Each year, ONS Congress™ is planned with the help of nurses just like you. These volunteer nurses comprise the ONS Congress Content Planning Team. The 2021 team has been working tirelessly to bring cutting-edge educational sessions and speakers to this year’s conference.

From learning about best practices and new therapies, to networking with colleagues, to taking part in professional development, there are many reasons why ONS’s annual conference is a can’t-miss event.

Here are the top 10 reasons to attend ONS Congress presented by the 2021 Content Planning Team:

1. “There’s no better way to improve your practice than to come together and learn together during ONS Congress! You’ll hear about best practices from your colleagues who developed those practices and can help you implement and improve in your own work. You’ll meet other oncology nurses who will be on your shortlist when you need to reach out and ask what others are doing in the future, too.”

Susan Yackzan, PhD, APRN, MSN, AOCN®
Team Lead

2. “The key to attending ONS Congress is to seek out sessions that are outside of your comfort zone. As a seasoned oncology nurse, I am amazed at how much I learn from presentations and most of all networking with others.”

Nancy Corbitt, BSN, RN, OCN®
Clinical Practice Track

3. “ONS Congress has always been my favorite conference to attend. I return to my institution reinvigorated to use all of what I learned to improve cancer care for my patients.”

Colleen McCracken, BSN, RN, CMSRN, CHPN, OCN®
Clinical Practice Track

4. “ONS Congress provides me with the latest knowledge across the large landscape of oncology nursing. We specialize within our specialty, yet there is much we can teach each other across tracks. No reason to re-invent the wheel—come to ONS Congress and see how others are solving the same challenges you are encountering.”

Nonniekaye Shelburne, MS, CRNP, AOCN®
Research Track

5. “ONS Congress 2021: A virtual conference with real-time application. This not-to-be-missed 46th Annual ONS Congress will feature the most current and cutting-edge research; evidence-based clinical and advanced practice; radiation oncology; and leadership, education, and management strategies to move the science and practice of oncology care forward. Highlighted sessions will include the use of cannabinoids, management strategies during and following the pandemic, digital health, and diversity and inclusion, among many other hot topics. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to be a part of the future in oncology nursing. Register yourself and your colleagues today!”

Marilyn Hammer, PhD, DC, RN, FAAN
Research Track

6. “I have always enjoyed ONS Congress because it provides me with the ability to meet with people from all around the U.S.. Conferences remain a key event for professional development, continuing education, and networking. Each year at ONS Congress, experts present on topics to help enrich your oncology nursing career. These experts provide tools to help guide nursing care as well as new knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of oncology-related topics.”

Marci Andrejko, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Advanced Practice Track

7. “ONS Congress is always a great opportunity to expand myself personally and professionally by allowing me time to reconnect with the passions of why I became an oncology nurse and focus on those things that inspire me to care for and educate oncology nurses and patients. ONS Congress provides networking among oncology professionals not just nationally but internationally as well, allowing me to expand my knowledge and professional friendships.”

Anne Kolenic, DNP, APRN, AOCNS®
Advanced Practice Track

8. “The landscape of oncology nursing is vast and ever changing. Attending the annual ONS Congress broadens the lens of oncology practice beyond the walls of individual institutions. I enjoy attending and gaining new insights and capturing information regarding new or improved therapies. Connections with colleagues from across the world who are embarking on the same mission is continually exceeded. I always leave ONS Congress with more than what I came with: an astounding appreciation for the craft of oncology nursing and the recharging of my professional endeavors in order to continue to positively affect oncology patient care.”

Danya Garner, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, OCN®, CCRN-K
Leadership, Management, Education Track

9. “Taking the time to step away from my regular routine to attend Congress is like taking a ‘professional vacation.’ It allows me to break away from the minutiae of my everyday work and experience a part of oncology nursing that I otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to explore. I return to work with my batteries recharged, full of new ideas and excitement about how I can improve my practice!”

Jeanette Pretorius, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, NE-BC, OCN®
Leadership, Management, Education Track

10. “ONS Congress is such a rewarding event for me, both personally and professionally. I always enjoy networking with friends and colleagues from around the country and hearing the latest content updates from experts on the most relevant topics related to oncology nursing.”

Trey Woods, MSN, RN, NP-C
Radiation Track

ONS is continually grateful for the time and value provided by our 2021 Content Planning Team, and we know they’ll help to ensure that the 46th Annual ONS Congress is beneficial to oncology nurses and other health care professionals.

Register for ONS Congress today to spark change and transform oncology care. Don’t forget that the first 2,500 registrants will receive an attendee welcome packet via mail, so register today to secure yours!