Five Reasons Nurses Should Attend Conferences

Five Reasons Nurses Should Attend Conferences

This week the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is holding their annual conference, the National Teaching Institute – affectionately known as NTI. Oh, how I wish I could be in Denver this week, but it just wasn’t in the cards this year for me. There is nothing more inspiring than being surrounded by over 6000 nurses who are gathered to make themselves better so they can take care of their patients better. Just the gathering in that space is worth the admission.

I remember my first NTI. It was in Orlando 2004. When I left, I felt like I could do anything! I had learned so much. Validated what I did know. Been inspired. Overwhelmed. I literally felt the power of nursing. If you have been to NTI or any large conference, you know what I am talking about. The energy is contagious. I used that inspiration to power me forward. A few short years later, I had the opportunity to speak at NTI. It certainly was a career high point.

I am often told that these large conferences are not worth their time or money. I beg to differ. Here are my reasons why nurses should attend conferences.

Avoiding Caregiver Fatigue

Avoiding Caregiver Fatigue

Caregiver fatigue has been a well recognized situation with families of long term illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. However, it hasn’t been until recent years that caregiver fatigue has been recognized in health care workers, such as nurses and sometimes physicians. It is often referred to as compassion fatigue when applied to health care workers. Nurses are especially vulnerable to compassion fatigue especially due to their close care and relationship with patients each and every day. Those nurses especially at risk are nurses who work in high acuity areas such as intensive care units and the emergency department where outcomes are not often considered “positive”.

Caregiver fatigue is often characterized by depression, poor work attitude and general lack of empathy to their patients and the peers. The persons tend to be very irritable and demonstrate periods of poor coping with periods of outbursts. Suffers often describe difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Some found that doing something as simple as a new mattress from somewhere like Leesa might help to improve their quality of sleep. However, the symptoms often creep up on the sufferer and is usually recognized by those around them before the person themselves. You know that cranky nurse you hate getting report from… she may be suffering too.

American Nurse Project

Nurses Week Continues! We only get one week so lets just make the best of it, right?? This week I really want to showcase all the awesomeness of our profession! If we are not proud of our profession, who will be?? American Nurse Project I know I have posted info on this incredible project before,

Updated EKG visualization video – another classic!

So, if you have had me as instructor for your cardiac section, I probably made you watch THIS VIDEO. A classic film demonstrating what the heart is doing during various cardiac cycles. Well, look what I came upon… an updated version! This is perfect for students who are visual learners…. or nurses who just want