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Preconference Workshops


International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2015 delegates are invited to participate in educational preconference workshops held on July 8, 2015.  There is no additional cost for ICCN 2015 delegates, but pre-registration is required.  You will have the option to select a preconference workshop when you register for ICCN 2015 online.  Registration is subject to availability, on a first-come-first-served basis.  Limited seats are available, so register early!



End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium:  Advancing Palliative Care


Hosted by End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)

Date: Wednesday July 8, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm


Betty Ferrell
Director of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope Medical Center
Duarte, CA, USA

Polly MazanecPhD, AOCN,  ACNP-BC, FPCN
Adjunct Professor, Frances  Payne Bolton School of  Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH, USA

Judith PaicePhD, RN, FAAN
Director of the Cancer Pain Program, Feinberg School ofMedicine, 
Northwestern University 
Chicago, IL, USA

Rose ViraniRNC, MHA, OCN®, FPCN
ELNEC Project Director, City of Hope Medical Center
Duarte, CA, USA

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project, which began in 2000, is a national education initiative to improve palliative care by providing practicing nurses and nursing faculty with the resources to provide and teach excellent care for those with serious illness. To date, over 20,000 people have attended a national course in 86 countries world-wide.  This course will provide you with resources to teach the principles of palliative care and will cover 6 modules:  Introduction to Palliative Nursing, Pain Management, Symptom Management, Communication, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, and Final Hours.  Cultural/spiritual considerations and ethical implications will be embedded in each of the 6 modules.


1. Describe the role of the oncology nurse in providing quality palliative care for patients with serious illness.

2. Identify the need for collaboration with interdisciplinary team members while implementing the nursing role in palliative care.

3. Discuss aspects of assessing physiological, psychological, spiritual, and social domains of quality of life for patients and families facing a life-threatening illness  or event.

International Collaborations in Cancer Nursing Research

Hosted by ISNCC and ONS

Date: Wednesday July 8, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm


Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
Oncology Nursing Society
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Sanchia Aranda

Cancer Institute NSW
Alexandria, NSW, Australia

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor of Oncology Nursing & Research Scientist
University of Massachusetts Amherts
Amherst, MA, USA

Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN
Interim Dean; Lulu Wolf-Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing
UCLA School of Nursing
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Marjorie Wells, PhD, RN
Project Director
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, CA, USA

The International Collaborations in Cancer Nursing Research Preconference Workshop, hosted by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC), will address the major topics associated with working internationally on research, including: (1) Why collaborate internationally? (2) Overview of international collaborative initiatives by ONS and ISNCC, (3) Nuts and bolts – moving from a great idea to an international collaboration, and (4) Examples of successful initiatives.



  1. Describe international collaboration in cancer nursing research and the reasons why global research is imperative
  2. Identify ways to collaborate internationally on cancer nursing research projects
  3. Discuss successful international collaboration cancer nursing research projects


Conducting Mixed Method Research

Date: Wednesday July 8, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm


Joan L. Bottorff, PhD, RN, FCAHS, FAAN
Professor, School of Nursing, UBC Okanagan
Kelowna, BC, Canada

Karin Olson, RN, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta 
Edmonton, AB, Canada

The primary challenge in studies that used mixed method designs is to manage the conflicts that could arise between the ontologic and epistemologic underpinnings of the designs and methods that are being combined.  In this workshop, participants will explore strategies for addressing this problem by using simultaneous or sequential approaches and will discuss studies in which these approaches have been used.  Participants will also have an opportunity to explore ways in which they could use a mixed method design to address a research question that has arisen within their own research programs.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the key principles for constructing a mixed method design
  • Identify the mixed methods designs used in selected set of published articles
  • Describe research questions that require a mixed methods design



View the Preliminary Program here