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Friday, October 12, 2018

Wrapping up NM Congress2018

Attendees, speakers, and organizers gathered September 24-28 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the 39th annual Nursing Management Congress. Brett Culp, a filmmaker whose nonprofit organization The Rising Heroes Project produces documentaries on uplifting, real-life stories to inspire personal growth, highlighted the week on Wednesday morning with a keynote address on leadership. Speaking to about 1,000 nurse leaders, Culp centered his address around what it takes to be a leader and supplemented his message by sharing the inspiring stories of his film subjects.

Activities got underway at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort with a number of pre-conference workshops before Elizabeth Angelo kicked off the conference Tuesday night with an opening session that explored tools for building personal and professional resilience.

Along with dozens of breakout sessions across Wednesday and Thursday, Congress included four additional general sessions. Conference Chairperson Pamela Hunt, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, opened Thursday with a session on the daily work of the nurse leader and the impact of nurse leaders' decisions on patients. Linda Laskowski Jones, editor-in-chief of the Nursing2018 journal, presented a unique session on Friday morning that highlighted leadership lessons we can learn from the behaviors and social hierarchy of wolves, and Linda Stimmel simulated a real trial to demonstrate the pressures and pitfalls of a deposition and trial of a nurse. Faith Brennan Roberts wrapped up the event with a closing presentation that examined the evolutionary process of a nurse from student to practitioner to leader and explored why we do the things we do through the metaphoric use of a Northeastern folktale about a crab bucket.

Congress planners held a ceremony to recognize the winner of the 2018 Richard Hader Visionary Leader Award, Dr. Lori Colineri, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, a CNO who has worked to transform the work environment and improve outcomes for patients and families at hospitals in RWJ Barnabas Health's Southern Region. Organizers also announced this year's NM Congress Poster Award winners. Christie Muza, MSN, RN, CEN, and Kathleen Flinn of UPMC took the contest's top spot with their project, "Overcoming Nurse manager Overload—Building a Resilient Nurse Manager." Lori Parrot and Crista Shronk of Cook Children's Medical Center were the runners-up with their poster, titled, "I'm a New Nurse Manager, Now What?"

We're thrilled to announce that Nursing Management Congress2019 will take place October 15-19 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans! A special thanks to our attendees, speakers, and planners, as well as to Disney and the hotel staff at Coronado Springs for allowing us to host another great conference.