Volume 7, Issue 2

The Future of the ONS National Conference Looks Bright

Brian K. Theil, CAE
Director, Membership and Component Relations

Brian K. Theil, CAEAs leaders of the Society, you are aware that beginning this year the annual ONS Congress and the Connections: Advancing Care Through Science conference have been consolidated into one national meeting. Throughout 2014 and 2015, ONS will evolve the current Congress format to incorporate programs that serve all of our members—novice to expert oncology nurses in general and advanced specialty practice, management, education, and research. In 2016, we will premiere a new national conference experience that combines the best elements of Congress and the Connections conference while also incorporating new and improved components of adult learning experiences. The new annual meeting will provide expanded and improved opportunities for attendees to engage in the onsite conference experience and translate the science into improved care management back home.

To facilitate the development of a new national conference template that provides a relevant and sustainable learning experience for all oncology nurses, a cross-departmental staff team has been established to investigate relevant aspects of conference planning, gather member and stakeholder feedback, conduct an assessment of the competitive landscape, and, ultimately, develop recommendations for the new conference experience. I am privileged to lead this team, which includes representatives from ONS’s education, integrated marketing and communications, publications, information services, and meeting services departments as well as ONS’s affiliate corporations. Working with this diverse team is a liaison from the ONS Board of Directors, Debbie Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®, assistant professor and nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.

This powerful opportunity will bring together ONS members in all practice settings and at all career levels, providing a richer learning experience for all. To assist us in meeting this exciting challenge, we will be gathering feedback from members and key stakeholder groups throughout the process. What should the new conference experience look like? You tell us!

We're offering a variety of opportunities for members to have a voice. For instance, at Congress this May in Anaheim, CA, we conducted focus groups of various member segments, including staff nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurse researchers, and nurse managers. In addition, all Congress attendees had a chance to provide their thoughts via responses to a question of the day that was posted on the ONS Twitter and Facebook pages from Thursday through Saturday and by attending an open forum discussion about national conferences that was held in the learning hall on Friday (that Debbie Walker and I led).

Now we will use the feedback gathered to develop a survey for both conference attendees as well as members who have never attended an ONS conference. Current and past conference exhibitors and other conference stakeholders will receive separate surveys so their unique pxerspectives can also be included.

I invite you to share your thoughts about the future of ONS national conferences. Feel free to email me with your suggestions or questions, and I will ensure that your views are added to the mix. The next two years will be an exciting time of change for ONS conferences, and I look forward to your participation in that process.

Volume 7, Issue 2

ONS Leads the Way in Oncology Nursing Education With a Fully Virtual Pharmacology E-Conference

Treatment options for patients with cancer are evolving at a breakneck pace, becoming more individualized every day. With all of the advances, you need up-to-date information you can trust on the latest pharmacologic interventions and treatment strategies. Make your plans to join us on Friday, June 27, for the ONS Pharmacology Update: Integrating Advances Into Practice e-conference. You won’t have to leave your office for this one. Log in from your computer and join speakers and content leaders as they present new and late-breaking pharmacology-related information virtually.

You'll be able to interact by posting questions and chatting with presenters, other attendees, and ONS staff in a fully interactive platform complete with virtual versions of everything you’d expect to see at a live, in-person conference.

Sessions are focused on delivering the latest and greatest in cancer treatment. You’ll get an update on pharmacologic treatments and learn about the latest treatment strategies, all while earning 8 contact hours of CNE. Here’s a rundown of the scheduled sessions and speakers.

American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting Highlights
Aimee Ginsburg, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Coordinator, Oncology Content
McKesson Specialty Health

Data Interpretation
Rowena Schwartz, PharmD
Senior Director, Clinical Content and Services
McKesson Specialty Health

E-Poster Presentations and Showcase
Hormonal Manipulation: Breast
Laura Michaud, PharmD, BCOP, FASHP
Manager, Clinical Pharmacy Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Hormonal Manipulation: Prostate
Anthony Jarkowski III, PharmD, BCOP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
University of Rochester Medical Center

Immune-Related Adverse Effects
Laura Wood, RN, MSN, OCN®
Renal Cancer Research Coordinator
Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

New Drug Update
Teresa Knoop, MSN, RN, AOCN®
Assistant Director, Clinical Trials Shared Resource
Vanderbilt-Ingram Comprehensive Cancer Center

Personalized Medicine
Kristine Abueg, RN, MSN, OCN®, CBCN®
Clinical Research Nurse
Kaiser Permanente

When you see the great lineup of speakers and sessions covering all aspects of cancer pharmacology, you’ll want to tell your colleagues about the e-conference too. Let them know that they’ll earn around 8 contact hours of CNE and that some sessions within this activity are eligible for Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) credit. Add this to your calendar, reserve a conference room for you and your colleagues, and register now.

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Volume 7, Issue 2

Identify Your Mission to Be a Better Nurse Leader

Crystal F. Spellman RN, BSN, OCN®

This post originally appeared on the ONS Connect blog.

"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." —The Upanishads

On any particularly rainy and day-dreamy afternoon, I can probably come up with at least 100 ideas about my life. Usually, I like to think about all the amazing places I want to visit (China, Peru), or the people I want to meet (Betty Ferrell, Elena Brower), or the ambitious projects I want to undertake (in my free time while working toward my DNP). When I am really feeling fired up, I will fantasize about changing health care (revolutionizing, really). I also like to think about the kind of person I want to be. I want to be a dependable and loyal friend, an incredible partner to my husband, and (someday) a leader and role model to my children.

And while staring out the window thinking about all of these things is a great place to begin, there is something alchemical and truly powerful in synthesizing all the big ideas I have about my life by writing them down. Good leaders become great when they master the art of personal leadership. Effective personal leadership can begin through the process of self-reflection, and creating a personal mission statement can facilitate this process.

Consider for a moment the loftiness implied by the phrase personal mission statement. For years I considered writing my own but never followed through. Excuses for not doing so included (but were not limited to) “I am not a Fortune 500 company,” “I’m too spontaneous to plan out everything in my life,” and my personal favorite (while pointing meaningfully to my big brain), “It’s all filed away up there.” It wasn't until I realized I had accomplished the three goals I had taken the time to write down on my annual performance review last year (OCN® certification included) that I made the commitment to write my own.

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey wrote, “All things are created twice.” The blueprints must be just so before the house is built. When the leader chooses to consciously craft the blueprint of the plan to include all the elements necessary for success, the final product will reflect that level of care and attention to detail.

The Franklin Covey website has an incredibly easy free tool that makes creating and customizing your own mission statement a pain-free and empowering experience. Join me in writing your own personal mission statement today. 

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Volume 7, Issue 2

ONS Foundation Offers Grants, Awards, and Project Funding

The mission of the ONS Foundation is to support oncology nursing to improve the lives of people with or at risk for cancer. Take advantage of these great oncology nursing resources and apply for funding today. What do you have to lose?

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