EONS-9: our anniversary year Congress
18-19 September 2014
The EONS-9 Congress took place in 2014, our thirtieth anniversary year. Oncology nurses from all over Europe headed to 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.
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.
Lifetime Achievement Award presentation
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.
EONS-9 was held in the Military Museum and Cultural Centre, Istanbul.