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Hundreds of attendees were treated to an unparelleled variety of sessions and exhibits at the 30th annual Nursing Management Congress in Chicago. From the inspirational-such as opening session speaker Faith Roberts' crab bucket analogy, keynote presenter Matthew Kelly's treaty on the myth of work-life balance, and closing session speaker Erik Wahl's presentation "The Art of Vision"-to the practical, such as the preconference new manager intensive and breakout sessions on achieving Magnet(R) status, improving interdisciplinary communication, understanding generational differences, and implementing health IT to name just a few, Congress2009 had something for everyone in attendance to help improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of their care delivery and nursing practice.

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In addition to the general and breakout sessions and exhibit hall, attendee-submitted posters detailing unique and innovative practices were also a highlight. Nursing Management is pleased to announce the Congress2009 planning panel poster winner: "Smart sleep: Implementing a creative sleep education program for new nurse graduates" by Cheryl Burnette, MEd, RN, CPLP, Nurse Retention Coordinator, Centra Health, Lynchburg, Va. The people's choice poster winner was "Promoting individual accountability through peer review" by Kermilia Moorer-Whitehead, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Department Director, 4SE Community Pediatrics, Children's Health System, Birmingham, Ala. Both presentations will be featured in an upcoming issue of Nursing Management journal.

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We're also pleased to announce our 2009 Visionary Leader-Deborah Kumar, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Medical Division, The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, Pa.-who will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Nursing Management.

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If you were in attendance at Congress2009, you can download sessions online as true multimedia recreations with synchronized slides, handouts, and much more for FREE. You can even download the sessions in MP3 format to your iPod for portable listening!! Listen to a motivating, informative keynote address or hear a compelling session that you might have missed. Visit for more information.


Make sure to save the date for Congress2010 to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., September 22 to 25, 2010, so you don't miss out on any of the action.


Nursing Management would like to thank all of the session presenters, poster presenters, exhibitors, and most of all the attendees for making Congress2009 such a success. See you next year in Nashville!!