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

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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 that sentence :) ) ... Read More


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    If the conference is giving CEUs for attending the poster sessions, they will probably ask you for one to three questions for the attendees to answer after viewing yours. Write them in behavioral/objective terms because you want to have them demonstrate what they learned. "Attendee will describe the difference between two pain rating scales," "Attendee will state three positive effects of the intervention applied in this situation," "Attendee will state two limitations of this study with suggestions for further investigation."

    Comfy shoes for SURE. People attending will also have sore feet from going all around the exhibits and will smile at your Danskos or Birkenstocks even when paired with your good suit. I'd wear the suit, not business casual, because the general rule is to dress like the people who will be your bosses, and this is a nursing mgmt conference. You're gonna need one anyway, go shopping. I got a fabulous suit for less money online knowing it wouldn't fit me and paid the extra $ to have it altered. Worth it to save the time I would have spent going all over town looking for one I liked

    The conference may be compiling all presentations, videos, posters, handouts, etc. into a disk or download for attendees, so make yours up in PDF or whatever they ask for and get them in soon. They usually ask for a brief bio too, and perhaps a picture. (Call and ask them, because you don't want to have to do it at the last minute just because some support person forgot to send out the email )

    You can get good-looking business cards pretty cheap from Vistaprint-- don't do the DIY ones on your printer at home. You want your name, credentials, position, and contact phone and email on the front, and the topic of your presentation and the name of the conference and its date and venue on the back, so the people who pick it up will remember you later.

    Rule of thumb for handouts is 1/3 the number of attendees, and the conference will probably have a business center that will make you more if you need them in a hurry at the end. Bring a copy to photocopy and an electronic copy of everything on a thumb drive.

    Last: They always have jewelry and scarf-ish-like stuff vendors at these things. Get yourself something nice as a souvenir!
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    Thank you so much. I've already submitted my three objectives to the conference, and the bio was a part of the application process.
    Comfy shoes? Check- After 36 years at the bedside, all I OWN are comfy shoes (well, except my 'meeting Peyton Manning at a fancy party' shoes- those are out!)
    Business wear? Check- I have a black skirt, black dress pants and three jackets. Should do for a three day conference.
    Business cards? Check - I <3 Vistaprint.

    The poster place just called to verify my address, so it's being shipped this afternoon.

    Right now I am in the midst of packing my youngest up to leave Wednesday for her freshman year of college. This was my critically-ill-we-need-to-have-the-ECMO-conversation-baby who tried really, really hard to NOT stay alive. Thwarted by the power of prayer, she is now a lovely, quirky, mature 18-year-old wannabe occupational therapist.

    My life is pretty darned good right now.
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    I only wanted to say CONGRATS!!!
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    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!
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    Sounds like you have gotten lots of good advice so far.. So all I am going to say is CONGRATS and GOOD LUCK!!
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    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!
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    Congrats!!! I'm glad it went do well for you. Hopefully this opens a lot of doors for you.
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    You might not be a staff nurse for long ....

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    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?
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    Congrats!!!


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