Authors: Dr. Ilana Kadmon and Yael Ben–Gal RN, MSN
Affiliation: Hadassah and the Hebrew University School of Nursing Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel and Schneider Children Hospital, Israel
As a Board memeber of the Israeli Nursing Oncology Society,whom this year join ISNCC I wanted to share with you the celebrations of its 30 years establishment.
During July the Israeli Oncology Nursing society celebrated 30 years! In the traditional annual conference which is held every summer, this was a special conference for all the members of our society, marking the 30 years of our society establishment. This conference was a very meaningful event, which was different from any of the other annual conferences, which were based on presentations of selected papers. This time the program was indeed other than these traditional meetings. At the beginning we had the usual opening of our Chair, Livia Kislev and from the Head of the Israeli Cancer Association, Mrs. Miri Ziv. We also showed a video clips from the Chair of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Chair of EONS – Prof. Danny Kelly. Then two other greeting messages were read from our partner organizations – International Society of Nursing in Cancer Care and the Asian Oncology Nursing Society.
The scientific part of the conference Started with a clinical panel entitled “On nursing, society ethics and medicine”. Three case studies were presented by professional acters. After each case, there was a panel of expert, which included a nurse, a psycho-oncologist and two medical doctors.
After the discussion, there was a lecture given in the TED format on the issue of mass communication. This meant an expert giving a frontal lecture with no slides or any written material and only presenting it orally. This lecturer was awarded to give such a frontal talk about inventions he was involved with, by the TED organization worldwide. He discussed all what this meant for him and how he achieved this unbelievable goal, which he also wrote a book about. This lecture was then followed by expert nurses from our organization who gave such a TED talk on their own expertise. The first lecture focused on the treatment of colleagues with cancer, the second on the role of positive emotions in children with cancer, the third on immunotherapy and the last lecture on the influence of “oncology nurse” within ourselves on other aspects of our lives.
After that, there was another panel of experts called: “What the future holds?” The panel focused on health trends in the world and in Israel, New trends in oncology and finally trends in palliative care. The panel included four lectures followed by a multidisciplinary discussion.
During the congress there was another panel: “Nostalgia and humor in Oncology Nursing” of “senior” oncology nurses, who discussed their previous experience with cancer nursing.
There was also a short dance by nurses from the society and also a short song nurses. The end was the traditional price winning of 4 nurses who contributed to the organization.
This conference well marked the 30 years of the establishment of our society and we thank all the other societies with whom we are closely linked with, such as ISNCC, and of course all the presenters!!!