On  Wednesday, September 22 to Sunday September 26, nurse managers and nurse executives are gathering at Nursing Management Congress at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas near Dallas. While the Congress is still underway, I wanted to post about how great the conference is going. Preconferences on September 22 and 23rd provided essential skills for new nurse managers and those seeking certification as nurse executive or nurse executive advanced. Plus some attendees explored the Anatomy of a Malpractice Trial.    

    The evening of September 23rd, Nancy McKinstry CEO and Chairman of Wolters Kluwer, (Lippincott's parent company), delivered the opening address. Nancy McKinstry set the stage for the entire Nursing Management Congress by discussing national and international trends in nursing and the demands on nurses' need for information. She demonstrated how advances in technology and information solutions can be integrated into nurses' workflow to help them focus on what is relevant and credible among the enormous volumes of new information available to them.  Nancy McKinstry emphasized the critical importance of nurse managers and nurse executives of placing access to evidence based information at the bedside or clinical area to improve quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of nursing care.

     While the planners of Nursing Management Congresss are serious about providing education, they also like to infuse energetic, motivational, and entertaining presentations in to the program.   The keynote address on Friday, September 24th "performed" by Robin Crow delivered on all three points. His riveting guitar music captivated the nursing audience while he drove home a leadership message of personal accountability for ensuring the success and survice quality in our organizations.

     With a day and a half to go, the participants are enthusiastice about the sessions, new products and opportunities in the exhibital hall, and they are networking and sharing ideas about new practice and management models at the poster sessions.