The 8th annual Oncology Nurse Advisor (ONA) Summit will be held over a three day period of March 17-19, 2023, a virtual event of curated educational content sessions with live Q&A. The previous ONA Summit in 2022 drew over 900 oncology nurses and related professionals to further their oncologic education and discuss emerging topics with some of the oncology field’s most esteemed experts.

This year’s summit features the theme “Thriving Under Pressure: Oncology Nurses Shine.” This theme is in recognition of the unique contributions oncology nurses bring, as well as the uniquely tumultuous time and challenging landscape experienced by those within cancer care. Content is designed for everyone who falls within the category of oncology nurses, including nurse navigators, advanced practice clinicians, and nurses in additional specialties that care for patients with cancer.

ONA Summit Content

Summit content, which consists of 12 disease/treatment-focused presentations and 4 navigation-focused presentations, features targeted content about current and emerging oncology trends that includes knowledge gaps identified in the previous year’s summit. The agenda of topics discussed during the summit will include:

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  • Thriving under pressure: Oncology nurses shine
  • Updates in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma
  • Updates in targeted therapies for NSCLC
  • HER2-positive breast cancer and the new treatment landscape
  • B-cell lymphomas
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes/neoplasms: Diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management
  • Financial distress in patients with cancer
  • Virtual triage: Symptom management
  • Management of bladder and renal cancers
  • Advanced gastric and colorectal cancer outcomes
  • Advanced prostate cancer
  • Patient education strategies
  • Advanced gynecological cancers
  • Myelofibrosis: Therapeutic options for a complex rare disease
  • Cancer-related needs in the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Supporting patients receiving maintenance therapy for AML

Panels are interactive, allowing for a question and answer portion from faculty members at the conclusion of each presentation.

ONA Summit Partners, Steering Committee, and Faculty

The ONA Summit will be partnering with Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University to present this educational summit. Members of the ONA Summit Steering Committee come from all throughout the country and from different esteemed oncology centers and foundations, including: Heather Thompson Mackey, DNP, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, Senior Director of Cancer Prevention and Early Detection at Prevent Cancer Foundation; Anna L. Rodriguez, MSN, MHA, RN, OCN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Fox Chase Cancer Center; Jean B. Sellers, RN, MSN, Executive Director at North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association; and Tracy Wyant, DNP, AOCN, CHPN, GERO-BC, EBP-C, CPPS, Senior Director of Medical Content, Office of Cancer Research and Implementation at American Cancer Society.

Faculty members giving presentations come from a number of renowned institutions and include Joseph D. Tariman, PhD, MBA, ANP-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Innovation and EBP, School of Nursing, Rutgers University; Sandra E. Kurtin, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCN, Director, Advanced Practice and Clinical Integration, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Nursing, The University of Arizona Cancer Center; and Deborah A. Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS, FAAN, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist/Palliative Care Nurse Lead, University of California Irvine Health/Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. A complete list of ONA Summit speakers can be found here.

ONA Summit Education

Supported by a number of educational grants from companies that include AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Daiichi Sankyo, Bristol Myers Squibb, Exelixis, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., and Novocure, attendees can earn 16 continuing nursing education credit hours upon completion of the summit in addition to gaining relevant knowledge and practical skills. Oncology nurses in all roles interested in more about the summit can register here.