On March 25, 2017, NYSPANA District 8 held a conference. I would like to acknowledge my team for all the time and effort that they put into making this conference an outstanding success: Carol Cramer, Mary Ann Servidio and Kathy Pecoraro.
We held what we called an old fashioned conference. Due to our excellent relationship with our chosen venue, The Hyatt House in Fishkill, NY, we were able to provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack as well as handouts in the price of the conference.
When we began planning our conference, we expected about 35 attendees and hoped for 50. What we got far exceeded our expectations. We had 110 attendees and had to turn away at least 25 applicants, we had a waiting list. We had attendees from all over NY, NJ, and CT. Hyatt House gave room discounts to people on our attendance list.
The offerings of our conference were: ERAS-Enhanced Recovery After Surgery; Perioperative Management of Orthopedic Patients; Perioperative Screening; Retirement: Will You Be Ready?; Anticoagulants & the Importance of Drug Timing and Malignant Hyperthermia.
Our vendors provided baskets for door prizes instead of vendor fees. Our winners were Marilyn Cockren, Claire Doxford, Rebecca Imbornoni, Rosanne Neudeck, Seung Hyun Oh, Nicole Starzee, Debbie Statler and Francesca Viola. We held a 50/50 raffle with $250 split between Healing the Children and Rett Syndrome research.
In the spirit of giving back to our attendees, everyone received a $20 scholarship which most promptly used with our vendors. We also gave out 10 $100 scholarships picked from our attendance list. Our winners are Deidre Carney, Kathleen Doyle, Suzanne Gain, Eileen Harding, Alice Joseph, Joanne Leven, Maureen Meaney, Christen, Parker, Chedita C. Salvador and Prema Thompson. The conference got rave reviews.
I would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of our District members. If you or a colleague achieve a certification or win a nursing award, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, I would like to encourage my District 8 colleagues who are not currently certified to consider taking the plunge.
We look forward to hosting an ASPAN conference in the Fall. More information to follow.
Pam Werner, RN, District 8 President