attend the Congress, and deadlines to apply are inflatable water parks quickly approaching. In 2015, the foundation provided Congress scholarships to 98 oncology nurses. You could be a 2016 recipient.

The Congress content planning team of volunteer oncology nurses from around the country are working hard to develop outstanding educational sessions for the 2016 event. You don’t want to miss out on this great experience, and now is your opportunity to apply for a scholarship to help offset the expenses of attending.

Still wondering why you should go to Congress? Past scholarship recipients can convince you why it’s the biggest and best oncology nursing conference around.

Karen S. from Wisconsin looked forward to hearing about the most current developments within the field as well as finding ways to improve the care of her patients and their families.

Christine F. from Pennsylvania shares, “Congress gives us the opportunity to stay up to date, which is so important in the ever-changing and exciting field of oncology. Knowledge and networking are key to being a successful oncology nurse.”

Meg H. from Virginia felt confident she would return from Congress a better nurse to her patients, colleague to her cancer team, and with an overall invigorated spirit. And let’s not forget the holistic aspects as shared by Deb B. of Iowa, “Attending Congress renews my spirit, inspires, and energizes me!”

Worried you won’t get selected for a scholarship? That thought was on the mind of Crystal C. from Louisiana when she took the leap to apply for the Emerging Chapter Leaders scholarship that sent her to Congress. Yes, you too can really receive a scholarship.

Karen S. summed the scholarship up nicely by saying Congress was “…an unrivaled opportunity for learning and connection with other nurse leaders.”

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to receive a scholarship. Take just a few minutes today to apply for an ONS Foundation 2016 Congress Scholarship (due December 1) or an Emerging Chapter Leader Scholarship (due November 15). You won’t regret it!

Special thanks to 2015 ONS Foundation Congress and Emerging Leader scholarship recipients mentioned in this post.

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