In this episode of The Nurse Keith Show, I share about my experience at the 2015 annual conference of The Nurse Mentoring Institute in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, focusing on the “conference afterglow” that you can experience when returning home from an inspiring, fun, or otherwise fulfilling nursing conference. Just last month, I was totally fired up from attending the 30th annual conference of the National Nurses in Business Association in Las Vegas, so my level of satisfaction related to my attendance at recent nursing conferences is currently very high.
The Nurse Mentoring Institute was founded by Dr. Louise Jakubik, a doctorally-prepared nurse who is the leading national leader in conducting and publishing evidence-based research on best practices for the mentoring of nurses. My friend and colleague Renee Thompson of RTConnections.com was also in attendance, presenting some fantastic information on combatting bullying, harassment, and lateral/horizontal violence within the nursing profession and healthcare.
The conference, consisting of a 2-day nurse mentoring immersion experience for small, intimate group, followed by the official 2-day conference that offered a wide array of opportunities to listen to and meet those who are planning, creating, or already initiating nurse mentoring programs in their institutions.
The camaraderie, fun, information, connection, and inspiration engendered by this conference was palpable, and it was a highly satisfying experience for every attendee I spoke with.
I highly recommend attending nursing conferences for both education and networking, and there is almost always salient information to bring home to colleagues, as well as ways in which to feed and water your own nursing practice and career.
Some nursing conferences are more fun than others, some are better organized, so talking to me and other nurses who have attended various conferences will assist you in choosing an event that really works for you and delivers the results you’re looking for. If your employer is offering to pay for you to attend a conference, that’s great, so you want to find a conference that will really float your boat and meet your needs.
As a member of the Nurse Keith Nation, if you’re considering attending a conference but aren’t sure it’s one worth spending your time and money on, let me know and I can see if I can find any information about the quality of that particular event in order to help you make a decision about whether or not to attend.
Getting the most out of a nursing conference is based on how the event is organized and the quality of the speakers, of course, but it’s also deeply impacted by the quality of your authentic interest in being there, the depth and sincerity of your participation and networking, and how you approach the experience.
If you haven’t been to a nursing conference for a while, now’s the time to start planning. Do some research, ask around, see what feels most salient for you, and begin to plan your next nursing conference experience.
When you attend a conference, let me know how it was, and if you’ve really liked or not liked a nursing conference you’ve attended, I want to know! Let me know on Facebook, leave a note for everyone to learn from.
I’ll continue to let the Nurse Keith community know where I’ll be speaking in the coming months, and I look forward to meeting some of you at a conference in the months and years to come!
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Keith Carlson, RN, BSN, NC-BC, is the Board Certified Nurse Coach behind NurseKeith.com and the well-known blog, Digital Doorway.
Keith is co-host of RNFMRadio.com, a wildly popular nursing podcast; he also hosts The Nurse Keith Show, his own podcast focused on career advice and inspiration for nurses. Keith is also the resident nursing career expert at Nurse.com.
A widely published nurse writer, Keith is the author of “Savvy Networking For Nurses: Getting Connected and Staying Connected in the 21st Century.” He has also contributed chapters to a number of books related to the nursing profession, and currently writes for MultiViews New Service, LPNtoBSNOnline.com, StaffGarden, and Working Nurse Magazine.
Mr. Carlson brings a plethora of experience as a nurse thought leader, online nurse personality, holistic career coach, writer, and well-known successful nurse entrepreneur.