We just finished another successful annual National Teaching Institute (NTI) in May in Denver, Colorado. As I spent time at sessions and walking around the Convention Center, I heard many participants discussing what wonderful presentations they were attending – new ideas, thought-provoking dialogue, and innovations they could bring back to their own institutions to improve the care of their patients.
As I listened to these comments repeated throughout the conference, I couldn’t help but wonder about those who weren’t able to attend NTI in person. How do they get access to the ideas, innovations, and content presented? Certainly they can through options such as the online updates and listening to tapes of the presentations. But what happens 18 months from now when even those who attended NTI wished they could remember more of the content details they heard? This is where publishing comes into the picture!
Presentations are wonderful opportunities to share knowledge, challenges, and solutions and get immediate interaction with an audience to dialogue about those ideas. However, consider that presentations reach 50, 100, possibly 500 participants in the moment, while publishing the same content can disseminate the information to thousands across the globe and be accessible for years to come.
For all of you who have taken the time to develop a well-thought out presentation for NTI or another conference, the next natural step is to turn that presentation into a manuscript for publication which provides enduring content long after the presentation. If you haven’t published before, a useful reference on how to turn that presentation into a manuscript is: Alspach, JG. (2010). Converting Your Presentation into a Journal Publication: A Guide for Nurses. Critical Care Nurse, 30(2):8.
So if you’ve recently presented a timely topic to rave reviews, consider extending the access of your content to many more through publication. Your colleagues will thank you for it!
Mary Fran Tracy, RN, PhD, CCNS