Emergency Nursing 2022, held Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the Colorado Convention Center, is an opportunity for emergency nurses to “reconnect, recharge and reunite as a community and as an ENA family,” said ENA Conference Education Planning Committee Co-Chair Bradley Rund.
As ENA’s premier networking and education event gets underway in Denver, Rund and fellow Planning Committee Co-Chair Heidi Gilbert share their excitement about the association’s first conference to be held in-person since 2019.
What advice do you have for attendees to make the most of their time at Emergency Nursing 2022?
Gilbert: “I would definitely recommend downloading the Emergency Nursing 2022 mobile app because that gives attendees the agendas and different opportunities they can go to in the palm of their hand.
“If you have not been to conference before or if you’ve only attended the online conference, there will be a meet-and-greet event oriented to newbies, and I recommend you attend that.”
Rund: “There’s so much to see and do in Denver, but don’t get caught up in going out. Try to stay close and recharge and reconnect with us. Being here is about being able to network and be part of the ENA community.”
What are you looking forward to the most at conference?
Rund: “I’m looking forward to seeing people who I gained friendships with internationally in the past who I haven’t been able to network with or learn from in-person for the past three years. Sometimes learning comes from just having a simple sit-down conversation at lunch with these very knowledgeable people. Having that ability to sit in front of them and learn from the experts in emergency nursing is truly an amazing thing.”
Gilbert: “I love the education offerings, obviously, but the peer networking opportunities that we have missed for the past three years will be invaluable. I recommend any opportunity to network, starting with the Rocky Mountain Adventure welcome party on Saturday night.”
What should attendees know about this year’s programming?
Gilbert: “The Conference Education Planning Committee worked very hard so that each hour, or each half hour if it’s the Fast Track, has something for everyone. So, whether you’re an educator or in leadership or you want something pediatric-focused, there are diverse topics each hour or each half hour. Hopefully everyone can find something that resonates.”
Attendees can earn more than 50 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours at Emergency Nursing 2022.
Rund: “We tried to take the approach of let’s try to get the most value out of this by covering as many topics as possible. We want attendees to gain more than just clinical knowledge or more than just management knowledge, but to be able to bind those all together.”
Emergency Nursing 2022 has a Digital Access component. What does that mean for attendees on site and those participating remotely?
Rund: “Some of us work in smaller hospitals and we can’t all travel to Denver or we’re limited in the ways that we can travel, so being able to access the conference and this international wealth of knowledge online is truly a benefit for our profession, our hospitals and our patients.”
Digital Access registrants will be able to watch select sessions live on the Emergency Nursing 2022 meeting platform. They will be able to chat in real time with other participants and actually be part of the conference from wherever they are.
Ten pre-recorded sessions are available now. Recordings of sessions that are livestreamed from Denver will be available within a few weeks of the conclusion of the conference.
Rund: “Everybody will have access to the recorded sessions until Jan. 31, 2023, which will be a huge value because there are so many great presentations that you might not be able to catch one live if you have two at the same time that you really want to see. You’re going to be able to go back and see that second one. It eases a lot of stress.”