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In this, the final part in a 3-part series, we highlight presentations from the closing day of the conference and take a quick look at some of the industry sponsored educational features.
In this, the second in a 3-part series, we offer another glimpse of some of the outstanding presentations and panels from the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) 2021 Midyear Conference that was held online May 13-16.
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) 2021 Midyear Conference was filled with opportunities to gain new knowledge, make new connections, and reinvigorate a sense of mission. Let’s take a closer look at some of the highlights.
The final day of the conference kept pace with the previous ones, examining a variety of topics most relevant to navigators. Representatives from the American Cancer Society’s Building Expertise, Advocacy, and Capacity for Oncology Navigation (BEACON) program shed light on their goal of bringing navigation to disadvantaged countries, and other sessions focused on resolving conflicts with colleagues, the importance of rehabilitation care for patients with cancer, and the dangers of vaping, among others. Bringing an end to yet another successful conference, the AONN+ Leadership Live session provided perspectives from leaders in the field before a fond farewell from AONN+ Program Director Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, CBCN, CBEC, HON-ONN-CG.
Chock full of informative sessions, product theaters, and time to peruse the exhibit hall, Saturday also gave attendees the opportunity to choose from among 4 breakout sessions. One recognized winning poster presenters for their valuable work, while others explored the role of navigators in clinical trial accrual, especially among underrepresented populations; navigating cancer of unknown primary origin; and the complex world of value-based care and alternative payment models. Truly offering something for everyone in attendance, Saturday’s events imparted an abundance of knowledge to navigators.
Despite the inability to meet in person, navigators from throughout the country and beyond once again gathered for 5 days of valuable education and insights offered through the AONN+ Virtual Annual Conference. Rising to meet the changing role of navigators, along with new patient concerns in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions provided a wealth of offerings.

This is part 3 of our 3-part conference recap and session highlights. Sunday, the final day of the conference, offered more opportunities for education, social connection, and career enhancement. Other highlights included on-demand access to breakout sessions, which allowed attendees to follow their interests independently. Ample time to visit the virtual Exhibit Hall offered another chance to gather information and make connections.

The Inaugural Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Virtual Conference was a rousing success, gathering oncology navigators from around the globe!
If you were one of the 400+ attendees at our first-ever virtual conference, you were part of history in the making! Navigators from around the world tuned in, made new connections, and reconnected with AONN+ leadership and peers. In this first part of the 2-part conference recap, we present some of the weekend’s highlights. If you were not able to attend the conference, here’s a sample of what attendees experienced.
AONN+ members near and far had an opportunity to engage with leadership and ask questions during our Facebook Live Town Hall on Sunday morning.
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