I'm presenting at a national conference!!! Help! - page 2

In addition to my work as a staff RN, I do research into all things night shift related. My MSN capstone is being published later this year in a peer-reviewed journal. (I cannot believe I just typed... Read More

  1. by   CountyRat
    Prepare yourself by finishing the following sentence: "If my colleagues get only one thing out of my poster, I want to be sure that that one thing is _______________________________________________."

    This is your Main Mesage. Keep it central in your mind and the periferals will come into clearer focus.

    And, enjoy your day in the sun. You have achieved something admirable. Be sure to cellebrate it!
  2. by   xoemmylouox
    Sounds like you have gotten lots of good advice so far.. So all I am going to say is CONGRATS and GOOD LUCK!!
  3. by   meanmaryjean
    I'm home from the conference. I was the ONLY staff nurse there. 900 bigwigs and me!

    However, many, many conference attendees viewed my poster and I was able to speak 1:1 with dozens of them. Gave out a ton of business cards, and had several inquiries as to whether I would come to other hospitals and speak about my research!

    AND I got to stay at the Chicago Hilton (look for some pics on google images- it's elegant beyond comprehension) including a business dinner in the Grand Ballroom. They were filming a movie in the hotel while I was there, and my room had a view of Lake Michigan.

    All in all, an awesome week! Thanks to all of you- I felt totally prepared!
  4. by   xoemmylouox
    Congrats!!! I'm glad it went do well for you. Hopefully this opens a lot of doors for you.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    You might not be a staff nurse for long ....

  6. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from GrnTea
    You might not be a staff nurse for long ....

    You know- I sincerely love bedside PICU nursing. I love my job. I love our docs and all of my co-workers and my manager. Really!

    But- I want so badly to get my research out there to benefit all the other night shift nurses in the world. I had a few people ask me if I travel!!! How cool would that be?
  7. by   LadyFree28
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    UPDATE: The same conference contacted me a couple months ago asking for a speaking/ workshop abstract. Sent it.

    They emailed me today - I'm going to VEGAS, getting paid to talk about my research, airfare, hotel (the Mirage!) the whole nine yards.

    I've never been to Vegas before!! Super-excited.

    I'm also doing a poster and a podium at the Pathway to Excellence Conference in San Antonio in May (think: 'Magnet Lite'), and have proposals in to several other conferences. Better be getting my PowerPoint on!
  9. by   Esme12
    Good for you!!!!
  10. by   LadyFree28
    Whoo Hoo!!!

    You are my inspiration-when I nurse-grow up I hope to be able to experience this -with a different interest that I have..

    Can't wait for more updates!!!
  11. by   xoemmylouox
    This is fantastic. Who knows what is next for you.