HOME AND AWAY: At ENA’s Hybrid Conference, You Can Have It All

Rashonda Legault
Rashonda Legault

No one enjoys making difficult choices.

And for emergency nurses, one of the most challenging is picking one session to attend out of the blizzard of great events at ENA’s annual educational and networking conference.

Fortunately, Emergency Nursing 2021 – A Hybrid Xperience will make those difficult choices much easier. All the “learning hour” and “fast track” sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand replay through January 2022 to all EN21 attendees, virtual and in-person. About half of those will be live-streamed on the Swapcard platform, which will be home base for virtual attendees and the place for in-person attendees to go to catch up on the things they missed in Orlando.

“Our attendees are always saying, ‘How do I choose? They all look good.’ This year it will be great, because you won’t have to pick one,” observed Rashonda Legault, senior manager of ENA Learning Experiences. “And, if someone can’t get into a session because the room is full or because of a time conflict, they’ll be able to go back and view it afterward online.”

All attendees will also have access to 20 on-demand sessions, which will become available at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Sept. 22 — the first day of conference. Start planning your itinerary with the online schedule.

In-person admission for all four days of conference is $750 for ENA members, $250 for students and $850 for non-members (the non-member rate includes a complimentary one-year membership). Virtual registration is $199 for all participants. With a new group rate, registering a group of five attendees makes a sixth registration free. If an attendee’s plans change, the in-person and virtual registrations can be converted at no additional cost. Online registration is ongoing.

Virtual attendees will be able to use Swapcard to watch general sessions, the opening and closing keynote sessions, and the mass casualty incident drill on Sept. 22. Swapcard also enables virtual attendees to chat with each other, hold private video meetings and interact with presenters at live-streamed sessions.

In 2020, the global pandemic prompted ENA conference planners to develop a fully online annual meeting, EN20X – A Virtual Xperience. Across the board, the more than 4,200 virtual attendees lamented the loss of seeing other ENA members in person but appreciated the value and flexibility of having sessions available for replay.