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The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) – Cancer Nursing July/August Blog Update
In July, the 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing was held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California. The theme was “Merging Research and Practice Across the Globe” and the Conference Management Committee assembled a very high quality program. There were many outstanding presentations, such as the keynote address, “What Can Qualitative Research Offer in a World Where Evidence Drives Decision?” from Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS from the University of British Columbia. It was an intimate meeting – perfect for networking and discussions about different ways to maximize the role of nurses in cancer care.  A post-conference evaluation report of ICCN 2017 will be available at http://www.isncc.org/page/ICCN2017.

ICCN is also used as an opportunity to advance its projects aimed at increasing cancer nursing professionals around the world, particularly in low and middle income countries. As part of the “Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities”, funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Annie Young of the ISNCC Board of Directors and Chair of the Corporate & Philanthropic Development facilitated a focus group at ICCN 2017. This Focus Group included 10 nurses from around the world and was extremely informative in the continued development of this initiative.

The working group of the Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening in Latin America, funded by the American Cancer Society (and previously funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and the Union for International Cancer Control) held an in-person meeting at ICCN 2017. This very productive group of nurses laid out the plans for further Cervical and Breast Cancer screening workshops in Latin America and the development of more educational resources for nurses in the region.

The ISNCC Board of Directors also held an in-person meeting over two days just prior to ICCN 2017. A focus of the meeting was to further refine the ISNCC 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. The development and engagement of nurse leaders will be the central strategy and will be integrated throughout three other strategic directions: Influence Global Health Policy, Advance & Apply Knowledge and Transform Member Relations.

ISNCC is pleased to announce that ICCN 2018 will be held September 23-26 in Auckland, New Zealand. More information on ICCN 2018, such as abstract submission and registration, will be available in the coming months.

As always, ISNCC encourages submissions to its blog International Cancer Nursing News. The blog is a great platform to share experience and insights of cancer nursing professionals from all over the world. Finally, please make sure you are signed up for the ISNCC newsflash in order to ensure you are up to date on all the latest news from ISNCC.

Hopefully we saw you in Anaheim for ICCN 2017 and will see you next year in Auckland for ICCN 2018!