Nursing conferences not only provide you with a ton of different opportunities to learn about the latest breakthroughs and advancements in healthcare, but they can also be a lot of fun, too! You can attend lectures, participate in workshops, and socialize with other professionals in your industry.
If you are interested in developing your nursing skills, sharing best practices with nurses from other facilities, and offering the best care possible to your patients, then attending a nursing conference would be a must.
How A Nursing Conference Can Benefit You
Broaden Your Network
Healthcare professionals in every field and from all over the world gather at medical conferences. You can meet with speakers, panelists, and fellow attendees to share your ideas, learn from the best in the field, and make connections.
Get Up To Date With The Latest Best Practices
When you study, train, and work in the same community for years, it can start to feel a little routine. Breakthroughs and new developments in medicine and healthcare are happening every day. Nursing conferences expose you to different ways of thinking, as well as the latest innovations and developments in the field.
Earn Credits For Continuing Education
As you know, continuing education units (CEUs) are required to maintain your license. CEUs require that you are up to date with modern healthcare practices. Most conferences can provide up to 30 or more units, potentially enough to complete your CEU requirement for the year.
Advance Your Career
There are many ways in which attending a nursing conference can be a stepping stone for your career. First, you can network with future colleagues and learn about new work opportunities at the conference. Second, conferences can provide opportunities for certification, which can help you gain an advantage when applying for higher positions. Third, attending conferences will make you aware of the academic programs your peers are taking - like Laboure's RN to BSN program, for example.
Gain Holistic Knowledge
Many nurses have some specialty training, certification. Continuing education and training may be necessary to take on high-level positions, but it can also be incredibly meaningful and eye-opening to learn about another area of nursing. After all, you may learn something that you can apply immediately in your current position. . It may also inspire you to broaden your horizons further and explore a new career path!
List of New England Nursing Conferences in 2020
When: April 30, 2020 - May 1, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)
Where: Newton, MA (Boston Marriott)
Theme: The New England Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference features illustrations on basic EKG interpretation, suturing skills, adolescent case studies, advanced EKG interpretation, neurological exam and case studies, ENT disorders in the pediatric patient, and much more.
Tickets: Special rate $199 single/double
This 3-day conference includes timely keynote addresses as well as a variety of workshops, clinical sessions, poster presentations and industry exhibits designed to help nurse practitioners and other health care professionals develop and maintain expertise in the delivery of high quality care.
When: May 2, 2020 at 7:30am ET - May 3, 2020 at 5:00pm ET (cancelled due to COVID-19)
Where: Aquidneck Avenue Middletown (Wyndham Newport Hotel & Conference Center)
Tickets: Price N/A
The Rhode Island School Nurse Teachers Association is the proud host of the upcoming New England School Nurse Conference. This year's theme is "Eyes on School Health: Vision of School Nursing 2020". Attending the conference will provide you with an amazing opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills as a professional school nurse.
When: March 27, 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19, date not yet announced)
Where: New Haven, Connecticut 06510, United States (Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale)
- Physician- $150
- Nurse/PA/Allied Health Professional- $75
- Non-Yale Resident/Fellow/Student†- $30
- Yale Resident/Fellow/Student†- Complimentary
- Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Nurses - complimentary
- Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Staff- complimentary
This symposium will provide participants with the tools to stay up-to-date on new advances in the treatment of epilepsy and related disorders, and will increase participants’ awareness of emerging diagnostic and therapeutic options.
When: March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19)
Where: Portland, Maine (Holiday Inn)
Theme: Critical Care
Tickets: Price N/A
American Association of Critical - Care Nurses (AACN) Horizons Conference is organized by American Association of Critical - Care Nurses (AACN) and will be held during Mar 31 - Apr 02, 2020 at Holiday Inn Portland-By The Bay, Portland, Maine, United States of America.
Addiction Research: From Molecules to Circuits to Treatment - 2nd Neurobiology of Drug Addiction Gordon Research Conference
When: August 16, 2020 - August 21, 2020
Where: Newry, Maine , United States (Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River Resort)
Tickets: Price N/A
The conference focuses on presentations and discussions at the frontiers of addiction research. The scope of the lectures will be confined to basic and clinical studies involving addictive drugs (including alcohol) and the nervous system and will focus on mechanisms of compulsive drug use and relapse.
Conferences provide the perfect opportunity to update your knowledge, widen your network, and grow both personally and professionally.
By taking advantage of just one, two, maybe a handful of the literally hundreds of nursing conferences around the world, you can take your career to the next level. If you’re looking for options outside of conferences, consider taking a certification program or additional degree at a local college or university.
At Labouré College, we offer a variety of online and on-campus programs for RNs to earn a BSN, for other healthcare professionals to become an RN, or for any healthcare professional to specialize in fields like neurodiagnostics, radiation therapy, and more.