Posted By Jenna A. Bertini,
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Attending the 2016 Joint Conference for the first time can be
a lot to take in all at once, especially in a new environment. Joining
educational sessions, networking with thousands of like-minded professionals
and absorbing new information can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Do not fear!
The Joint Conference is a great way to meet new people and learn about new
practices and products to advance your professional work.
In this blog post,
you will learn a few tricks of the trade to help you navigate and enjoy your
first time at the 2016 WOCN Society & CAET Joint Conference in Montreal.
1. Prior to the meeting, do your research, organize and prepare.
Watch the "What To Know Before You Go" video. Nurse Nancy can help you with any last minute travel preparations!
Review the Conference Program to be aware of event times, sessions, speakers and the Exhibit and Poster Hall.
Mark the events, presentations, etc. that you want to attend ahead of time.
Don't miss out on the Innovation Theater, where you will learn about new WOC products and services.
Located at the end of Aisle 100 running from Sunday, June 5 through Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
Networking with people in your sessions. Meet AT LEAST 2 new people every day. Make a note of names, titles and how you met them on the back of their business cards.
Look for windows of free time to engage in tourist activities to make the most of your trip!
Post your adventures to social media with the hashtag #WOCNCAET16.
3. Upon departing the Joint Conference and returning home, take the opportunity to follow up with contacts and references.
Write down the names of events you attended and the names of people you connected with.
Check your MyWOCN mobile app and the notes you made while on-site
Follow up with your contacts by connecting on LinkedIn, Facebook and sending emails to maintain contact. Use your contacts for your professional advancement.
Write down the events that were most helpful or interesting for you, and why. Looking back in hindsight can help you gauge which sessions are right for you for next year's conference!
Following these tricks will help attendees have a positive,
productive experience at the 2016 WOCN & CAET Joint Conference. Attending
the Joint Conference is an excellent experience for any healthcare
professional. You will gain invaluable knowledge about the industry, engage in
numerous networking opportunities and make lasting memories all while advancing
your career. We look forward to seeing you!