Friday, April 29, 2016

Do You Attend Conferences?

 AAMCN's annual Spring Managed Care Forum 2016 has just passed, but if you were not able to attend, you can view the presentations on the CNE section of our website. Sessions from the Spring Forum will be added over the next few weeks.

Why You Should Attend a Nursing Conference

  1. Networking – participating in nursing conferences gives you a way to meet, interact with, and make contacts with other experts in your specialty area. Most conferences will have authors, researchers, or clinicians who are recognized experts in their field. Many times you will get a chance to interact with these individuals in a question and answer format. This means you will have a real-time opportunity to have your questions answered by those with a proven track record. Furthermore, you can network with nurses from other locations throughout the country to see how they approach similar dilemmas you face and develop new professional relationships. Before you attend the conference it’s a good idea to create your own business cards so you can easily share your contact information to others.
  2. Continuing education and skill development – nursing conferences offer a chance for you to learn about several educational advancements in one place. Presentations are designed to introduce you to new technologies, train you to use new equipment, or provide you with the opportunity to attend break-out sessions where you learn about the latest advances in your specialty area. Consider nursing conferences to be a one-stop opportunity to get up-to-date with the latest technologies and practices.
  3. Career advancement – keeping up with new advances in the profession will help you to advance your career and potentially allow you to earn more money. Employers like to see that you are committed to your job and attending conferences is one way you can show your employer that you are lifelong learner. Some conferences provide you with special training sessions for new equipment or technologies that will benefit the patients and unit where you work. Take advantages of these opportunities by volunteering to be the lead trainer for new technology on the unit where you work. The new skills you can obtain may help train other staff members in your unit, receive a job promotion, or expose you to new business opportunities.
  4. Advancement of the profession – when more nurses recognize the importance of continuing their skills through additional training and continuing education opportunities then nursing will continue to be recognized as a solid, scientific profession. A profession is a body of individuals who have received formal education/training to provide a competent service for individuals, groups, or communities. For nursing to remain a respected profession, nurses will need to demonstrate their commitment to the profession through career advancement and additional training. Attending nursing conferences is one way for you to show those you serve that you are sincerely devoted to the profession.