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Your Guide to the Upcoming AONN+ Conference

October 21, 2020 | AONN+ Blog | 2020 Annual Conference

By now, most of us have probably attended more than one “virtual” conference (like our own midyear meeting), so there shouldn’t be too many surprises or difficulties for those participating in the Virtual 11th Annual Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Navigation & Survivorship Conference, November 4-8. But our October Facebook Live session, State of the 11th Annual AONN+ National Conference, featuring AONN+ Program Director Sharon Gentry as moderator along with Rachael Baranoski, Penny Daugherty, and Peg Rummel, offers all the inside info you need to make the most of this event.

A few things you need to know:

Watch your e-mail. All registrants will receive a message from Digitell on October 28 to set up your login for the conference. Once you’re signed in, on the “my virtual events” tab, just click “Attend Annual” to be taken to a welcome screen with an overview of the conference, main schedule highlights, and FAQs.

Chat live! Make the most of the sessions you participate in by using the live chat feature, which allows you to talk to fellow attendees about everything you’re learning like you could if you were face to face. Just use the “connected” tab directly above the speaker window to start a side chat with a colleague.

Top topics. Many topics at this year’s meeting are directly related to suggestions from members. Look for workshops and sessions on genetics and genomics and financial navigation, professional development and strengthening skills as navigators, telehealth and its impact on oncology navigation, metrics implementation, fertility and cryopreservation, and much more.

Leadership Live carries on! In our past face-to-face meetings, the Leadership Live session takes place in a big ballroom with all of our AONN+ leadership present to answer your questions. Well, we can’t do that this year, but we still have a virtual ballroom! Please come to Leadership Live armed with questions, and our leaders will answer them in real time.

Don’t worry about missing something. This is a jam-packed agenda with tons of great content, and you’ll almost certainly be torn between 2 or more sessions you’re dying to attend at the same time. Not to worry! We will post an archived “virtual conference” later that gives you access to all the content you may not have been able to see live.

Sharon also offered an update on certification exams. In July 2020, AONN+ achieved national accreditation to offer certification exams for oncology patient navigators as well as oncology nurse navigators. These exams cannot be administered online, at least not yet. Based on a national survey, we selected the top 5 response areas to hold in-person certification testing. The exams will be held right after the conference, on Saturday, November 14, in Iselin, NJ; Austin, TX; Miami, FL; Indianapolis, IN; and Winston-Salem, NC. You must register by October 24!

“This is all about helping you grow professionally as navigators,” Sharon said. “We want to promote you!”

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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.
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