Opportunity, Sharing and Collaboration – ICCN 2017

November 23rd, 2017 in ICNN Articles

The International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN 2017)  was held in Anaheim, CA, USA with the theme ‘Merging Research and Practice across the Globe’. In total, five nursing staff from Zhejiang Cancer Hospital of China attended the conference, including Wan-ying Wu, Zi-fang Jiang, Yi Tu, Guan-mian Liang, and Xia Shen. Four delivered oral presentations, one was poster presenter. This multidisciplinary team was comprised of nursing managers, medical professionals, administrating experts who actively participated in the whole process. What was shared regarding cancer clinical practice, administration experience, as well as research findings were highly appraised and was a great deal of interest to each of them. The following is a short interview of their experience at ICCN 2017.

Interviewer: Hi guys, what do you think of this conference?

Wu: I was really excited about this meeting. It remains one of the most important opportunities for cancer nurses across the globe to share our experiences and network. This is an amazing program which highlights how cancer nurses’ advance and continue to interpret evidence into practice.

Jiang: This was actually the second time I have attended ICCN. The highlight was meeting acquaintances and making new friends and colleagues to collaborate with. My topic was “The qualitative research of sexual status in breast cancer patients”.

Liang: My presentation was focused on “how to motivate nurses on continuing nursing education”. I attended seven presentations including professional issues, methods /measurements/tool development and quality & safety. They were all very interesting and I feel I really benefited a lot by attending ICCN 2017.

Tu: This was a fabulous chance that I could exchange ideas on cancer nursing with other representatives who were engaged in the same research areas.

Shen: I was so honored and excited when I received the invitation from the Conference Organizing Committee as an oral presenter. I could share what we’ve done for our patients with cancer nursing experts from all over the world. I suppose it will be one of the most unforgettable memories for me. By having access to the cutting-edge advances in cancer care, I was able to broaden my horizon and seek cooperation opportunities with other delegates in the future.

Photo: Five delegates from Zhejiang Cancer Hospital of China

Author: Xia Shen

Head Nurse, Abdominal Surgery Department of Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, China

Deep Appreciation from ICCN 2017 Scholarship Winner Abosede Catherine Ojerinde

September 28th, 2017 in ICNN Articles

I am so delighted and grateful to the ISNCC for nominating me for the 2017 Conference Scholarship Award to attend ICCN 2017 in Anaheim, California. The conference was really an unforgettable event for me, being the first time I will attend a gathering of nurses from all over the globe to share experiences and learn from young nurses and from leaders in cancer nursing. I had the great privilege to meet internationally recognized oncology academics and scholars that are not easily accessible in my country. I also want to express my deep appreciation to my mentor and my supervisor, Professor Sally Thorne who gave me the inspiration to apply for the scholarship award. I also acknowledge the support and encouragement given to me by Fuchsia Howard, an Assistant Professor, and my cosupervisor.

The first session I attended was the preconference workshop two about peer review for the academic journal where I what constitutes a quality peer review. This experience helped me to evaluate a couple of studies posted at the exhibition. I was inspired by the different, innovative ideas, new interventions, theories, and interesting research topics presented during the concurrent sessions. The experience has broadened my horizons and has equipped me with an advanced information about oncology nursing. I was challenged to reflect on the role of oncology nursing in knowledge translation and their activities to ensure that nurses deliver patient care by using the best available evidence across the globe.

The plenary sessions and the concurrent session were all informative and educative. I have learned about different research interventions and findings. I learned about new evidence which may improve the nursing care of cancer patients and how research findings in nursing have advanced in nursing care of cancer patients. I gained experience in developing research topics and how to conduct studies that will be beneficial to cancer patients and my institution. It was amazing how nurses have advanced in knowledge translation across the globe. The postal exhibition was also interesting. Furthermore, the conference has provided me with the opportunities to learn, share, and connect with graduate nurses who specialize, my interaction with them has inspired my confidence in conducting nursing research.

Finally, the conference has inspired me to take up the challenge of establishing a cancer nursing association in Nigeria to improve the nursing care of cancer patients and their families. Although an oncology nursing training is yet to be established in my country. The “meet your mentor” session provided me with an adequate information regarding the establishment of oncology nursing association. I intend to share my experience at the ICCN 2017 with the director of my institution, my colleagues and other nurses caring for oncology patients. Once again, I am grateful to ISNCC.

Photo: Abosede Catherine Ojerinde is in the centre, between fellow scholarship recipients, Elaine Barros Ferreira and Angela Knox.


A reflection on what I learned at ICCN 2017 – by ICCN 2017 Scholarship Winner Elaine Barros Ferreira

September 14th, 2017 in ICNN Articles

Attending the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2017 was a great opportunity for me. I thank the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care for giving the scholarship to me which enabled me to attend the ICCN 2017 in Anaheim, California from the 9th-12th of July 2017. To be part of this conference allowed me to meet experienced nurses from different parts of the world and get to know about the oncology nursing role in different settings.

During the congress I presented the work “Assessing the effectiveness of urea cream as a prophylactic agent for radiation dermatitis” in the oral modality. The presentation room had other speakers with works in the same theme. This moment allowed to share our studies, to know the interventions evaluated in other centers of studies and to discuss about the practices adopted for the care of the radiation dermatitis. The presentations were chaired by the Nurse Pauline Rose, of Australia, who led the way enriching the discussion.

The existing demands in the field of oncology nursing require an international collaboration among oncologist nurses, aiming to disseminate best practices and evidences between different countries and scenarios of professional performance. Developing or underdeveloped countries need this exchange of knowledge and support from other countries so that care for patients is equally effective. In addition, the development of research should be viewed globally, increasing the scope of the practices evaluated. In this way, knowing the different researches that have been developed and exchanging experiences with researchers who studies subjects similar to mine increasing the networks of studies, the partnerships and the knowledge acquired. It will be very important for me and my institution to know more about the research and ideas being developed and presented by oncologist nurses around the world.

I was privileged to be part of the conference. During the conference I had the honor of personally meeting an important co-author, Dr. Raymond Chan, of an article that had been published in partnership with the study group of which I am a member. I look forward to work together with oncology nursing experts from across the world. I’m sure the experiences at the conference will influence my future research. I look forward to continuing to share experiences and having the opportunity to learn more and more with experienced oncologist nurses. The advancement of oncological nursing depends on these collaborative working relationships, in which professionals can train themselves by enabling the development of quality care for all patients, based on the best available scientific evidence.

Lastly, I am very grateful to be a participant at this very important conference. I thank my supervisor, Dra. Paula Elaine Diniz dos Reis, a Professor of Nursing at the University of Brasília, Federal District, Brazil, who encouraged me to join the conference. For sure, the experience was incredible and very enriching.

Elaine Barros Ferreira

University of Brasília


Photo: Elaine Barros Ferreira (in the striped dress), is pictured speaking with a colleague at the President’s Social at ICCN 2017.

Book donation initiative of ICCN 2017: Converging love and sharing development

July 20th, 2017 in ICNN Articles

The ICCN (International Conference on Cancer Nursing) was successfully held at Anaheim of California on July 9-12. From more than 30 countries and regions, cancer nurses, scholars and experts gathered together to share evidence-based practice, up-to-date progress and innovative research findings. Based on the status of unbalanced global cancer nursing education resources distribution and insufficient cancer textbooks in low and middle-income countries, the Communications Committee of ISNCC launched the book donation initiative.

The book donation began immediately after the opening ceremony. The wide range of textbooks covered cancer nursing theories, clinical technologies and practices and research methods. The English books, for instance, Living with Cancer, Cancer and Palliation Care Nursing, Primer of Palliative Care, Putting Evidence into Practice, Advancing Oncology Nursing Science, Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care, Clinical Guideline to Antineoplastic Therapy, etc. were donated to low and middle-income countries. Chinese textbooks including cancer palliative care, cancer care research, and vascular access management, etc., were endowed to cancer nurses from poverty areas in western areas of China including Xinjiang, Guizhou, Guangxi and Yunnan.

This book donation initiative was highly appreciated by President Stella Bialous and supported by all the ISNCC Board of Directors. It has received considerable attention from the cancer nurses globally. Through this donation activity, the love among cancer nurses was prevalent, as cancer nursing education resources were shared widely. The access to obtain cancer nursing professional textbooks for low and middle-income countries was broadened to promote cancer care development in underdeveloped regions.

Author: Yongyi Chen, ISNCC Communications Committee Chair

Photo 1: Stella Bialous (President of ISNCC) and Yongyi Chen (Communications Chair of ISNCC)

Photo 2: Chinese nurses participated actively in the book donation activity


Highlights from the 14th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), February 2017

May 25th, 2017 in ICNN Articles

In mid-February, I attended and presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) in Orlando, FL.  Attendees were an interprofessional group of 400+ physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other providers interested in the psychosocial care of patients with cancer – from 44 states and 33 countries.

The theme of the conference was, “Across the Lifespan:  Achieving Equity in Psychosocial Oncology from Pediatrics to Geriatrics,” and the conference was organized into pediatric/adolescent and young adult (AYA), adult, and geriatric sessions and tracks.

Some highlights of what I heard discussed at the conference:

  • In the opening plenary session, Dr. Steve Cole explained “how the brain talks to cancer” through neural regulation, discussing how psychosocial interventions with patients might change the molecular genetics of tumor cells.
  • The term ‘metavivorship’ was used when describing the unique life experiences of young women with metastatic breast cancer.
  • Providers need to be aware of how care delivery changes when a patient turns 18 years old (legal age) during cancer treatment.
  • Some geriatric patients with cancer demonstrate physical resilience and may also psychologically cope better than younger patients.
  • The Pediatric Psychosocial Standards of Care, published in Dec 2015, are in the process of being endorsed by multiple professional groups and are beginning to be implemented in pediatric care settings across the country.
  • In one pilot study, the Internet was used to recruit young adults with advanced cancer for participation in a study that delivered a gratitude intervention.
  • The treatment of severe anxiety, depression, and delirium in children with complex medical disorders is limited because of the adverse effects of many psycho-pharmacologic agents.
  • In the closing plenary session, Dr. Steve Bonanno shared evidence from multiple studies using latent growth mixture modeling analyses that roughly two thirds of us show a resilient response after a diversity of aversive circumstances, such as trauma, divorce, a heart attack, stroke, or a cancer diagnosis.

Jeanne M. Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Photo (from left to right):

Lauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON

Jeanne Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN

Nancy Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN

Kristin Stegenga, PhD, RN, CPON

ICCN 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. Save the date!