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Propel Your Practice With ONS Bridge Education

If you are involved in direct patient care, you don’t want to miss ONS Bridge™. This must-attend virtual event provides you with the latest information on care coordination and updates in therapy, hitting on the topics that affect you and your patients. Learn about the sessions offered during ONS's third annual virtual conference below or via download.

ONS Bridge virtual conference lobby

Tuesday, September 13

Thursday, September 15

Welcome and Keynote Address: Bringing Joy and Meaning Back to Your Work

10–11 am  | Patricia Jakel, RN, MN, AOCN®

This session will explore ethical issues that cause moral distress, compassion fatigue and, most recently, burnout, and provide practical interventions for building moral and personal resilience.

Beyond Blood Counts and Chemistries: The Clinical Significance of Those "Other" Labs 

10–11 am | Benyam Muluneh, PharmD, BCOP, CPP

Many therapies are requiring lab tests beyond the typical complete blood count and chemistry panel. This session explores the clinical significance of those "other" labs in monitoring safety and efficacy of treatment.  

Biosimilars: How Do You Explain Them to Your Patients?

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Puja Patel, PharmD, BCOP

Have patients asked you about the difference between a biosimilar and the original biologic? How do oncology nurses explain to patients that biosimilars are not generic medications? This session will cover exactly what biosimilars are and how to confidently describe them to patients. 

Helping Your Patients Find Their Voice

10–11 am | Andrew Schorr, Esther Schorr

In this session, methods will be explored on ways for patients to develop their voice through patient advocacy. Discussions will also explore barriers that could prevent the patient from speaking their voice, and ways to prevent this from this happening. 

Clinical Trials on the Frontline: The Changing Landscape of Clinical Trials Nursing

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Anne Delengowski, RN, MSN, AOCN®, CCCTM

As clinical trial enrollment expands beyond the traditional academic institutions, more bedside and chairside nurses are participating in the care of patients on trials. This session describes the evolving role of the frontline nurse in research and how they can confidently care for patients in clinical trials.  

Telehealth: Do You See Me Now? (Part 1) 

10–11 am | Sharon Steingass, RN, MSN, AOCN®

Telehealth integrates the delivery, management, and coordination of patient services. The paradigm shift has created new opportunities for oncology nurses to provide patient-centered care that is both convenient and capable of overcoming patient and caregiver barriers. The first part of this session series addresses use of telehealth for provider visits, telephone and symptom triage, and remote patient monitoring. 

Navigation and the Evolution of the Nurse Navigator Role 

11:30 am–12:30 pm | Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN®, HON-ONN-CG

The oncology nurse navigator role has had a significant impact on nursing practice. Although its purpose may vary depending on the facility and location, the navigator role can help fill many gaps in patient care and provide essential guidance for higher-risk patients. This session covers the oncology nurse navigator role and the variety of services it provides. 

Long-Term Issues/cGVHD With Transplant 

11:30 am–12:30 pm  | Stephany Rodriguez, RN, MS, NP

What kind of monitoring do patients who have received hematopoietic stem cell transplant need? How do we manage the medications they are receiving? Join us to learn about what non-transplant nurses need to know when caring for patients who have undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplants. 

Application of Tumor Variants in Clinical Practice

12:45–1:45 pm  | Kristin Daly, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®

Join us to learn about tumor variants, their clinical significance, and how they can drive treatment decisions.  

Oncologic Emergencies and Immune-Related Adverse Events (irAEs): What's the Difference? 

11:30 am–12:30 pm  | Megan Hoffman, MSN, CNS, CMSRN, AOCNS®, AGCNS-BC, EBP(CH)

How do oncology nurses differentiate between oncologic emergencies and adverse reactions to an immunotherapy medication? This session helps nurses recognize the signs and symptoms of oncologic emergencies versus immune-related adverse events to immunotherapy medications. 

Managing Oral Cancer Therapies: What Are Your Tools?  

12:45–1:45 pm | Mary Anderson, BSN, RN, OCN®
Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW_C, FAOSW
Nora Hansen, CPhT

Join our panel, including an oral oncology nurse navigator, social worker, and specialty pharmacy technician, to discuss the new ONS oral anticancer medication guidelines and toolkit as well as other important factors that go into assessing for your patient’s unique needs surrounding oral anticancer medications and what resources are available to successfully manage toxicities and address patient concerns/needs. 

Staying Current During Constant Change

11:30 am–12:30 pm  | Danya Garner, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, OCN®, CCRN-K

Learn how to stay current in the ever-changing clinical landscape of oncology, whether you are looking for "just-in-time" education or expert level details. 

Radiation Safety: How Much Is Too Much? 

12:45–1:45 pm | Larisa Toderas, MBA, CNMT, RS, PET, ARRT (CT) 

Learn the basics of radiation safety and how to care for patients receiving radiation treatment by infusion or implants.

AYA: Difficult but Necessary Topics 

12:45–1:45 pm | Marloe Esch, RN, BSN, OCN® 

How do you juggle life and cancer as a young person? Join us to learn more about the unique psychosocial experiences of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer survivors, and to identify the role of oncology nurses in addressing the varied psychosocial needs of this population. 

ABCs of Biosimilars: Authorization, Billing and Coding 

3:45–4:45 pm | Patti Frey, RN, MSN, OCN®

Do nurses need to have an updated consent when patients switch from the original biologic drug to a biosimilar? Why do healthcare organizations and insurance companies want patients to use biosimilars? This session will equip oncology nurses to be able to answer these questions and help the patients understand the answers. 

Finding Your Voice: How Nurses Can Create a Healthy Work Culture to Enhance a Thriving Work Environment 

12:45–1:45 pm | Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, CEN, NEA-BC, FAWM, FAAN

Now, more than ever, nurses must develop a healthy work culture in all practice settings. Attend this panel discussion to learn about the reasons for burnout, recommended communication techniques for difficult conversations, and tips for building a healthy work culture. 

Cannabinoids for Patients With Cancer

3:45–4:45 pm | Karen Hande, PhD(c), DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, ANEF

We've all had patients ask us about CBD and cannabinoid much do you know about its uses and the possible risks? Join us to learn more about the current evidence about the use of CBD and the possible risks, particularly in vulnerable populations. 

Telehealth: We Heard, We Saw, But Did We Conquer? (Part 2) 

12:45–1:45 pm | Kathryn Koehne, DNP, RN-BC, TNP-C

Telehealth integrates the delivery, management, and coordination of patient services through new technologies. The paradigm shift has created new opportunities for oncology nurses to provide patient-centered care that is both convenient and capable of overcoming patient and caregiver barriers. The second part in this session series focuses on scope of practice, legal and ethical considerations, documentation requirements, decision support tools, and billing. 

Cellular Immunotherapy Updates: Enhancing Nursing Practice 

3:45–4:45 pm | Donna Catamero, MSN, ANP-BC, OCN®, CCRC

The field of cellular immunotherapy, especially CAR T-cell therapy, is emerging in oncology. As with any active oncologic area, advancements are constantly revealed, such as newly approved treatments for multiple myeloma and melanoma. This session will review the most recent updates that affect oncology practice for cellular immunotherapy and CAR T-cell treatments and assist health care providers in staying current with their practice.

Climate Change and Its Impact on Health 

3:45–4:45 pm | Milagros Elia, MA, APRN, ANP-BC

We've long been discussing the impact of our actions on the climate and how it affects all of us. As a social determinant of health, a patient’s environmental climate influences their cancer risk, access to care, treatment adherence, cancer outcomes, and more. Join us to learn more about how climate change affects health and how you can advocate for this important topic.