Welcome to the Chicago Chapter of ONS!

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The Chicago Chapter invites you to browse our Virtual Community site

and participate in our events and other offerings.  This is your local ONS connection. 

Find out about our membership, leadership, meetings, events, newsletter, and much more.


Congratulations to our Chapter Award Winners for 2013!

OCN/AOCN/AOCNS/AOCNP Certification Scholarships

  • Vera Maynard, AOCNP
  • Alicia Ponce, OCN
  • Robert Stines, OCN
  • Mary Lappe, OCN
  • Stacey Zubel, OCN

Professional Development Award

  • Karine Otten

Nursing Education Scholarships

  • Jean RIdgeway
  • Danielle Wisuri
  • Jacqueline Lippe

Sandy Purl Spirit of CCONS

  • Bev Caraher (nominated by Jan Golick)


Upcoming Events

"Oral Agents: Understanding the Role of Adherence

From a Nursing Perspective"

Jennifer S Webster, RN, CANP, AOCN

Thursday, April 24, 2014

5:30-6:15 pm Registration and Dinner

6:15-7 pm Business Meeting

7-8:30 pm Presentation 

Osteria Via Stato (NOTE VENUE CHANGE!)

620 N State Street

Chicago, IL 60610 


Please RSVP to CCONS at cconspc@gmail.com

Free Parking Available

Supported by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

This program does not offer continuing education hours


Saturday, May 3 LRF's Third Annual Derby Day at the House of Blues!


CCONS is Looking for Volunteers to Help Support the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Third Annual Kentucky Derby...

Calling all CCONS members because we need your help to support this event in a BIG way!!  I know this event occurs during ONS Congress this year; however I am looking for volunteers who are not attending Congress to help donate their time on Derby day, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the House of Blues, located at 329 N Dearborn Street, for the following shifts:  1:45 pm - 4:00 pm, 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm and 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm. We need volunteers to help with the following areas of responsibility: registration, selling raffle tickets, managing the silent auction area, managing the raffle area, silent auction check-out, VIP bag distribution and event tear down.


As you know, The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest lymphoma-focused health organization devoted exclusively to funding research to cure all lymphomas. It provides patients and healthcare professionals with critical information and resources free of charge. LRF’s mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease. To date, the Foundation has funded more than $51 million to lymphoma research.


If you are interested in volunteering at this event please send an e-mail to Maggie Smith at: smith.maggie@comcast.net

CCONS and Lymphoma Research Foundation presents

"Caring for the Lymphoma Patient: Managing the Patient with T-Cell Lymphoma

Thursday, May 15


Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Hotel

733 W Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60661

Learn about recent updates on the treatment of T-cell lymphomas and the management of
the diseases while earning 4.0 hrs of CEU credit. The goals of the program are
to increase the knowledge, skills, and performance of healthcare providers and
to maximize the quality of care for T-Cell lymphoma patients.

Free program, Registration required

Register here





Join Carol’s Team of Hope

Thursday June 12, 2014

6:25 pm

Diversey Harbor

2601 N. Cannon Drive

Carol White has been an oncology nurse for 28 years, caring for patients diagnosed with blood cancers.   She has been an active member of our CCONS chapter during that time, and has been involved with the Leukemia Research Foundation since 1997.  Carol is proud to sponsor a walking /running team  in the annual Jim Gibbons race.  All the money raised from the race goes toward awarding research grants to new researchers searching for the cure of these blood cancers. This year is the 20th anniversary of the race.  On a personal level this race is also special as Carol’s husband Jim has been diagnosed with primary CNS lymphoma and is now in remission after an autologous stem cell transplant.  Carol’s family and friends would like the team to dedicate this race to Jim and all true heroes out there—the SURVIVORS!  Please consider joining us June 12th as part of the team by registering at the LRF website http://gibbons5k.com  under Carol’s Team of Hope (password Run happy) or if you prefer, just come out and cheer, or donate to this worthwhile effort through Carol’s fund raising page at:



Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer.

It’s an all-day conference focused on the topics of balancing work and cancer.  Specifically, it covers the legal and practical components of taking time off for treatment, working through treatment, and job searching after a cancer diagnosis.

The event is on April 11th at the Hotel Monaco downtown Chicago.  This conference is totally free to patients, caregivers, survivors, and health care professionals.  There will also be an opportunity for nurses and social workers to get CEUs for attending.

You can get more information in the attached flyer or online at:http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/community/events/midwest-conference






Bev Caraher bcaraher@amgen.com or Jan Golick janetgolick@comcast.net

You may attach your own flyer for us to provide a hyperlink, but you must also fill out the required posting form




Upcoming events

Cancer Symptoms
This ONS website is designed for patients and caregivers to provide information on learning about and managing each of ten common cancer treatment symptoms: anorexia, cognitive dysfunction, depression, dyspnea, fatigue, hormonal disturbances, neutropenia, pain, peripheral neuropathy, and sexual dysfunction.


Access Devices: The Virtual Clinic Online Course
Looking for an innovative way to really understand access devices? Then join Access Devices: The Virtual Clinic and treat virtual patients with this newest online course.

Spotlight on Members! Laurel Barbour Nursing Scholarship Awards

Inaugural Laurel Barbour Nursing Research Scholarship Awards Announced

Advocate Health Care’s Nursing Research Committee has awarded the inaugural Laurel Barbour Nursing Research Scholarship Awards. Recipients of this award include Jackie Murauski, RN, MSN, APN, CPAN, CCRN, for her research project "A Feasibility Study Using the Essential Oil Lavender to Reduce Preoperative Anxiety in Females Undergoing Breast Surgery," and JoAnne Pouliot, RN, MS, for her project "Automated vs. Manual Blood Pressure in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and/or Hypertension."

Alexis Barbour Florczak funded the Laurel Barbour Nursing Research Scholarship Award to recognize the contributions made to nursing and nursing research by her mother, Laurel Ory Barbour. The award is intended to be given annually to a novice nurse researcher. The principal investigator of the project must be a nurse from any Advocate Health Care site who has completed the system’s Nursing Research Fellowship, an intensive training program in research methods. Murauski is a post-anesthesia care nurse at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Pouliot is a critical care educator and project specialist at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.

"My mother dedicated her life to nursing and was a passionate mentor, author, lecturer, investigator and researcher," says Barbour Florczak. "I know my mom would be honored knowing that her legacy is making a difference for the future of nursing."

Advocate Health Care’s Nursing Research Committee was created in 2005 to support the best health outcomes and the best patient experience across the Advocate system by promoting and providing education, mentoring, support and leadership in the utilization and conduct of nursing research. The Laurel Barbour Nursing Research Scholarship Award is administered by Advocate Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Advocate Health Care.

Laurel, who died suddenly in October, 2011,  was a loyal member of CCONS for many years, and CCONS President from 1990-1992.  She received the ONS Nursing Excellence in Biotherapy Award in 2006.  Many of our members contributed to this scholarship fund after Laurel's death, and others may be Advocate employees who are eligible to apply for this award.

Chicago Chapter Upcoming Events

Thursday 4/24/14 at 5:30PM CDT
Oral Agents: Adherence- Chapter Meeting and Program
CCONS Presents: “Oral Agents: Understanding the Role of Adh...

Thursday 5/15/14 at 3:30PM CDT
Caring for the Lymphoma Pt: Managing the Pt with T-Cell Lymphoma
Caring for the Lymphoma Patient: Managing the Patient with ...