Planning is well underway for the 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California. The dates of ICCN 2017 are July 9-12, 2017. ICCN is the world's premiere meeting for global and key opinion leaders in cancer nursing research and practice. Based on the overwhelming success of the first research-focused ICCN in 2015, ICCN will once again focus on cancer nursing research at ICCN 2017. ISNCC is looking forward to returning to the United States for what will certainly be another very productive ICCN. Information regarding abstract submission, registration and accommodation for ICCN 2017 is available at www.isncc.org. Attendees that book their accommodations at the Sheraton Park Hotel will be automatically entered into a draw to receive a discounted room rate of $109 USD/night – a savings of $80/night!
In September at ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, the ISNCC Board of Directors underwent a strategic planning session. The intent of the session was to facilitate the development of ISNCC's Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. This new strategic plan will help further elucidate ISNCC's role in maximizing the role of nurses to reduce the global burden of cancer. The goal is to have the new strategic plan finalized and communicated to stakeholders by March 2017. Engagement and development of cancer nursing professionals will be a central focus of the new strategic plan.
ISNCC organized two sessions at the 2016 World Cancer Congress, hosted the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), in November in Paris, France. ISNCC President Stella Bialous chaired the session, "Strengthening the oncology nursing workforce in LMICs to address the growing cancer burden" which featured panelists Julia Downing (International Children's Palliative Care Network), Erik van Muilekom (European Oncology Nursing Society) and Winnie So (Asian Oncology Nursing Society). ISNCC also partnered with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation for the session titled, "Building partnerships to meet the UN SDG's health targets: the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's experience" at the congress. This session was chaired by Catharine Grimes of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and features the panelists Celina Schocken (Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon – USA), Serafina Mkuwa (MEWATA – Tanzania), Long Fei (Shanghai Xintu - China), Iveta Nohavova (Eastern Europe Centre of Excellence on Nurses and Tobacco Control - Czech Republic) and Nicoleta Mitrea (Hospice Casa Sperantei - Romania).
ISNCC will also partner with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation on a preconference workshop at the 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer, December 4-7, Vienna, Austria. The workshop is titled, "A comprehensive system of care for lung cancer patients throughout the cancer continuum" and will be moderated by Catharine Grimes of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. ISNCC's President Stella Bialous will also present. Other presenters include Katharine Sharpe (American Cancer Society), Jamie Studts (University of Kentucky College of Medicine), Lovoria Williams (August University College of Nursing), Nicoleta Mitrea (Hospice Casa Sperentai), Laurie Fention (Lung Cancer Alliance) and Jamie Ostroff (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The workshop will help develop specific recommendations concerning cancer education, advocacy and community engagement, policy, and research.
Also in Vienna will be a project close-out meeting of the Eastern European Centers of Excellence for Tobacco Control project, supported by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. This meeting will help determine knowledge dissemination strategies and implementation of the project results, as well as potential future projects.
Finally, please remember to renew your ISNCC membership for 2017 at www.isncc.org. Individual members are strongly encouraged to renew their membership with the electronic subscription to Cancer Nursing.