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Wednesday, April 27

1:00pm CDT

Cancer at the Two Ends of the Life Span

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer have unique needs that must be addressed to ensure that optimal care is provided as they move through the diagnostic, treatment, and survivorship trajectory. How can you provide care in a culturally-appropriate way for AYAs? How do you deal with the developmental demands of patients who are "too young" to have cancer and who have little to no experience of illness due to their age? At the other end of the spectrum, how can you provide exemplary care to geriatric patients with a number of age-related comorbidities? How can you involve their adult children who have their own age-related illnesses, often including their own cancer diagnoses? Listen as two experts in these diverse populations will educate, challenge, and identify gaps in knowledge and existing evidence.

Please note: Preconference sessions require separate registration. 

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Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cancer Care Manitoba
Dr. Anne Katz is the editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor and CNS at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba.She is the author of ten books about cancer and sexuality... Read More →


Barbara Cochrane, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Director of the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, University of Washington School of Nursing

Wednesday April 27, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Thursday, April 28

9:45am CDT

Intervention Management: A New Approach to Ongoing Issues

Nurses often start by looking at the patient’s symptoms that need to be managed. How would your practice change if you flipped your mindset and thought about evidence-based interventions first, and then how they can be used to manage frequently-experienced symptoms? Take a look at evidence-based interventions from the Oncology Nursing Society Putting Evidence Into Practice (PEP) resources to see how to use them across multiple symptoms. You’ll learn about the PEP resources for anxiety, depression, sleep, and fatigue straight from the experts who developed them, how you can use the resources to improve quality, and what quality measures are related to them.


Janelle Tipton, MSN, RN, AOCN®

Manager, Infusion Center, Univ. of Toledo Medical Center
I have been an oncology nurse for 27 years, and oncology CNS for 22 years. Have been the manager of our infusion center in our Cancer Center for the past year. I have interests in symptom management, evidence based practice (including PEP), and anything related to infusion ther... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
  Clinical Practice Track

2:45pm CDT

The Power of Nursing Interventions in Holistic Oncology Treatment
  • "Spirituality Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer," Kathy Seymour, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "Hands in Harmony: A Nurse Administered Hand Massage Program in an Outpatient Chemotherapy Suite," Caitlin Braithwaite, BSN, RN, OCN®
  • "Going Beyond Patient Satisfaction to What Matters Most," Janet Bagley, RN, MS, AOCNS®, NEA-BC
  • "Erasing Patient Anxiety and Increasing Nurse-Patient Communication Through Whiteboard Utilization in an Ambulatory Infusion Room," Sheila Hunt, BA, RN, CEN
  • "'Am I Dying?' What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say: An Educational Approach to Answering Challenging Patient Questions," Ann Brady, MSN, RN-BC


ann j brady

symptom management RN, huntington Hospital
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Sheila Hunt, BA, RN, CEN

oncology clinician, Baylor Scott & White McClinton Cancer Center
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Janet Bagley, RN, MS, AOCNS®, NEA-BC

Director of Nursing, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
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Caitlin Braithwaite, BAN, RN, OCN®

Staff Nurse, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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Kathy Seymour

Oncology Nurse Navigtor, PIH Health
Navigation, Colon Cancer , Navigation Metrics

Thursday April 28, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
  Clinical Practice Track

2:45pm CDT

The Same Only Scarier: Cancer Care and the LGBT Community

Cancer may not discriminate, but the healthcare system often does. LGBT patients with cancer face a unique impact on their identities, sexuality, and families of choice. When they believe they must choose between good medical treatment and social acceptance, many choose to hide their gender identity and sexual orientation from their providers, compromising their quality of care. On the other hand, those who feel safe bringing their whole, authentic selves into care find profound health benefits. Learn how you can address the unique issues of LGBT patients and offer suggestions for improved nursing care.

Thursday April 28, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
  Clinical Practice Track
Friday, April 29

9:45am CDT

Research Use Beyond the Bedside: Bringing Practice Change to the Chair
  • "Start, Pause, Stop: A Dedicated Ambulatory Phase I Immunotherapy Clinic’s Approach to Managing Patients on Immune Modulators," RuthAnn Gordon, MSN, FNP-BC, OCN®
  • "Smoking Cessation:  A Process and a Practice Change," Rita Meitzner, BSN
  • "Moving Out: Transitioning an Inpatient Chemotherapy Regimen to the Outpatient Setting," Jayme Cotter, MS, RN, AOCNS®, ACNS-BC
  • "Evaluating the On-Body Injector for Neulasta® as an Alternative to Manual Neulasta® Injection," Carolyn Ruef, CRNP, AOCNP®

avatar for Jayme Cotter, MS, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC

Jayme Cotter, MS, RN, AOCNS, ACNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
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Carolyn Ruef, CRNP, AOCNP®

Nurse Practitioner, Cancer Treatment Centers Of Amercia
Carolyn Ruef is a Nurse Practitioner in the Infusion Room at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Carolyn works with patients and providers to ensure that care is provided seamlessly and effectively. During her career, Carolyn has completed years of additional... Read More →
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Rita Meitzner, BSN

Staff Nurse, Moffitt Cancer Center
I am celebrating my 24th year as an oncology nurse. Oncology nursing is challenging and ever changing. I have seen first-hand what nursing can do to change patient outcomes and I find this very rewarding. EBP has made an impact on my patients and my nursing practice. I am proud... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am CDT
  Clinical Practice Track

4:15pm CDT

The Role of Spirituality in the Grieving Process*

There is often a strong connection between spirituality and grief that is not always recognized.  Through case studies and discussion, learn the information you need to assist patients and caregivers in navigating through the stages of grief. 

Sponsored by the Spiritual Care Special Interest Group

*This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Oncology Nursing Society, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. 

Friday April 29, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
  Special Interest Group Sessions
Saturday, April 30

8:15am CDT

Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship: The Elephant in the Room: Tackling Tough Topics With Your Patients
Do you often find yourself reluctant to ask a patient a question because you are afraid to offend them or don't know the right words to use? What are the elephants in the room for you as a professional? Do you hesitate before raising the topic of sexuality, end-of-life issues, obesity, or treatment-related infertility? Do you ever wish you had a toolkit that could help you deal with sensitive issues? Get encouraged and inspired to face sensitive topics head on. Using clinical examples, you’ll see how you can confront the elephant in the room and emerge stronger and bolder.

The Mara Mogensen Flaherty Lecture is generously supported by the ONS Foundation.

Please note: Due to a scheduling change, Anne Katz will be presenting the Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lectureship in place of Theresa Brown.

avatar for Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cancer Care Manitoba
Dr. Anne Katz is the editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor and CNS at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba.She is the author of ten books about cancer and sexuality... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3

9:45am CDT

Supporting Oncology Nurses Through Mentorship and Self Care
  • "Compassion Fatigue Intervention Program: A Self 'Care Plan' for the Oncology Nurse," Jeannie Wirth, MSN, RN, CNS, AOCN®
  • "Confronting Compassion Fatigue: Assessment and Intervention in the Acute Care Oncology Setting," Lisa Zajac,DNP, RN, ANP-BC, OCN®
  • "Multi-Dimensional Culture of Mentoring for Nurse Protégés," Ashley Mickiewicz, RN, BSN, OCN®
  • "Driving Nursing Professionalism While Achieving Clinical Excellence in Oncology," Deborah Baldassarre, MSN, RN, OCN®, HN-BC


Deborah Baldassarre

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
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Ashley Mickiewicz, RN, BSN, OCN®

Clinical Nurse Educator, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Lisa Zajac,DNP, RN, ANP-BC, OCN®

Corporate Nursing Lead - McLaren Healthcare EMR, Karmanos Cancer Center

Jeannie Wirth

I have been an oncology nurse for 33 years!

Saturday April 30, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am CDT
  Leadership/Management/ Education Track
Sunday, May 1

8:15am CDT

Addressing Challenges in Cancer Care Management From Prevention to Post-Treatment
  • "Perception, Acceptance and Uptake of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine Among Female Adolescents in Selected Secondary Schools in Ibadan, Nigeria," Chizoma Ndikom,RN, PhD
  • "Reliability of the Parent Caring Response Scoring System (P-CaReSS) for Children During Cancer Treatment-Related Port Starts," Jinbing Bai, PhD(c), MSN, RN
  • "Supportive Care Plans: Linking Patient-Reported Outcomes to Evidence-Based Supportive Care Across the Cancer Continuum," Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN
  • "Knowledge and Perceptions of Palliative Care in Ambulatory Oncology Patients," Tara Donnelly, RN, BSN
  • "Exploring the Relationship Between Pre-Treatment BMI and Post-Treatment Sexual Function in Women with Endometrial Cancer treated with Vaginal Brachytherapy," Rubi Garcia, RN, BSN

avatar for Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®

Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®

Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Scientist, Billings Clinic
Dr. Jeannine M. Brant is an oncology clinical nurse specialist, pain consultant, and nurse scientist for Billings Clinic in Montana. Her repertoire blends her clinical expertise in pain and symptom management with her program of research on improving patient symptoms and nursing-sensitive... Read More →
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Tara Donnelly, RN, BSN

Clinical Coordinator, Overlook Medical Center
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Chizoma Ndikom

Lecturer, University of Ibadan, Ibadan
I am Dr Chizoma Millicent Ndikom, a lecturer in the Department of Nursing, University of Ibadan. I have a Doctor of Philosophy Degree specializing in Maternal and child health nursing from the University of Ibadan. I teach majorly maternal and child health nursing, reproductive health... Read More →
avatar for Jinbing Bai, PhD(c), MSN, RN

Jinbing Bai, PhD(c), MSN, RN

Student, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
My research interest is children's pain and symptom management.

Sunday May 1, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am CDT