EONS-9: our anniversary year Congress

EONS-9 Congress
18-19 September 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

The EONS-9 Congress took place in 2014, our thirtieth anniversary year. Oncology nurses from all over Europe headed to the Military Museum and Cultural Centre, Istanbul to Celebrate Excellence in Cancer Nursing over two days of learning, discussion and networking. EONS-9 was run in conjunction with the annual congress of TONA, the Turkish Oncology Nursing Society.

2014 was the first year in which the EONS Congress had an exclusive focus on education. This meant a wide choice of workshops and opportunities to learn about the latest research in the field - as well as the usual opportunities to network with colleagues from other countries.

The journal ecancer published a report on the highlights of EONS-9, written by D Lichosik and R Caruso.
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Lifetime Achievement Award presentation

Paz Fernandez Ortega at EONS-0
The EONS General Meeting, 30th Anniversary Celebration and Award Presentation took place in the morning of Friday 18 September. Paz Fernandez Ortega, former EONS Board member, received the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award 2014. This award is made by the Executive Board and marks an outstanding personal and professional contribution made by an individual to the field of oncology nursing. The award was presented to Paz by EONS President Erik van Muilekom, who praised her dedication to oncology nursing practice.

New Oncology Nursing Research session

EONS-9 included a session entitled New Oncology Nursing Research, which was an opportunity for two nurse researchers to present their work for the first time. Both researchers were recipients of the EONS Novice Research Dissemination Award, which was initiated by the EONS Research Working Group to encourage cancer nurses who have previously not presented at an international conference, to disseminate their research.

Joyce Roijen of the Netherlands presented her work on fertility counselling in young women with breast cancer before adjuvant chemotherapy.

Elif Sözery of Turkey presented the results from her study on resilience and burnout among oncology nurses.

Organising Committee

Members of the organising committee for EONS-9 were:

  • Erik van Muilekom, The Netherlands (EONS Board)
  • Paul Trevatt, UK (EONS Board)
  • Birgitte Grube, Denmark (EONS Board)
  • Paul Trevatt, UK (EONS Board)
  • Paz Fernandez-Ortega, Spain (National Society Board Member)
  • Cristina Lacerda, Portugal (National Society Board Member)
  • Sultan Kav, Turkey (Turkish organising committee)
  • Sevinc Kutluturkan, Turkey (Turkish organising committee)
  • Sevcan Atay, Turkey (Turkish organising committee)

Poster Presentations

The poster competition at EONS-9 attracted some very strong entries. EONS President-Elect Daniel Kelly, judging the posters, commented: “The overall quality of submissions was high and the posters demonstrated the rich variety of research that cancer nurses engage in. The three winners all address different aspects of oncology nursing that are important and deserve more attention.”

All posters were displayed during the EONS-9 Congress in Istanbul in September 2014.

Winners

Thumbnail image of first posterThe effect of picture drawing and writing on the anxiety levels of children with cancer
C. Sarı, N. Altay and E. Kilicarslan Toruner,
Gazi University Faculty of Health Sciences, Paediatric Nursing, Ankara, Turkey
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Çiğdem Sarı comments:

“Communication with children is one of the most important issues in paediatric nursing. The non-verbal communication messages of children are particularly important. Evaluation of these messages provides us with better understanding.

We wanted to understand the feelings and thoughts of children with cancer who were in hospital. Our goal was to contribute to more efficient nursing care for them. Drawing is the easiest method for children to express feelings and thoughts. Therefore we used drawing and shared storytelling techniques in their own language in our study.

The fact that this study was awarded the Best Poster Award at EONS-9 Congress will help to enable and extend the use of this method by other paediatric nurses.”

Thumbnail image of second posterPower of nursing: What makes nursing unique?
H. Komatsu and K. Yagasaki,
Keio University, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, Tokyo, Japan
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Hiroko Komatsu comments:

“On account of nurses’ professional identity coming under threat in the context of a rapidly changing multidisciplinary environment, we were under pressure to explicitly address the uniqueness and significance of nursing. Our study stemmed from this critical situation. The findings of the study elucidate that nurses are truly committed to providing the best possible care from a patient-centred approach. This conceptual model describes the power of nursing in which nurses realise patients’ potential through a trusting relationship.

I shall treasure this award throughout my career, as will all of the oncology nurses in Japan. This recognition encourages us to be confident and proud of our profession, which involves supporting cancer patients to move forward, as the power of nursing is shared across borders.”

Thumbnail image of third posterImplementation of geriatric assessment in older cancer patients: a survey on treating physicians’ general experiences and expectations
C. Kenis, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium,
with P. Heeren, L. Decoster, R. Moor, T. Pepersack, G. Jerusalem, J.P. Lobelle, J. Flamaing, K. Milisen and H. Wildier
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Cindy Kenis comments:

“Since early 2000, the systematic implementation of geriatric screening and assessment is recommended in all older patients with cancer, starting from the age of 70, when a treatment decision has to be made. The presented poster gave an overview of the expectations and experiences of treating physicians according to this implementation in daily practice. Within the team making this implementation possible, the nurse is often the core member.

Winning the Best Poster Award is for me a highly appreciated acknowledgement of the importance of geriatric oncology. EONS-9 was my first EONS Congress and it will always stay in my mind as a great experience and an excellent opportunity to present our work to colleagues from all over the world.”

Photo gallery

Professor Nurgun Platin delivers the keynote address to open EONS-9.
Professor Nurgun Platin delivers the keynote address to open EONS-9.

 

Erik van Muilekom, EONS President (right) and Paul Trevatt, EONS Board member.
Erik van Muilekom, EONS President (right) and Paul Trevatt, EONS Board member.

 

EONS Past-President Sultan Kav & TONA Past-President Sevcan Atay judge the EONS-9 posters.
EONS Past-President Sultan Kav & TONA Past-President Sevcan Atay judge the EONS-9 posters.

 

The congress speakers had a full and engaged audience for their talks.
The congress speakers had a full and engaged audience for their talks.

 

Rudi at the EONS booth was on hand to answer questions and provide helpful information.
Rudi at the EONS booth was on hand to answer questions and provide helpful information.

 

The morning coffee sessions proved an extremely popular chance to network and catch up with colleagues.
The morning coffee sessions proved an extremely popular chance to network and catch up with colleagues.

 

EONS Treasurer Cristina Lacerda updates members on the financial position at the General Meeting.
EONS Treasurer Cristina Lacerda updates members on the financial position at the General Meeting.

 

Erik van Muilekom, EONS President 2013-2015.
Erik van Muilekom, EONS President 2013-2015.

 

Traditional Turkish dancers gave congress-goers a warm welcome to Istanbul.
Traditional Turkish dancers gave congress-goers a warm welcome to Istanbul.

 

Paz Fernandez Ortega, winner of the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 (left) with Birgitte Grube, EONS Past-President.
Paz Fernandez Ortega, winner of the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 (left) with Birgitte Grube, EONS Past-President.


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