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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Attending conferences -- who pays?
During this year’s Symposium in March, the main topic of conversation among nurses seemed to be about how many nursing employers do not fund attendance at professional conferences given the current economy. Several nurses commented that they felt committed to funding their own conference attendance as a part of their personal professional development—it was a gift they gave themselves. What about you? Does your employer fund conferences, workshops, etc. to help you improve your practice? If not, are you able to do it yourself? Do you find conferences and workshops valuable to your career as a nurse? Share your thoughts below!
I do find workshops valuable to my career. My employer has always funded workshops for me, up to a yearly budgeted amount.
About the Author

Linda Laskowski-Jones
Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, FAWM, is editor-in-chief of Nursing and vice president of Emergency, Trauma, and Aeromedical Services at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware.