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What Time Is It? … It's Conference Time!

Tosha Harris, DNP APRN NNP-BC, NANN E-News editor

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses’ 39th Annual Conference will be September 26–28, 2023, in Anaheim, California.

When I was a novice bedside clinician, I always looked forward to attending conferences to learn the newest, greatest ways of caring for our tiniest and sickest patients. As a seasoned clinician, I still get excited about conference; I think of it as my professional Christmas Day.

One of the best things about attending NANN’s annual conference is that your career stage doesn't matter; there is something for everyone. Have you registered yet?

No? Don't worry—there's still time!There are several relatable reasons why some people may choose not to attend the conference, such as cost, time and travel constraints, family obligations or even social anxiety. However, choosing not to attend educational meetings can hinder professional development by limiting learning opportunities, reducing exposure to new ideas and research, hindering networking opportunities, and impeding personal and professional growth.

On the other hand, if you have already registered to join us September 26–28 in Anaheim, or plan to register soon, you already understand the importance of attending our annual conference. Maybe one or more of these reasons speak to why you will be joining us in Anaheim:

Knowledge Acquisition and Professional Development: The information presented at NANN’s annual conference increases knowledge and improves professional skills. This peer-to-peer learning environment is highly valuable for professional growth and improvement in nursing practice.

Dissemination of Research and Best Practices: The annual conference is a platform for researchers and clinicians to present their work and share best practices. By attending presentations and poster sessions, clinicians learn from their colleagues' work, gain new perspectives, and explore different approaches to neonatal care. Attendees have access to the latest research findings and evidence-based practices that can contribute to improved patient and family outcomes.

Networking and Collaboration: Attending the conference provides opportunities for networking and collaboration among neonatal professionals. Network, exchange contact information, including business cards or digital profiles, and follow up after the conference with individuals you met. These activities promote the development of nurturing professional relationships, which is beneficial for career growth, gives you access to more resources, and keeps you informed about job opportunities and industry developments.

Inspiration and Innovation: Conferences can inspire nurses and promote innovative thinking. Exposure to new ideas, perspectives, and approaches stimulates creativity and innovation in nursing practice. Keynote speakers, panel discussions, and presentations inspire and motivate attendees. These sessions may highlight personal success stories, leadership journeys, or innovative practices that can reenergize and renew your passion for our profession. Attending conference provides a sense of community, support, and encouragement, reminding us of the importance and impact of our work.

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning: Continuing education opportunities are available with paid registrations. The continuing education credits are crucial for professional licensure, competence and currency, lifelong learning, improved patient outcomes, and organizational requirements. When you embrace continuing education, you benefit your career, your patients, and the profession. Attendees are eligible to earn 40 hours of continuing education credits through December 31!

Exposure to New Technologies and Products: The exhibit hall at the NANN Annual Conference connects you with healthcare companies showcasing the latest technologies, products, and services relevant to nursing practice. Attendees can explore new medical devices, equipment, software, and resources that enhance patient care, streamline workflows, and improve efficiency. Our exhibitors help us stay updated on advancements and emerging trends in healthcare technology.

The value you derive from attending a professional conference depends on your level of engagement, preparation, and follow up. You can maximize the conference's impact on your professional development by planning, setting clear objectives, actively participating, networking intentionally, exploring exhibitions, leveraging continuing education opportunities, reflecting on the experience, and staying connected.

If you are unable to attend in person or need more information to make a decision, I urge you to check out the NANN Annual Conference homepage and the full conference schedule.

Register to attend 2023 NANN Annual Conference in person or on demand by Wednesday, August 2, for our best discounts!