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Thursday, April 28

7:45am CDT

Opening Ceremony Keynote Address: Do it Well. Make it Fun. The Key to Success in Oncology Nursing

If you’ve ever had a boss who was really good at what he or she did but was also fun to be around, you didn’t mind arriving early or working late. In fact, you probably loved your job. That’s the power of Do it Well, Make it Fun. It’s about seeking excellence but making the process of life and work more fun.

In this keynote presentation, learn how to create a less stressful work environment where people want to work. You’ll come to understand that excellence combined with fun and humor can improve productivity, create better working relationships, enhance creativity, change the workplace culture, and lead to the delivery of better patient care. Discover how you can manage stress by changing your perspective and seeing the humor that’s all around you, improve relationships with others through empathy, clarity, and humor, and make the processes in life and work more effective and more fun.

Doors open at 7 am. You must be seated in the Stars at Night Ballroom by 7:45 am. Attendees arriving after 7:45 am will be directed to overflow room 301. 

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Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE

As a speaker, humorist, and author of three books, including his most recent called Do it Well. Make it Fun: The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between, Ron Culberson’s mission is to change the workplace culture so that organizations are more productive... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2016 7:45am - 9:30am CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom
  Power Sessions

4:15pm CDT

Dental Oncology

Oral health and dental hygiene are often overlooked before, during, and after cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other drugs used in the treatment of cancer can have compounding effects on the oral mucosa and dentition, resulting in increased risk of infection, delayed wound healing, dental caries, and chronic periodontal disease. Increase your knowledge of dental oncology, an expanding area of dentistry focused on prevention, treatment, and maintenance of oral and dental health in both patients with cancer and survivors, to increase quality of life during and after cancer therapy.

Thursday April 28, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
  Power Sessions
Friday, April 29

8:15am CDT

Looking Toward the Future

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is commemorating its 30th anniversary by marking past accomplishments and mapping a path for the future. NINR Director Patricia Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, will describe the Institute’s mission and the implementation of NINR’s strategic plan through four areas of scientific focus: wellness, symptom science, self-management, and end-of-life and palliative care. Looking forward, she will discuss new directions in nursing research opportunities that could guide the future nursing science over the next decade.

Friday April 29, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
  Power Sessions

4:15pm CDT

American Association for Cancer Research/ONS Bench to Bedside: The Role of Inflammation in Cancer (and the Tumor Microenvironment)

How is inflammation linked to cancer and why does it matter? Join this bench-to-bedside journey exploring how chronic inflammation increases the risk for cancer, contributes to adverse events during cancer therapies, and impacts treatment outcomes. The integral role of the immune system will be addressed through exploration of the influence of inflammation on the cancer microenvironment and its role in cancer metastasis. You’ll analyze how lifestyle factors and the environment contribute to chronic inflammation and discover what your patients can do about it.


  1. Describe contributors to and consequences of chronic inflammation in cancer formation, metastasis, treatment effects, and outcomes.
  2. Discuss pathways between the immune system, inflammation, and the cancer microenvironment.
  3. Educate patients on lifestyle modifications that can decrease or prevent inflammation.

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Marilyn Hammer, PhD, DC, RN

Assistant Professor, New York University

Friday April 29, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
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.

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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 →

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

4:15pm CDT

Moral Courage: Building Resilience

The American Nurses Association has named 2015 “The Year of Ethics,” with the update of their Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements. What does that mean for you? What are the skills and traits needed to demonstrate moral courage when you are confronted by ethical dilemmas in practice? Do you feel courageous enough to advocate for your patients or intimidated and powerless to address the situation? In a dynamic and practical conversation, you’ll use real-life cases to gain the knowledge needed to face difficult ethical situations.

Sponsored by the ONS Board of Directors 

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Anne M. Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN®, CENP

Director, Solid Tumor Program, City of Hope
All things oncology nursing...how to volunteer in ONS...leadership development...chapter involvement.

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Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, APRN, MBE, FAAN

President, V.L. Associates
Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, MBE, APRN, FAAN is President of V.L. Associates. After completing her BSN and then her graduate degree in psychiatric nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, she obtained a doctoral degree in education in 1983 from Temple University. The focus of her program... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, MA

Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, MA

Co-Director, UCLA Health System Ethics Center, UCLA Health System
Katherine Brown-Saltzman lectures and publishes internationally on ethics, professional self-care, bereavement, spirituality, psychosocial care, and cultural issues. She is the co-founder of the UCLA Ethics Center, co-chair of the UCLA Medical Center’s Ethics committee, and co-developer... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
  Power Sessions
Sunday, May 1

8:15am CDT

Pharmacology Update

Are you familiar with the new cancer drugs that the FDA has approved within the last year? Get introduced to these novel treatments while learning valuable tips to help you quickly identify drug classifications and use evidence-based interventions for management of these treatments.

Sunday May 1, 2016 8:15am - 9:30am CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom 1-3
  Power Sessions

9:45am CDT

Keep the Fire Burning: How to Maintain Momentum After Congress

You're learning all about BIG change at Congress. Join the ONS Board of Directors to learn how you can continue your enthusiasm and implement ideas once you return to work. You'll discover how to keep the joy of oncology nursing alive and bring your passion back to your patients and co-workers.

Sunday May 1, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom
  Power Sessions

11:00am CDT

Wrapping Up the Big Changes of Congress
Take a look back at the knowledge and connections formed at the ONS 41st Annual Congress and begin looking forward to the year ahead. You'll hear from incoming ONS President Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, as she kicks off her preidential term and identifies ONS goals for the following year. 

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Susan Schneider, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN

Lead Faculty Oncology Specialty, Duke University
ONS President-Elect

Sunday May 1, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Stars at Night Ballroom