Dress for a great outdoors adventure but be ready for some indoor fun with your ENA friends at the Rocky Mountain Adventure welcome party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 1, at the Colorado Convention Center.
Members are encouraged to wear hiking outfits, outdoor gear or even dress après-ski, like you just came back from the slopes. The event will have an outdoorsy feel featuring food, drinks and a dance party with live entertainment. Look for a huge indoor inflatable slide and other surprises.
The next night, on Oct. 2, features a more low-key gathering, ENA After Dark, held from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Colorado across the street from the conference center.
While the ENA Foundation welcome party is an annual conference staple, this year’s in-person shindig is shaping up to be a much-anticipated social event, said ENA Foundation Director Lise Jinno.
“It’s an opportunity for nurses to have fun, to be social, to network — but mostly to have fun,” Jinno said. “People dress up every year in the party’s theme, and it usually ends up being a really fun night.”
The party, which is sponsored by the Nurses Service Organization, is included in the full conference registration. Attendees can also choose the Party with a Purpose admission upgrade, which includes welcome party perks and ENA After Dark add-ons. Pre-registration is required for the upgrade and those tickets cost $110.
The Party with a Purpose ticket price includes a limited-edition Foundation accessory, fast pass access to select welcome party activities, two drinks at the event and a dedicated bar at the welcome party, plus one drink at ENA After Dark, Jinno said. The Party with a Purpose package includes a donation to the Foundation, with proceeds helping support scholarships and research grants.
ENA After Dark, intended as a social and networking event held after most attendees have eaten dinner, launched in January at Leadership Orientation. It was designed as a low-key ENA-focused alternative to help attendees gather to enjoy a drink together, she said.
“We’re glad we can continue that at the conference this year,” Jinno said.