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Discover Dynamic Sessions Designed for Nurses in Direct Patient Care

ONS Bridge™ provides you with the latest information on care coordination and updates in therapy, hitting on the topics that affect you and your patients. Bring new ideas and improvement opportunities learned at ONS Bridge back to your institution.
Review the ONS Bridge schedule for the live conference dates, September 12 and 14, below. Then, download a printable version of the schedule so that you can share with your manager, colleagues, or hang in your unit. 
Mark your calendar! Join your nursing colleagues and ONS clinical staff for a live bonus day on September 13, 2023, for engaging roundtable discussions so that you can continue learning new strategies and networking outside of session time. Check back soon for more information.


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Tuesday, September 12

Thursday, September 14

Opening and Keynote Address

10:15–11:15 am



Checkpoint Inhibitors Part 2: What’s on the Horizon?

10:15–11:15 am | Kelsey Turcotte

Explore new mechanisms of action and future uses of immunotherapies in the second installation of a two-part series exploring checkpoint inhibitors in oncology practice. 

Caring for Patients With Uncommon Diagnoses 

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Nancy Houlihan

Patients with rare diseases have special care considerations and unique resource needs. This session will provide you with the tools you need to confidently care for patients with uncommon diagnoses. 

Palliative Care: Timing Matters

10:15–11:15 am | Carey Ramirez

Patients often hear the words "palliative care" and instantly associate it with hospice care. However, palliative care can be incorporated at many points on the treatment trajectory. When is the best time to add a palliative care provider to the team? This session will describe how the integration of palliative care can improve patient outcomes. This session will also discuss the benefits of educating patients on what palliative care really means and how it can benefit them throughout the entire cancer journey. 

Maintaining and Assessing Nursing Competency in New and Experienced Nurses

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Joy Octaviano, Tashawa Anagbogu

Nurses work in an ever-changing environment. Maintaining certain skills can be difficult if nurses do not use them regularly. New graduate nurses must learn much information and many new skills in a short amount of time. This session will cover maintaining skills, ONS competency resources, and how to quickly acclimate to an ever-changing environment. 

Re-Defining The Bell: Recognizing Milestones   

10:15–11:15 am | Lindsey Zinck

Ringing the bell on the final day of cancer treatment has been a long-standing tradition in oncology. Although it is a time of happiness and celebration, it stirs up a variety of other emotions in patients. Many patients need indefinite treatment. Others may have failed many cycles of treatment. Join us as we dive into how we can celebrate and support patients along their entire cancer trajectory.

Pain Management, Safe Opioid Use, and Alternative Pain Management Therapies

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Victoria Marshall

Patients with cancer often concurrently suffer with intense pain. Patients might be resistant to taking opioid medications because of fears of addiction or overdose. In this session, learn how to better educate patients about opioid safety, benefits of opioid medication to treat cancer-related pain, and how to monitor for inappropriate use of opioid medication.  

Genomics 101

11:30 am–12:30 pm  | Julie Martin

Genomics has become a hot topic in oncology. With genomics, healthcare providers can identify individuals at higher risk for developing cancer or tailor treatment based on genetic markers in a tumor. Learn more about how using genomics to select the most effective treatment for a patient and to identify if patients have an underlying sensitivity to certain treatments or predisposition to certain cancers.  

Incrementalism in the Health Policy Arena

12:45–1:45 pm  | Alec Stone

Last year, oncology nurses raised their voices in concert and, after 12 years of slow but steady progress, the Lymphedema Treatment Act was signed into law.  Learn how changes in health policy happen in incremental steps and how your one voice can join with those of your colleagues to make a difference in the lives of people living with cancer.

Rebuilding Strong Teams: Finding the Pathway Back From Stress Injury

11:30 am–12:30 pm  | Cheri Constantino-Shor

This engaging presentation will explore the current challenges faced by our depleted healthcare teams across the United States. The virtual conversation will focus on present-day realities and best-practice organizational and personal strategies for forging a pathway through the chaos. Attendees will walk away with tangible tools to help them turn toward the future with hope.

Checkpoint Inhibitors Part 1: Side Effect Etiology and Management 

12:45–1:45 pm | Marianne Davies

Explore nursing considerations for patients receiving checkpoint inhibitors, specifically side effect etiology and management, through this first installation of a two-part series exploring checkpoint inhibitors in oncology practice.

Transgender Persons With Cancer: What Can We do Better?  

11:30 am–12:30 pm  | Stephanie Russell

Transgender people have special care considerations and unique needs regarding prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. This session will cover tools and information that can help nurses confidently provide culturally sensitive care to transgender people throughout the cancer care continuum. 

Interventional Radiology: Not Just Line Placement!  

12:45–1:45 pm | David Santa Cruz, Habok Kocharyan

Interventional radiology can provide many tools for diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as symptom management. In this session, you will learn about the roles that interventional radiology plays in the landscape of cancer care and about interventional oncology as a specialty for nurses. 

Caring for Oncology Patients With Physical Disabilities

12:45–1:45 pm | Grace Cullen

Barriers in the health care system have shown that patients with disabilities may be at a disadvantage when receiving cancer care. Discuss cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment for adults with disabilities, along with strategies for nurses to ensure that their patients with disabilities receive the care that they need. 

Beyond Orientation: Strategies to Retain the Oncology Nurse 

4–5 pm | Meghan Jones, LaSandra Brown

Training a nurse in oncology is a hot topic in oncology care. But what about keeping the nurse in oncology? Explore strategies for supporting oncology nurses beyond orientation, with the goal of keeping the nurse in oncology.  

Conversations Surrounding Fertility Preservation–How to Best Serve and Support our Patients

12:45–1:45 pm | Megan Solinger

Young patients facing a cancer diagnosis should be informed about options for fertility preservation. Join us for a case study and discussion on conversations around fertility preservation, legal and financial effects, the process of fertility preservation, and resources for patients.  

Caring for Vulnerable Populations   

4–5 pm | Diane Nielsen

Patients living in rural or underserved communities may not have equitable access to resources compared to more urban areas. Join us as we dive deeper into how to best utilize social services for vulnerable populations. This session will specifically cover resources that are available to help vulnerable populations with their cancer care. 

Recognizing and Managing Non-Physical Violence in the Workplace

12:45–1:45 pm | Penne McPherson 

Violence towards nurses does not have to be considered just “part of the job” and does not always involve physical injury. This session will explore the challenges of nonphysical workplace violence, recognizing dangerous behaviors, and personal safety techniques.  

Reactions and Desensitization

4–5 pm | Maura Price

Patients can have reactions to medications during routine administrations and during desensitization protocols. Some medications are known to have a higher risk of reactions or may require desensitization protocols. This session will discuss common reactions, differences and similarities in treating reactions in the ambulatory setting versus inpatient setting, and preparation for potential reactions. Additionally, this session will discuss what happens if a patient has a reaction and what their future treatment options may be.

The Impact of Implicit Bias on the Care of People with Cancer

4–5 pm | Holly Chitwood

Have you ever considered how your thoughts and implicit biases can influence oncology care? This session will help attendees mindfully reflect on current practices. Tangible ideas on how to improve patient care with consideration to implicit biases will be discussed.