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ONS Congress Named Trade Show Executive’s 2016 Fastest 50 Growing Conferences

ONS Congress Named to Trade Show Executive’s 2016 Fastest 50 Growing Conferences
Monday, March 6, 2017

ONS was recently selected for two Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) 2016 Fastest 50 awards, Fastest Growing Shows by Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space and Fastest Growing Show by Number of Exhibiting Companies.

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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) was recently selected for two Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) 2016 Fastest 50 awards. TSE is a group that rates and honors the fastest growing trade shows globally. In 2016, ONS’s annual Congress was selected in the categories of Fastest Growing Shows by Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space and Fastest Growing Show by Number of Exhibiting Companies. Congress was also recognized for the TSE’s Next 50 for Fastest Growing Attendance, which is awarded to trade shows that are strong contenders for the honor in 2017. 
 
SmithBucklin, an association management company that partners with ONS to sell space to exhibitors, sponsors, and industry groups at Congress, initially nominated ONS’s annual conference for the award. 
 
“We decided to nominate Congress for this award because, as partners with ONS, we’ve seen Congress grow and expand each year from both an attendee and exhibitor standpoint,” Alexa Newman, senior manager of event services at SmithBucklin in Chicago, IL, said. “Congress gathers together oncology nurses from around the globe, and every year ONS works to offer more educational tracks, connect oncology professionals with more industry stakeholders, and offer the chance for oncology nurses to celebrate their profession on a large scale. It has been so rewarding to be a part of this growth, and we’re excited to continue to move the needle by working with ONS.” 
 
“Our volunteers, staff, and vendor partners work year-round to plan Congress and create an event to meet needs of our attendees—nurses who give their all caring for patients with cancer,” Jen Krause, ONS director of national conferences, said. “It’s such an honor to be recognized for all the effort.”
 
Each year, ONS hosts Congress to bring together oncology nurses to celebrate their profession and elevate their practice. Congress offers numerous educational opportunities and presentations on cutting-edge oncology practice, and it provides the perfect opportunity for oncology nurses to reconnect with their passion and network with their colleagues. This year’s Congress will be held from May 4–7, 2017, in Denver, CO, at the Colorado Convention Center. More details and a full schedule can be found at congress.ons.org.
 
ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.
 

ONS Hosts Congressional Briefing

ONS Hosts Congressional Briefing on Palliative Care
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In September 2014, ONS hosted a successful congressional briefing on palliative care and the role of the oncology nurse in Washington, DC. As a result of the briefing, five additional representatives have signed on to the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, an ONS-supported bill. 

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Michele Dietz, RN, MSN, with U.S. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY)
On Thursday, September 18, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) hosted a congressional briefing on “Palliative Care and the Role of the Oncology Nurse” at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. 
 
ONS Executive Director of External Affairs and Business Development, Michele Dietz, RN, MSN, was the emcee, and the panel included keynote speaker and ONS member Laura Fennimore, PhD, RN. Attendees of the briefing included Congressional staff, including House leadership and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair staff, two members of Congress, and nursing, cancer, and healthcare coalition partners. U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), sponsor of H.R. 1339: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), sponsor of H.R. 1666: Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act, each spoke, acknowledging ONS by name and the role of the oncology nurse in the cancer treatment process.  
 
Palliative care is a relatively new medical specialty focused on improving a patient’s quality of life by providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. Drawing from expert knowledge in its Emerging Trends in Palliative Care conferences, the ONS briefing discussed the increasing importance of education, training, and research in this field. As a result of the briefing, five additional members of Congress signed onto the palliative care legislation.
 
The briefing also leveraged the Institute of Medicine's 2014 report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, which supports the need for palliative care education that could help relieve a burdened healthcare system already troubled by factors that hamper delivery of high-quality care near the end of life.
 
H.R. 1339: Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act seeks to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at nursing schools, allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, and other interdisciplinary fields relating to palliative care. It also establishes fellowship programs that provide short-term intensive courses on palliative care to upgrade faculty members’ knowledge and clinical skills. 
 
H.R. 1666: Patient Centered Quality Care for Life Act seeks to create a patient-centered quality initiative for seriously ill individuals by establishing a national stakeholder strategic summit that includes an interdisciplinary advisory committee. It also forms a quality-of-life education and awareness initiative through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides funding for a healthcare workforce training program, and institutes a palliative care-focused research plan to lower cost and improve quality for patients with chronic conditions.
 
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