Have you attending a nursing conference? Many nurses have no apparent interest in attending conferences. Excuses range from complaints of having no time, that the conference has no bearing on their real life experiences or that conferences are only for “academic” nurses.
There are many, many nursing conferences. They are held all over the world and even on cruise ships! On occasion I will mention a recent business trip to attend a conference and I get a bit of a sly smile as if “everyone knows what those so-called conferences are for”…fun and entertainment.
Conferences are often fun. One of the nice things about attending these nursing conferences are re-connecting and networking with fellow nurses. The education, updates regarding techniques and technology, and the chance to exchange ideas is invaluable…and yes, fun too. I have never once attended a professional conference in which I failed to learn something new.
A nurse who works in Home Health has a very different skill set and knowledge base than one who works in workers compensation or orthopedic surgery. taught us that nursing was a life-long learning process. What better way is there to learn the new information in your nursing niche than attending a conference with like minded colleagues?
Expanding your network is an important part of attending a conference. Meeting other professionals who share your passion for work over social dinners and in hospitality suites makes for a relaxing environment where you can really get to know one another. Who knows? You might make a new life long friend.
Here are a few of the conference I have on my 2010 calendar. Why don’t you join me?