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Lurie Cancer Center Professional Events

20th Annual Oncology Nursing Conference

On Friday, Nov. 17, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University will host the 20th Annual Oncology Nursing Conference: The Future of Oncology Nursing. This highly visible and successful conference attracts over 250 oncology nurses throughout the Midwest to discuss topics of interest in oncology nursing.

Register now for Friday, Nov. 17

Event Details

Friday, Nov. 17

Registration: 8 a.m.
Program: 8:55 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Onsite registration will be available, but advance registration is recommended. Please note that space is limited.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Feinberg Pavilion
251 E. Huron Ave., Chicago
3rd Floor, Mecklenburg Conference Room A
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8 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:55 AM


Kristin Ramsey, MSN, MPPM, RN, NE-BC

9 AM

Opening Remarks

Karen HarrisKaren Harris, MSN, RN

9:05 AM

The Future of Pain Management

Judith Paice, PhD, RN
ILNA Category: Symptom Management
9:50 AM

Precision Guided Therapy

Carmen Williams, MS
ILNA Category: Scientific Basis/Diagnosis and Staging
10:35 AM

Break & Exhibits

10:45 AM

Survivorship Care Planning

Sheetal Kircher, MD
Stephanie Bradley, MSN, FNP-BC
ILNA Category: Survivorship
11:30 AM

Leading with a Purpose: How Beating the Odds Through Progressive Thinking Paved the Way for My Future

Maggie SmithMaggie A. Smith DNP, MSN/Ed, RN, OCN®
Oncology Nursing Society

ILNA Category: Professional

12:30 PM

Lunch & Exhibitors

1:30 PM

Option 1: Nurse Management of Derm Toxicity Symptoms

Jennifer Choi, MD
ILNA Category: Symptom Management

Option 2: The Evolution of Robotic Surgery in Oncology

Anthony Yang, MD
ILNA Category: Treatment

Option 3: Updates in Oncofertility

Kristin Smith
ILNA Category: Psychosocial and Disease Related Biology

2:20 PM

Option 1: Nurse Management of Derm Toxicity Symptoms

Jennifer Choi, MD
ILNA Category: Symptom Management

Option 2: The Evolution of Robotic Surgery in Oncology

Anthony Yang, MD
ILNA Category: Treatment

Option 3: Diet Myths in Cancer

Mary Reher, MS, RDN, LD
ILNA Category: Symptom Management and Survivorship

3:05 PM

Break & Exhibits

3:15 PM

Cultural Considerations in Care

Moderator: Barbara Montgomery
Panelists: Mariam Eldeib, MSW, LCSW, Douglas F. Penate, MD, and Santine Tu, BSN, RN, CMSRN
4:15 PM


Agenda subject to change.

For more information about Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) Categories, please visit Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation ILNA Resource webpage.

Continuing Education Information


The purpose of this conference is to enhance nurses' knowledge regarding advances in the care and treatment of individuals and populations with cancer.

Target Audience

It is designed for nurses, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, clinical research nurses and social workers with a focus on hematology and oncology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the evolving role of leadership in the context of oncology nursing.
  • Inspire oncology nurses to incorporate knowledge gained into their daily practice.
  • Recognize the nurses' role in providing care and support for patients with cancer through the trajectory of their illness.

Contact Hours

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

The 20th Annual Oncology Nursing Conference: The Future of Oncology Nursing (ONA #21130) will provide 5.75 contact hours.

Please contact Erin Donoghue, manager of Professional Education, at 312-695-1391 or for more information.


Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, break refreshments, conference materials and contact hours.

Student, Fellow, or Resident $20
Nurse or Social Worker  
  Northwestern Affiliate $25
  Non-Northwestern Affiliate $50
  Northwestern Affiliate $25
  Non-Northwestern Affiliate $60
Industry Representative $250


Conference Chair & Planning Committee

Conference Chair

Karen Harris

Karen Harris, MSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Educator
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Planning Committee

  • Gina Barasa, RN, MSN
  • Stephanie Bradley, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Lynn Galuska Elsen, RN
  • Adrienne Goodman, RN
  • Linda Ingram, RN, MSN
  • Kay Pearson, RN, BSN
  • Diane Muench, RN, OCN, MBA
  • Margaret Pierce, RN, BSN, OCN

Planning Committee (continued)

  • Debbie Rimmele, RN, OCN
  • Carolyn Radville, RN, OCN
  • Meg Schwartz, MSN, APN, CNRN
  • Tory Andrews, RN
  • Alexis Volpentesta, RN
  • Kim Weatherup, RN, BSN, OCN


Daily discounted parking is available at the 321 E. Erie Self-Park Garage (Parking C) at the corner of Erie Street and Fairbanks Court. The early-bird flat rate is $17 if you arrive between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. and depart by 7:30 p.m. (minimum of four hours). Discounted parking is not available at any other garage. No validation of tickets is needed from the conference staff or the hospital.


Please direct questions to Erin Donghue at or 312-695-1391.

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