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Lurie Cancer Center Professional Events

24th Annual Oncology Nursing Conference

On Friday, November 19, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University will host the 24th Annual Oncology Nursing Conference – Blueprints for Change: Adapting and Moving Forward. This year’s conference will be held virtually. This highly visible and successful conference attracts more than 250 oncology nurses from throughout the Midwest and across the nation to discuss the latest topics of interest in oncology nursing.

Register for November 19

Virtual Event Details

Virtual Conference Features

The virtual conference will provide:

  • Live web presentations with audience Q&A
  • Virtual exhibit hall
  • Access to video recordings of the presentations (through December 3)
  • Continuing education contact hours for attendance during the virtual event and post-event viewings (Deadline: December 3)
Agenda PDF

Event Day Schedule

Friday, November 19, 2021

*All times are Central

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Log In & Virtual Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Live Virtual Program

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Break & Virtual Exhibit Hall




Topics & Speakers

Introduction to Blueprints for Change: Adapting and Moving Forward
Kristin Ramsey, MSN, MPPM, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Northwestern Medicine

Lessons Learned in Oncology During a Year of Change
Mary Mulcahy, MD
Assistant Director, Clinical Operations

Disparities in Cancer Pain Management
Erin McMenamin, PhD, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner, Radiation Oncology
Penn Medicine

Uneven Terrain: Navigating Patient Barriers & Disparities on the Frontlines of Cancer Care
Mandi Buss, MA, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker, Supportive Oncology

Breast Cancer Patient Connect: Connecting and Empowering Patients & Survivors
Brynn Fowler, MPH
Adolescent and Young Adult Program Coordinator

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Oncology Drug Evaluation and Research: From Clinical Trial to Patient Delivery
Rosa J. Lee-Alonzo, PharmD, RAC
Senior Regulatory Health Project Manager
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Molecular Testing and Precision Medicine
Kevin Krise, MPA, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Gastrointestinal Cancer

Closing & Evaluation
Karen Harris, RN, MSN & Linda Ingram, RN, MSN
Conference Co-Chairs & Clinical Nurse Educators

All speakers are a part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and/or Northwestern Medicine, unless otherwise noted

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

  • Recognize a nurse's role in providing care and support for patients with cancer through the trajectory of their illness.
  • Inspire oncology nurses to incorporate knowledge gained into their daily practice.
  • Define the evolving role of leadership in the context of oncology nursing.

Contact Hours

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91). Additionally, this activity provides continuing education units for social workers through Northwestern Medicine. This professional development activity offers 4.25 contact hours.

Additionally, this activity provides 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.

Northwestern Medicine Affiliate* $20
Student, Fellow, or Resident $10
Industry Representative $150

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

Conference Co-Chairs & Planning Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

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

Linda Ingram, RN, MSN
Clinical Nurse Educator
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Planning Committee

  • Mandi Buss, LCSW
  • Siobhan Fegan, RN, BSN, OCN
  • Lynn Galuska Elsen, RN, BSN
  • Adrienne Goodman, MBA, MSN, RN
  • Katie Janak, LCSW

Planning Committee (continued)

  • Mary Molloy, RN, MSN, OCN
  • Diane Muench, RN, BSN, MBA
  • Kathryn Norris, RN, MSN
  • Heidi Ray, RN, BSN, OCN
  • Deborah Rimmele, RN, BSN
  • Desiree West, RN, BSN


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