Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Oncology Nursing Conference

November 17, 2023

2023 Presentations
On Friday, November 17, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University will host the 26th Annual Oncology Nursing Conference – Oncology Patient Advocacy. This year’s conference will be held in person. This highly visible and successful conference attracts more than 250 oncology nurses from the Chicagoland area and throughout the Midwest to discuss the latest topics of interest in oncology nursing.

Event Details

Friday, November 17, 2023

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Check-in & Breakfast

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Agenda PDF

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Feinberg Pavilion, 3rd Floor Conference Center

251 E. Huron St., Chicago


Topics & Speakers

KEYNOTE: Understanding and Appreciating the “Value” of Patient Advocacy in Research and Clinical Trials
Wenora Johnson
Three Time Cancer Survivor, Research Advocate

Successful Implementation of Social Determination of Health Program at an Integrated Health System
Teresa Pollack, MS, CPHQ
Director, Quality Operations

Interventional Radiology Unpacked
Heather Molina, PA-C, MMS
Lead Physician Assistant, Interventional Radiology

Mindfulness: An Accessible Way to Support Yourself and Others
Laura Sage, MBA
Founder and CEO, CHILL Anywhere
Co-Founder, Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation

Demystifying Legal Advocacy to Improve Treatment Outcomes
Kathryn M. Smolinski, MSW, JD, FAOSW
Director, Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor, Wayne State University Law School

The Impacts of Self and Professional Advocacy in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology
Brynn Fowler, MPH
AYA Coordinator
Jennifer Bourneuf Carrera, LCSW
AYA Cliniacal Oncology Coordinator
Patient Participants

CAR T-Cell Therapy in Oncology: Balancing Inpatient and Outpatient Approaches for Optimal Patient Care
Shareea Graham, BSN, RN, REMS certified
CAR T-Cell Therapy Nurse Coordinator

Maintaining Sexual Health During Cancer Treatment and Survivorship
Timothy Pearman, PhD, ABPP
Director of Supportive Oncology
Beatrice Cleveland, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker and Counselor
Patient Participants


Continuing Education Information


The purpose of this conference is to enhance nurses' knowledge regarding advances in the care and treatment of individuals and populations with cancer.

Target Audience

Nurses, social workers, and other allied healthcare professionals in the field of oncology

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the health system's role in prioritizing equity.
  • Understand the different procedures available in the interventional radiology department to treat patients with cancer.
  • Introduce an approach of mindfulness to help support and manage caregiver fatigue and compassion fatigue amongst healthcare professionals.
  • Provide practical advice to nurses about social drivers of health so they can share the knowledge with patients to improve their cancer treatment journey.
  • Describe and characterize how the role of patient advocate is valuable to oncology research and clinical trials.
  • Discuss the role and impact that healthcare professionals have when advocating for adolescent and young adult patients with cancer.
  • Provide nursing oncology practitioners with practical strategies and best practices for effectively managing and supporting patients receiving CAR T-cell therapy.
  • Learn about interventions to assist oncology patients in maintaining sexual health.
  • Provide evidence-based practices that can be applied to the nurse’s role in advocating for oncology patients.

Contact Hours

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This continuing professional development conference offers 5.0 contact hours for nurses.

Additionally, this activity offers 5.0 continuing education contact hours for social workers through Northwestern Medicine.

Please email for more information about contact hours.


Registration fee includes conference tuition, continuing education contact hours, and access to digital conference materials.

Registrant Category
Northwestern Medicine Affiliate* $30
Student, Fellow, or Resident $20
Industry Representative $250

*Affiliates include Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medical Group, Lurie Children's, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Jesse Brown VA.

Conference Chair

Karen Harris, MSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Educator
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center


For more information, contact us at or 312-503-7809.