I want to begin by telling all of you how honored and proud I am to have been asked to serve as the Program Director for the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN). I am a strong advocate of navigation and survivorship and know that we can provide the educational content, networking, and career development you need and deserve as we move AONN forward. In the coming months and years, we will continue to focus on your needs and those of the patients you diligently navigate across the continuum of care.
What a treat for me, immediately following the announcement of my new role for the organization, to then hold our 3rd annual AONN conference! More than 400 attendees came together in Phoenix for the purpose of empowering themselves with even more knowledge—knowledge communicated by an amazing lineup of expert speakers from around the country. The feedback I personally received was incredible, with comments such as “this is the best conference I have ever attended” and “how did you manage to recruit such top-notch speakers providing content that is all new and so valuable for us to learn?” And this is only the beginning! We are already working on the agenda for our 4th annual conference, which will take place in mid November 2013 in Memphis. The content will be very much driven by the survey feedback we received (and who knows—Elvis might be in the building!).
But AONN is not just about holding a stellar annual conference. We are committed to providing educational forums throughout the year, in this journal and in blogs online, which will be renamed “expert commentary” to more accurately reflect the content and its value for all of us. In addition, webinars will be created for you throughout the year on topics that are critically important for you to be aware of and learn about—and that can directly aid you in the wonderful work you do.
AONN and the leadership and staff that make everything happen on your behalf want to ensure that we are providing you value with your membership. So, anticipate receiving in the coming months notifications about new Web site interactive features, the creation of virtual interest groups on specialty areas (like specific organ-site cancers, such as breast cancer), phases of navigation and survivorship (ie, surgical management, community outreach, survivorship care plans), and about the extensive work on our end to create a robust resource database that will provide access to special resources for patients being navigated and supported by an AONN member.
Enjoy reading the synopsis of our most recent conference, in case you missed it, and mark your calendars for our meeting in Memphis in 2013!
With kind regards,
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS