Thursday, June 15 — Saturday, June 17, 2017
Hyatt Regency
Austin, TX

The Summit


Take Charge of Your Career and Lead the Way for Your Navigation Program
The roadmap for implementing a successful oncology navigation program begins with a solid education. Attend the 3rd annual Oncology Nurse Advisor (ONA) Navigation Summit — June 15-17, 2017 in Austin, TX — and earn up to 12 CNEs while learning first-hand from experts on topics that directly impact nurse navigators, care coordinators, oncology nurses, advanced practice nurses, cancer program administrators, and cancer service line directors involved in the management of people with cancer.

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Sneak Peek into This Year's Event


"​Fabulous! I moved into a navigator role one year ago from an inpatient oncology setting, the information is relevant to my practice."
~ Liz Bachoo-Garib RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN, Nurse Navigator
2016 ONA Navigation Summit Attendee
"​Thank you! As a new navigator charting my own path this provided me with really important tools & resources that I will take back into my practice."
~ Sandra Pyle, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator
2016 ONA Navigation Summit Attendee
"​​​Thank you! I enjoyed all sessions and cannot wait to implement so many of the ideas in my practice. All the speakers were so inspiring."
~ Camille Abeldt RN, BSN, Nurse Navigator​, ​General Surgery​
2016 ONA Navigation Summit Attendee




1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
3:00 PM-3:15 PM
3:15 PM-4:15 PM
Keynote Session
Where Are We Going: The Future of Cancer Care
4:15 PM-5:15 PM
Innovative Navigation Strategies
5:25 PM-6:25 PM
Breakout Sessions (Choose one to attend)
Resources for New Navigators or Quality Outcomes and Measurements or Lay Navigation Programs
6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Welcome Reception and Poster Session Opening

Advisory Board

Cindi is the Director of Cancer Support Services and Patient Navigation, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation in Santa Rosa, California. With over 42 years of oncology nursing experience, Cindi is active in nursing leadership at national, international, and local levels. She was a founding Board member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has been dedicated to the patient navigation role since 2001 when she established a free standing Cancer Recovery and Resource Center in Bozeman, Montana. Cindi received her nursing and degree from Meramec Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lindenwood College, and a Masters of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. She has received a number of distinguished awards, including the Oncology Nursing Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010 for novel work in patient navigation, CURE Magazine’s Extraordinary Healer Award in 2014, and the Oncology Nursing Society’s Lifetime Achievement award in April 2016. She has published over 12 articles and authored several book chapters.

Cynthia Cantril, RN, OCN, CBCN, MPH - Advisory Board Chair

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Dr. Haylock is an acknowledged leader in efforts to bring attention to the complex health needs of cancer survivors. Many peer reviewed papers authored or co-authored by her emphasize advancing the science and knowledge of cancer survivorship, the nature and significance of nursing research and nurse advocacy. She also contributes efforts to advance the emerging Oncology Nurse Navigation Role. She is a past president of the 35,000+ member Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and in April 2016, begins a 2-year term as Chairperson of the ONS Survivorship/Rehabilitation/Quality of Life Special Interest Group. Dr. Haylock is an editorial board member of The American Journal of Nursing and Seminars in Oncology Nursing. Dr. Haylock received her BSN and MA in Nursing from the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. Between 2014 and 2016, Dr. Haylock completed 8 terms in an adjunct faculty role, teaching "Professional Nursing Concepts" in the online RN to BSN program at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX. In spring, 2016, Dr. Haylock joined the faculty of Sul Ross State University’s on-line RN to BSN program. She is currently a member of a Speaker’s Bureau associated with Genentech BioOncology.

Pamela J. Haylock, PhD, RN, FAAN - Board Member

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Diane McElwain, RN, OCN, MEd, is an oncology consultant in York, PA. She recently retired from Wellspan Health where she developed the navigation model at the Cancer Center and specialized in head and neck and lung navigation. She also developed outreach and screening activities as well as coordinating support groups and patient educational programs. Diane is an active volunteer for her church, the York SPCA, the York Literacy Council and works as a nurse at the inner city Katallosso Family Health Center. She remains active in the Nurse Navigator SIG of ONS and the Pennsylvania Patient Navigator Network Group.

Diane McElwain, RN, OCN, MEd - Board Member

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Jean Sellers is the Administrative Clinical Director at the UNC Cancer Network, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has been leading the development of patient navigation models at the statewide level for UNC since 2007. Today, she consults with cancer centers and hospitals across North Carolina to assist those institutions integrate cancer support services within identified communities. Recommendations are based on the disparaties of the population served and the needs of each cancer center. As an expert in navigation, Sellers is committed to ensuring quality, compassionate care for all patients facing cancer, regardless of where they may live. She is a graduate of UNC Greensboro, where she earned her undergraduate degree in nursing and her master’s degree in nursing administration. She is an adjunct faculty member of the UNC School of Nursing. Sellers brings nearly 25 years of oncology nursing experience working in a variety of leadership positions within cancer clinics, hospitals and rural communities. She has served on various committees within the Oncology Nursing Society to develop and support the role of the Oncology Nurse Navigator. She is currently serving as a President’s Council member on the National Patient and Family Advocate Foundation. She is the co-founder and current President of the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association. She is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of topics, including patient navigation, health disparities, shared decision making, compassion fatigue and achieving quality care at the end of life.

Jean B. Sellers, RN, MSN - Board Member

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Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is an accomplished nurse executive, scientist, and educator who has made impactful contributions to advancing nursing practice and clinical care. Dr Cunningham is currently chief nursing executive and senior vice president of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and chief nursing executive and associate executive director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as adjunct professor and assistant dean for clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She has extensive experience in the organization and delivery of nursing service across the care continuum, with particular expertise in the utilization of nursing resources in care delivery systems. In her capacity as chief nursing executive, she has responsibility for a broad array of strategic and operational functions, including the development of professional practice standards, oversight of quality, and strengthening the integration of scholarship within the practice of nursing for the Pennsylvania Health System. Her research interests include the effect of nursing on outcomes, clinical trials, and innovative models of care delivery. She has been funded on numerous research initiatives and currently serves as principal investigator on a $1.7 million award from the National Cancer Institute focused on developing strategies to improve accrual to clinical trials. Dr Cunningham received a baccalaureate degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent, a Master of Arts in the Delivery of Nursing Service from New York University, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. She was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow in 2006 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Regina Cunningham, PhD,RN,NEA-BC,FAAN

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Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD, is professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr Demark-Wahnefried began her career as a cancer researcher at Duke University where she was on faculty for 17 years, then was recruited to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2010, she was recruited to UAB as the associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control in the Cancer Center. She has led seven National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical trials on diet and exercise interventions in patients with cancer and survivors and has participated in several other investigations. Much of her work has been in older cancer survivors and in developing and testing interventions to improve functional status. She has published more than 200 scientific articles, and earned recognition as a Komen Professor of Survivorship and an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor. She serves on several committees, including the American Cancer Society’s Guidelines Panel for Nutrition and Physical Activity, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the World Cancer Research Fund, the American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines Panel for Physical Activity in Cancer Survivors, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Committee on Cancer Survivorship and Energy Balance, and the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academy of Sciences.

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD

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Bonnie Freeman is a nurse practitioner in the department of supportive care medicine at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Southern California. She obtained a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, an Adult Nurse Practitioner post-master’s degree, and is certified in thanatology and in advanced practice hospice and palliative care nursing. Bonnie was awarded the AACN ELNEC Critical Care Achievement award in 2009, the Award of Excellence in Pain Management from the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI) in 2012, the Margo McCaffery Award for Excellence in Pain Management in 2014, and her reference book, Compassionate Person-Centered Care of the Dying, received a 2015 Book of the Year award from the Journal of American Nursing Association. Her book focused on an educational method Bonnie developed as part of her Doctoral work to address the most common symptom management needs of the dying called the CARES Tool. The CARES Tool continues to grow in popularity, was endorsed by the City of Hope, and has been instituted by over 50 hospitals in the United States and in Canada.

Bonnie Freeman, RN, DNP, ANP-BC, CT, ACHPN

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After a career spanning more than 20 years working in the private sector for a fortune 500 company, Christine Guarnieri, RN-C, MSN, OCN, was able to realize her goal of becoming a registered nurse. She began her nursing career in 2006 at Huntington Hospital where she worked on a medical/surgical unit until 2007 when transferred to oncology. Christine completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Stony Brook University and completed her Masters of Nursing Education at the University of Phoenix. She is certified in oncology, chemotherapy, biotherapy, and gerontology. She is the recipient of the Huntington Hospital Magnet Nurse Award and was nominated for the NS/LIJ Health System President’s award and Service Excellence Award. Ms Guarnieri joined Winthrop-University Hospital in 2011 as an oncology nurse navigator specializing in colorectal, gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and head and neck cancers. She has been interviewed by the Association of Community Cancer Centers publication Oncology Issues for her role as an oncology nurse navigator and the effective practices in a multidisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Program. Ms Guarnieri is also the President of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Long Island-Queens local chapter.

Christine Guarnieri, RN-C, MSN, OCN

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Judy is the manager of the cancer care navigation program at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina. She was instrumental in the development of the navigation model that is incorporated throughout the health care system. Navigation services are provided to patients with cancer living in 29 counties of rural eastern North Carolina. She leads a team of oncology nurses and social workers to identify the barriers to care, provide resources, and ensure timely, quality cancer care closer to home when possible. Additionally, Judy has experience as a disease-specific navigator for gastrointestinal cancers and melanoma. She has over 25 years of experience in various areas of medical oncology nursing. Judy presented at the 2016 annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress on integrating a navigation data collection tool into an electronic medical record with outcome measures and analysis. She has co-authored numerous abstracts with her team addressing the benefits of navigation showing return on investment. Since 2014, she has served on the leadership team of the ONS Nurse Navigator Special Interest Group to identify priorities that support the role of the oncology nurse navigator across a variety of care settings and populations. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the College of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati and received her Master of Science at Rush University in the oncology clinical nurse specialist program.

Judy Koutlas, RN, MS, OCN

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Helen Meldrum, EdD, is an educator and consultant and an associate professor of psychology in the Program in Health Sciences and Industry-Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Dr Meldrum’s areas of expertise include interpersonal and group dynamics, medication adherence, customer service, psychology of adulthood, dealing with difficult people, mental health services, talking about treatment plans, communicating sensitive issues, self-advocacy skills for patients, and conflict management. Helen has a particular strength in teaching “teaching skills” having facilitated many train-the-trainer programs in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel. Dr Meldrum has addressed a wide variety of groups across the country and internationally. Her articles, interviews, editorials, and reviews have appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Integrative Medicine, The Journal of Public Mental Health, and The International Journal of Clinical Leadership. Her book Interpersonal Communication in Pharmaceutical Care has been widely adopted and her text Provider-Patient Partnerships was written with Mary Hardy, MD. Dr Meldrum’s newest book is entitled Characteristics of Compassion: Portraits of Exemplary Physicians. In 2012, she won the “Researcher of the Year” award from The International Listening Association. Bentley University awarded her an Innovation in Teaching Award in 2015. Helen is a member of several professional associations including the National Communication Association and New England Society for Applied Psychology. In addition, she is an active volunteer with several animal rescue groups.

Helen Meldrum, EdD

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Betsy Quinn is the thoracic oncology program coordinator and nurse navigator at CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a position she originated and developed in 2011. Being a guide through cancer treatment is one of the primary focuses of her nurse navigation position. Betsy was responsible for restructuring, developing, and implementing a lung screening program in 2014. Working with the interventional pulmonologist and thoracic surgeon, Betsy provided leadership, practical nursing knowledge, and hands-on knowledge of throughput to provide an efficient, easily accessed lung screening program. She oversees several grants that provide funding for underserved and underinsured high-risk lung screening patients. In the last 2 years, lung screenings have almost doubled since implementing CHI Memorial’s Lung Screening Program. In 2015, Betsy began a nurse consultant role with Medtronic/Super Dimensions in conjunction with the interventional pulmonologist. She orchestrates site visits to CHI Memorial for visiting facilities who want to develop their own virtual lung nodule clinics, lung screening programs, and nurse navigation roles. Betsy is a clinical nurse consultant with the Chattanooga area YMCA’s Livestrong at the Y Program. This program offers a 12-week good health and exercise program to patients with cancer at no cost to them. She provides nursing leadership and guidance to the Livestrong YMCA staff. Betsy attended the Caring for the Oncology Caregiver Program in California presented by the City of Hope. Since attending that program, she has been an advocate for caregivers at CHI Memorial providing education and support to staff and family caregivers alike. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing’s undergraduate and graduate programs. She also earned a master’s degree in psychology from West Georgia College. Betsy brings over 38 years of nursing experience in oncology, emergency, critical care, nursing education, and forensics. She is the recipient of the YMCAs Community Impact Award, Caring Spirit Award, and a Daisy Award nominee. She has published several nursing perspective oncology articles.

Betsy Quinn, RN, MA, MSN, OCN

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Cindy Stern, RN, MSN, CCRP, has devoted her career, spanning over 35 years, to the field of oncology. She has extensive experience in many realms including clinical practice, administration, education, and clinical research. In her current role as a Senior Administrator for the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network, Cindy works with both academic and community-based hospitals to assist facilities and cancer program leaders to develop strategic and operation plans to meet the needs of patients with cancer. As a Certified Clinical Research Professional, Cindy also guides institutions in the development or expansion of human subject protection and oncology clinical research programs. She has been a scientific member of the University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board since 2004. Cindy was a consultant and faculty member for a National Caner Institute-funded 5 year study, Training Community Nurses and Administrators to Implement Cancer Clinical Trials. Cindy is also a consultant for cancer centers across the country who seek to obtain or maintain the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Program Accreditation. She has authored several publications and is a peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted to professional medical and nursing journals such as the Oncology Nursing Forum and the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. Cindy has participated as faculty for numerous national, regional, and local professional conferences. Cindy received a Baccalaureate degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Cindy is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Society of Clinical Research Associates, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers.

Cindy Stern, RN, MSN, CCRP

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Janelle M. Tipton, MSN, RN, AOCN®, earned a BSN at Bowling Green State University and an MSN with an education certificate from Wayne State University. She is currently employed at the University of Toledo Medical Center as a nurse manager of the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center Infusion Center and as an oncology clinical nurse specialist. She has an advanced certification in oncology nursing.

Ms Tipton has lectured extensively on topics related to symptom management of chemotherapy side effects and evidence-based interventions. She has authored and co-authored the “Acute Side Effects of Chemotherapy” chapter in several editions of the Handbook of Cancer Chemotherapy. She has been the project team leader for the Oncology Nursing Soceity (ONS) Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) initiative, and was a co-editor of an ONS book Putting Evidence into Practice: Improving Oncology Patient Outcomes. She was also on the PEP team for oral adherence with publication in the 2015 CJON supplement.

She is currently involved in the CMS Oncology Care Model (OCM), participating in the practice change projects, including strategies to improve outcomes for patients receiving oral and intravenous outpatient chemotherapy. Other collaborative projects include research examining effective measures and value assessments related to physical activity and nutrition in cancer survivors.

Janelle Tipton,MSN, RN, AOCN

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Dr Debra Wujcik is director of research at Carevive Systems, Inc. She was previously Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's Director of Clinical Trials and the Cancer Clinical Trials Office at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. Dr Wujcik received her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and master of science in nursing (MSN) at the University of Pittsburgh and her doctoral degree from the University of Utah. She is certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse by the Oncology Nursing Society and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr Wujcik has more than 35 years in Oncology Nursing and more than 25 years in clinical research management in both academic and community hospital settings. She is active in the Oncology Nursing Society and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Her research interests are identifying and developing strategies to overcome barriers to clinical trial participation and she has participated in national initiatives to addressing disparities in relation to this topic. She has multiple publications in oncology nursing journals and is co-Editor of Oncology Nursing: Principles and Practice.

Debra Wujcik, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

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Pricing & Travel



Healthcare Professional (Oncology Nurse/Navigator, etc) $225

Healthcare Professional Group Rate (2 or More) $190

Student/Patient Advocate $100

Industry** (Non-Healthcare Professionals in a Non-Clinical/Practice Setting) $1,800

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

Reservations: 800-421-1442 and mention the ONA Navigation Summit to receive the discounted conference rate.

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the Hyatt Regency Austin from Wednesday, June 14, 2017, through Sunday, June 18 2017, at a rate of $189 per person/standard room night (excludes applicable state and local taxes). Discount rooms are available on first-come first-served basis.


The Hyatt Regency Austin is accessible from multiple modes of transportation - air, bus, car, and rail. For full details on transportation options and driving directions, click here.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Saturday, June 17, 2017
Exhibits open at 1:00 PM on Thursday, June 15!


​Exhibit​ ​and Reach​ ​Over 250​ ​Oncology​ ​Navigation​ ​Experts

The 2017 Oncology Nurse​ ​Advisor (ONA) Navigation​ ​Summit offers valuable​ ​marketing and branding opportunities to your target​ ​audience of oncology nurse​ ​navigators. If you offer​ ​products and services​ ​related to cancer treatment,​ ​prevention, side-effect​ ​management, or education,​ ​the ONA Navigation Summit is​ ​the can't-miss event of 2017.

If you would like to learn more about the remaining opportunities available or would like to receive a custom proposal please contact Henry Amato at or 914-806-7525.

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