Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it: traveling to conferences is really rad. You get to meet new friends from across the country, take workshops with industry pro’s, and you can explore a new city all under the guise of professional development. GIFTED is hitting the road to attend these amazing expos, we hope to see you there! Here’s a guide to some of the best 2019 conventions for nurses.
Sept 8-11, 2019: Ballys, Las Vegas, NV
This is the only conference exclusively for travel nurses. It provides the opportunity to network with other travelers & top industry insiders. You’ll earn CEU’s for classes specific to the industry, connect with other travelers, and get great facetime with staffing agencies in a relaxed, low-pressure setting. Many of the workshops share strategies, tips and suggestions on approaching the challenges healthcare travelers face.
The Exhibit Hall has over 100 exhibitors – many of them staffing agencies with open positions to fill. It’s basically like staffing opportunity speed dating for nurses who want to build up their professional contact list. You’ll come away from this conference with a whole new set of skills on how to manage your traveling career.
TravCon is attended by RN’s, LPN’s, NP’s, PA’s, and Allied Healthcare Professionals including RT’s OT’s, PT’s, SLP’s, Sonographers, & Technicians. Their website reports it “is also very popular with “Dreamers” – those in the medical field who are exploring the idea of taking their profession on the road.”
Vegas is known for its speedy wedding chapels, but even if you’re not getting married by a stranger in an Elvis suit, you can still bring your boo to TravCon. Some attendees bring their traveling partner or spouse as they are frequently part of the ‘traveling team’. Spouses enjoy attending non-clinical sessions, interviewing potential recruiters, or just hanging out with other spouses in the Spouse’s Lounge.
This conference is perfect for travelers looking to to connect, share information, and meet and develop a peer network. Being a travel medical professional is a unique specialty within nursing or therapy positions. No only do you need to know your job as a nurse or therapist, there are many other skills and modalities that play a major role in a successful career as a traveler. Jump start your career advancement and get your ticket today.
May 21-23, 2019: Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL
The Critical Care Exposition is the largest, most comprehensive trade show for high acuity and critical care nurses. Attendees will experience hands-on interactions with exhibitors. The Critical Care Exposition offers 14 hours of exhibit time over three days, with 10 hours unopposed by clinical sessions. See what nurses are saying about it here!
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Don’t fret if you can’t make it to Orlando this year. More than 180 sessions will be video recorded and available online for self-study with CE contact hours June through Oct. 31, 2019.
More than 37.5 hours of continuing education (CE) are available via live sessions, plus you can access NTI Online Sessions during and after the conference offering more CEs.
June 8-12, 2019: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is holding their annual conference for anyone wanting to try a real genuine Georgia peach. Well, that or anyone who wants to learn more about improving women’s health nationwide. As the leading convention for women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nurses, the AWHONN Annual Convention advances the nursing profession by providing nurses with critical information and support to help deliver the highest quality care for women and newborns.
This conference will help you:
- Nurture an environment that supports the contributions of nurses
- Explore strategies to drive change
- Foster connections to improve outcomes
- Access best-practices information you can use throughout your career
- Customize your learning through more than 70 sessions and 161 poster presentations
- Gain the confidence and knowledge to better care for your patients
- Allow you to explore the high-energy Expo Hall and connect with businesses that support the profession
They even provide a justification letter template your employer to help you get the time off and show your boss you’re excited about this opportunity to bring back the newest information to better serve all your patients.
July 23rd – 28th, 2019, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
The National Black Nurses Association represents and provides a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color. Historically, it’s been a progressive organizing and collective action organization. They work with black nurses to investigate, define and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans.
This conference will offer you the very best in continuing education, career development and networking opportunities. The association specializes in education opportunities surrounding heart disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, women’s health, drug abuse, depression, and violence. Members have enjoyed scholarship awards for continuing education, conference attendance, and report excellent opportunities for finding a mentor in your field. If you’re looking for like minded professionals who advocate for communities they care about, this conference is for you!
Here are some other conferences happening nationwide you may want to check out!
May 17-18, 2019 Philadelphia, USA
September 20-21,2019 | San Francisco, California, USA
Theme: The Art and Science of Family Nursing: Transforming Health For Families