I don't know how many conferences you attend a year but I can tell you just this year, I have paid to attend 3 out of out state nursing conferences and attended 0. Things come up, usually related to my law practice and I can't get away and decide not to attend. I wanted to attend the Kentucky Nursing Board conference last Friday, but I was tired from driving to Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio Nursing Board meeting and I also had client appts. Friday afternoon. I am learning however and I did not pre-register for the KBN conference.
I am pushing 40 years of age, 38 years old to be precise and as a Gen Xer I am in the middle of the boomers who embraced face to face seminars, conventions, and professional association meetings as part of being socialized in the practice of a profession and Gen Yers and Mills who embrace technology like audioconferences, teleseminars, and webinars.
I want to have my cake and eat it too (or a brownie), so why can't associations do both.
I personally would love for more seminars, conventions, and professional associations meetings for nursing and the law to be available via audioconferences, live stream feeds, and webinars. Its not that I don't enjoy the face to face meetings and the networking but you tend to see the same folks at these meetings anyway. So is it really networking?
Also I realized years ago, the majority of nurses don't belong to professional associations therefore as a license defense attorney, the majority of my prospective clients won't be at these types of events anyway. I maintain my membership in ANA, the Center for American Nurses, and the Ohio Nurses Association to support the profession. But to pay my mortgage, I need clients and these potential or prospective clients are not at nursing professional association meetings.
I was contacted last week by a publication who wanted me to write an article for publication. I laughed (after I politely declined the request to write a 3,000 word article for $150.00). Don't get me wrong, I am published in national, state, and local journals and magazines but that's so last century for me as an attorney defending nurses before the State Nursing Board. I published to show yes I can years ago but I reach more nurses with my blog and the internet than I could ever hope to with a hard copy and snail mailed nursing publication. I am not an academic who needs to publish for tenure. Now, ask me to write an article in an e-journal or e-magazine distributed to several hundred thousand nurses, pay me a little or nothing, and I will make the time.
I am also not an ambulance chaser as my hubby says when he sees those personal injury law office advertisements on TV. I can't imagine chasing ambulances anyway because I am very clumsy and I would fall and injure myself. My grandparents have had multiple surgeries in the last year and I have a nephew with an ASD and pulmonary hypertension, so I am at several different hospitals in the Cincinnati area alot. My paternal grandfather is having major surgery this week, so LaTonia Denise Wright, RN, BSN, JD (as my hubby calls me when he is explaining something to me that should be obvious to me) will be at his bedside with her laptop and business cell phone. You as a nurse know all the __ that happens in a hospital; its like the Wild, Wild West in some of these facilities.
No, I don't slip my business card into the pocket of nurses and say "give me a call if you have an issue with the State Nursing Board." Haha, now that's funny. I do however keep business cards on my person at all times when I am in a hospital because you never know:)
Now back to face to face meetings. How many have you attended this year? Do you find the meetings to be cost prohibitive? I am personally questioning why so many nursing associations continue to have annual meetings, conventions, etc? Speaking of a meeting, the Ohio Nurses Association Convention is in two weeks in Independence, Ohio. I am running for office and a delegate for my district, so I am attending but I think I may drive up on Saturday or Sunday morning.
That's a busy week for me with Indiana State Nursing Board administrative law hearings in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, the Center for American Nurses webinar on Competence, see https://m360.centerforamericannurses.org/event.aspx?eventID=11010 on Wednesday evening, client meetings in Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday the 15th from 10am to 5pm, and the Kentucky Nursing Board meeting in Louisville, KY on Friday the 16th.
What are the chances that I will drive to Independence, Ohio for the Ohio Nurses Association meeting on Saturday the 17th and/or Sunday, the 18th? I am learning because I have not pre-registered for the Convention and if I attend, I will pay at the door.
Maybe this is why nursing professional associations and professional associations in general are struggling for new members and new blood because the leadership is holding tight to last century marketing and membership drives instead of embracing the future.
What is the future? I don't know and I don't have the answers. I do have some ideas. But I don't think paying hundreds of dollars to register for a conference, paying hundreds of dollars to fly or drive to a meeting, paying hundreds of dollars to stay in a hotel, and spending hundreds of dollars to maintain your membership in a professional or trade association is the future. But that's just me.
You should attend your State Board of Nursing conferences or seminars which are usually jam packed with information.
No, I don't attend State Nursing Board seminars because I am prowling for clients. My hubby asked me this being funny. I won't have booth or table or stand up in the room and shout "hire me if you have a Kentucky Nursing Board case" when I attend these programs. Although, you can hire me if you have Kentucky Nursing Board case.
I attend because I like to stay up to date on what's going with the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nursing boards and these conferences along with Board meetings are usually the best opportunities.
"How To Develop A Safe & Healthy Home Environment"
Monday, July 20th
TIME: 7-8 pm
LOCATION: Occupational Kinetics
13100 Magisterial Drive Suite 100 - Education Center Louisville, KY 40223 (502) 245-0767
Eric M. DeYoung, OTR/L, CES, ICFE, CDA, FABDA, HHP, NPRS, NDc
5 Basic Principles to Consider:
I will discuss:
The Myths and Facts regarding cleaning supplies
What does "natural" really mean (not always safe)
Organic foods vs. conventional foods
Latest news reports about environmental health and supplemental awareness (there are 41 OTC vitamins that are highly toxic)
Provide references and web links for more homework on chimicals in your baby shampoos, make-ups, hair colors, etc!
Eric M. DeYoung, OTR/L, CES, ICFE, CDA, FABDA, HHP, NPRS, NDc is experienced as a board registered and licensed Occupational Therapist in Kentucky and Indiana, doctoral training as a Traditional Naturopath practicing Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and a Neuro Physical Reprogramming Specialist through the California College of Natural Medicine. Additional training includes certification and competency in manual medicine such as Myofascial release/mobilization, Cranial sacral therapy, Reiki, Acupressure, Meridian therapy, Body reading, and Neuro-Muscular Therapy.
Practicing as an Occupational Therapist, Eric is also certified as an Ergonomics Specialist, Disability Analyst, International Certified Functional Evaluator and Fellow of the American Board of Disability Analysts. He has taught adjunctively graduate and doctoral level students Introduction of Occupational Therapy, Applied Kinesiology, Gross Anatomy, Ergonomics and Industrial Rehabilitation at the Spalding University Aurbach School of Occupational Therapy, Jefferson Community College (Junior College of the University of Kentucky) and Indiana University.
In 2003, Eric opened Occupational Kinetics at the Center for Alternative Medicines in Louisville, KY as a fully integrated complimentary and alternative medicine center incorporating allopathic as well as naturopathic healing principles for patients interested in natural non-prescriptive medicine modalities. The center features Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, Exercise Physiology, Pediatrics, Holistic Dentistry and offers a variety of homeopathic remedies invented by Dr. Theresa Dale as well as nutritional supplementation and natural skin care products.
Eric's treatment philosophy is rooted in the field of Functional Medicine which believes that the core clinical imbalances that underlie various disease conditions arise as environmental inputs such as diet, nutrients (including air and water), exercise, and trauma processed by one's body, mind and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes and beliefs.
I spoke at a Skin Care Conference in Las Vegas last week. I took my laptop and worked a few hours each day to respond to emails and mail documents. The Skin Care Conference attendance was down this year and the conference was in Las Vegas.
I don't know about you but if you want me to attend a conference, have it in Las Vegas where the airfare is responsible, the climate is usually warm to broil, and I can attend shows, party, gamble, and learn. But that's just me.
I have been told that conference and seminar attendance is down across the board because of the economy and employer's are tightening the purse strings. I am attending the Center's LEAD Summit next month in Orlando, Florida and this will be my last national conference for this year. My airline ticket and conference registration was reasonable and I am flying out of Cincinnati on a direct flight with Delta to Orlando for $79.00. The hotel registration is expensive at $199.00 a night for three nights and I am rooming alone.
I will not attend TAANA's conference this year however I will make the TAANA conference in 2010 when its in Lexington, Kentucky. I did attend the Ky Coalition of NP & NM Conference in Lexington, Kentucky this year; I attended one day.
Blend your summer vacation with innovative and progressive educational opportunities. The Center for American Nurses is hosting LEAD Summit June 11-13, 2009 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL. This is an event you can’t miss!
Learn innovative strategies to embrace conflict and develop conflict competent organizations
Explore progressive techniques to design healthy workspaces
Examine state of the art approaches to building healthy work environments
Conflict Engagement & Emerging Communities of Practice Debra Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD
The Magic of Creative Conflict Engagement Phyllis Beck Kritek, RN, PhD, FAAN
Creating Magic: Engaging and Being Engaged Beth Ulrich, RN, EdD, FACHE, FAAN
Creating Excellent Work Environments: Individual Versus Group Choice William Hudson, BSN, RN, OCN Dennis R. Sherrod, EdD, RN
SPEND THE WEEK AT DISNEY - Friends & Family Welcome!
The Contemporary is the icon of Walt Disney World with its A-frame design and monorail service passing directly through the hotel. Nestled between Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, the Contemporary has long reminded us of the vision of Walt Disney. From its futuristic design to its impressive 15-story atrium, the Contemporary lives up to its name and has an undeniable presence. This deluxe hotel features a pool area, white-sand beach, and a complete array of dining and recreational options. The Center for American Nurses has secured a room rate of $199 single/double plus taxes. Call reservations at 407-824-3869 and refer to the Center for American Nurses annual LEAD Summit. The conference rate is available through May 8, 2009.
Early bird registration deadline has been extended to May 15, 2009.
Come for the Meeting and Stay for the Magic.
Make the most of your free time with Disney’s Special Meeting/Convention Theme Park Tickets. These tickets are designed to accommodate the meeting agenda and are only available to attendees!