The opportunities for learning and making connections presented at professional nursing conferences are extensive. While potentially enlightening and motivating, these gatherings may also come across as intimidating. With these pointers, your first or subsequent conference will be an experience that is both enjoyable and productive:
Register for the event as soon as possible to take advantage of early-bird discounts and the chance to reserve a room in the conference venue. Being in the exact location as the panelists and speakers increases the likelihood of striking up conversations with them and forming new relationships.
Do you want to pick up recommendations for best practices, learn about innovations, and earn continuing education hours? Would you prefer to talk with someone who can help advance your career? It's possible that you'd like to put a face to Facebook friends. Approaching the situation with well-defined goals is essential.
Circle the presentations that you are interested in attending, particularly those that are being held at the same time. Formulate a game plan. Make it known that you are interested in exchanging notes with friends attending the other panels. Don’t know anyone going? At the conference, make it a priority to talk to different people and exchange information with them.
Arriving early allows you to avoid waiting in long registration lines. Learn your way around the convention center and become familiar with the room layout. Do not be the person who wanders around the building looking for a session that began ten minutes ago at the opposite end of the building.
It's possible that your busy schedule won't allow you to return to your hotel room in time to gargle before you meet someone. Always have some gum, mints, and other essentials for personal hygiene on you.
You will have the opportunity to network with some of the most brilliant and forward-thinking colleagues and thought leaders from all over the country and, depending on the event, from all over the world. There is no way to know who might be in the best position to assist you in advancing your career.
Maintain communication with your newly-made connections using social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. You should thank your new connections for speaking with you and remind them where you met by including a reminder of the location in your message.
The most recent advancements in nursing practice technology, research, and procedures are presented during the sessions. You will improve both your knowledge and your value if you attend.
Attending a conference is an excellent way to further one's professional development and feel more refreshed. Prepare yourself thoroughly to get the most out of your experience.