April President's Message
Having just returned from the Congress meeting in New Orleans, I can honestly say I am both exhausted and invigorated simultaneously! This year was, without a doubt, one of the most successful Congresses ever (probably, of course, due to the National President being from Chicago!).
A couple of points to take away:
- Number of first time Congress attendees: 1400. I was blown away by this number. I have never seen this many first timers since my own first Congress in 1996. The implications are many, but the most important in my eyes is the fact that the growth of Congress, and our organization by extension, is readily apparent. Membership numbers are extremely important, but Congress attendance can be argued to be even more critical. As an organization, the annual Congress meeting is the one venue we make enough cash to fund all of the activities National is known for, in addition to the services provided to members. A strong showing at Congress sends a message to our vendors that we are a powerful force, and one that they need to keep attending. We have seen, in the past, a decline in vendors at Congress. I believe that trend will stop after this year's meeting. Once again, an awesome showing of Perioperative Nursing. Plus, it was helpful to be back in New Orleans; we have not been there since 2005 and it is a popular venue. I think everyone really enjoyed the hospitality that New Orleans is famous for.
Attendance, in general, was very good for this year. As of Thursday evening, here are the official numbers:
~ Attendees/Health care professionals: 5,371
~ Exhibitors: 4,828 attendees
We will be discussing all the events at the meeting Wednesday evening at Northwestern. Please join us to hear all about Congress, and if you went, please chime in on your experience. Anne Marie Herlehy will be there as well, and I'm certain she has some interesting perspectives as National President and what it is like to run a Congress meeting.
Further, Lisa Kwasigroch will be presenting to us on "Pressure Reduction in the OR".
Looking forward to seeing everyone,