The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and the New Zealand Cancer Nurses College (CNC) warmly invite you to Auckland! We hope you enjoy the Conference and find it a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. Please don’t hesitate to speak with your mentor if you have any questions about the conference; we are here to help ensure you get the most out of attending this global event. The ISNCC Board members will be at ICCN and will be wearing a purple scarf or tie. Please feel free to stop and talk to any member at any time.
The New Zealand Cancer Nurses College National Committee members can be identified by the purple corsages. They are also here to help guide you as you move around the conference venue and venture outside into beautiful Auckland to explore a little further afield after the conference ends for the day.
Please Attend the ‘Meet Your Mentor’ Session Monday 24th September 7:00am in Marlborough Room 3, Level 5 of SkyCity Auckland Convention Centre.The ICCN Mentor Program is a way for new attendees to build connections with experienced ISNCC members and receive information about the conference as well as ISNCC.
Who are the Mentors? ISNCC members volunteer to become mentors and provide guidance and insight as well as information to new attendees at the conference.
Who are the Mentees? All new attendees to ICCN 2018 are welcome to become mentees and participate in the ICCN Mentor Program at no cost. New attendees are encouraged to become mentees in order to enhance their participation and make connections with other colleagues. You will be partnered with an experienced colleague who has participated at the ICCN in the past.
How and when do I meet my mentor? The initial meeting with your mentor will be on Monday, 24th September 2018 at 7:00am in the Marlborough Room 3, Level 5. Both mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend this session to meet each other face to face. If you are unable to make the first session you may contact your mentor or mentee and arrange to meet on Tuesday, 25th September or Wednesday, 26th September between 7:00am – 8:00am in the Marlborough Room.
How do I get the best out of the Conference Programme? Mentors will have suggestions and guidance for Mentees on how to get the best out of ICCN 2018. The programme also lists each day’s sessions. The following is a guide to the types of sessions.
Plenary sessions: are keynote presentations by invited speakers who are prominent in cancer care and control. Plenary presentations cover a broad range of topics relevant to all cancer nurses.
Concurrent sessions: are presentations in different rooms that occur at the same time. Papers being presented in most of the concurrent sessions have been chosen by the Scientific Planning Committee from abstracts submitted by cancer nurses from around the world. There is a great diversity of topics covered in the concurrent sessions, just as there will be diversity in the practice settings and countries from which the presenters come.
Concurrent sessions include standard sessions (each speaker has 15 minutes to present their work), rapid fire sessions (short, sharp presentations of 8 minutes) and instructional sessions (recognised experts presenting on a particular topic).
There are several concurrent session periods throughout the conference. You need to decide before the session which ones you would like to attend. Choose the sessions by reading the overall theme of the session and then the titles of the papers being presented to see which appeals to you the most. It’s likely that it will be hard to choose! While it’s permissible to move between rooms to hear individual presentations, it’s probably more beneficial to choose a particular session and listen to all the presentations for that session.
Poster sessions: are where nurses present their work in the form of a large paper poster that conference delegates may view on poster boards. The authors will be present at their poster during meal breaks. These sessions provide a great opportunity to interact with authors and to ask them questions in a more informal setting. The posters are displayed in the exhibition area.
ISNCC General Business Meeting: This session highlights the global work of the ISNCC. It is a great opportunity to understand the ‘behind the scenes’ work of the Society. You need to be an Individual Member of ISNCC or a member of a national Society that is a Full Member of ISNCC to attend. Ask a Board Member or at the enquiry desk if you are not sure whether you can attend.
Lunch Symposia: These are sponsored events on a particular topic that include a complimentary meal. They usually have a limited number of participants so if you wish to attend you need to be there early.