By Linda H. Eaton, PhD, RN, AOCN®

Have you ever considered submitting an abstract for presentation at Congress, but you don’t end up doing so due to lack of time or lack of experience? Luckily, abstracts aren’t due until September 30, so plenty of time is available, and experience is only gained by writing abstracts. It really does get easier the more you do it, and it will benefit your patients and your career in the long run. In fact, here are 10 reasons why you should submit an abstract for presentation at Congress.

  1. Assistance is available for writing an awesome abstract through the ONS Mentorship Program for Abstract Writers—just contact ONS Education toll free at 866-257-4ONS or by email at
  2. It allows you to be creative in visually sharing your presentation as either a printed poster, e-poster, or PowerPoint presentation.
  3. Your abstract is published in the Oncology Nursing Forum, which is distributed to more than 35,000 ONS members.
  4. You meet other oncology nurses and healthcare providers who are interested in your topic.
  5. Sharing your work improves the care of individuals with cancer across the country.
  6. Talking with others about your project or research study is fun. (It really is!)
  7. You improve your presentation skills, an important competence for advancing your career.
  8. It’s a great addition to your resume to make you stand out among potential job candidates.
  9. Your work increases the knowledge of oncology nurses and others attending the conference.
  10. It showcases your hard work at an amazing conference with your peers.

As you can see, submitting and presenting an abstract provides great benefits, both to you and others. There’s no time like the present, so view the submission instructions and start writing today!

Plus, remember that late-breaking research abstracts will be accepted December 28, 2015–January 15, 2016. Late-breaking research abstracts focus on novel data from studies that were recently completed.


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