This past October, Nursing Management Congress2019: The Conference for Excellence in Nursing Leadership® took place in exciting New Orleans, La. The 1,000 nurse leaders who attended were treated to a wide array of evidence-based educational sessions full of comprehensive, results-oriented patient care approaches ready for implementation as soon as they returned home.
Preconference workshops took up the first 2 days, where attendees learned key strategies for advancing leadership with new manager intensive sessions, prep courses for nursing leadership certification, and more. Wednesday night's opening session was an engaging presentation by Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and CNO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, Pa. Jeff encouraged attendees to cultivate courage and confidence in the face of workplace challenges and sharpen their leadership skillset.
After Jeff's inspiring session, a welcome reception was held in the exhibit hall, where attendees visited exhibitor booths, viewed poster presentations, grabbed a bite to eat, and networked with fellow nurse leaders from around the country.
Thursday morning began with the presentation of the annual Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award, which recognizes a nurse leader who promotes a positive work environment, advances clinical practice, and motivates his or her team toward a shared vision. This year's recipient was Iesha Bethley, MSN, RN, CMSRN, neurology unit nurse manager at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. You can read more about Iesha's accomplishments in the January 2020 issue of Nursing Management. Congratulations Iesha!
After the awards ceremony, our keynote address on “Becoming Unbreakable: Unleashing the Power of Purpose” was presented by award-winning musician Brant Menswar. Through music, humor, and storytelling, Brant provided insight into overcoming obstacles at work and in our everyday lives.
The rest of the day was jam-packed with 16 breakout sessions on dealing with difficult patients, project management, lessons learned from active shooter incidents, detoxifying your work environment, and more.
Friday morning's general session was led by conference chairperson Pamela Hunt, MSN, BS, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services/chief nursing executive at Community Health Network North Region in Indianapolis, Ind. She discussed true leadership, addressing what a true leader looks like. The day continued with 12 more breakout sessions on succession planning, cognitive reframing, ethical leadership, and many more. To wrap up this busy day, Rick Evans, MA, senior vice president and chief experience officer at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital, gave an energizing session on improving patient satisfaction. Rick provided attendees with tactics to engage staff and move the patient experience needle.
In the short time between sessions and workshops, nurse leaders had professional photos taken in the headshot booth and hopefully got a little time away to enjoy the hustle and bustle of New Orleans' French Quarter.
The last day of Congress2019 featured three general sessions on becoming legendary, the runaway train of drug misuse and abuse, and an inspiring talk on building agility to end the conference.
After a week of intensive education, attendees headed home with a renewed sense of what it means to be a nurse leader and how they can improve not only their professional lives, but also the lives of their employees and their patients.
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Next year's Congress is set for September 21 to 25 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nev. Mark your calendar andfollow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on registration, continuing-education information, and program details.We hope to see you there!