I hope many of you attended the great conference in Pittsburgh! Tracy Albee and the 2010 Conference Committee put together an exceptional program full of diverse educational sessions and unique networking events. It was wonderful to see many of you there.
I am honored to begin my term as AALNC President, and appreciate all the guidance I received from Su Langroth. I am looking forward to a great year working with a talented Board of Directors who are eager to serve AALNC.
As announced as the business meeting in Pittsburgh, AALNC is looking for new ways to communicate with our members. We have decided to use this blog to provide you with updates, and will be discontinuing Network News. Hopefully you will hear from us more often this way, rather than quarterly via the newsletter. As President, I will be writing to you via the blog, and also plan to invite a few guest bloggers.
Earlier this year AALNC asked you to participate in a short online survey regarding our conference structure. Based on your feedback, recommendations have been made for the Board of Directors to change the format of the National Education Conference for 2011.
The 2011 Conference will be a 1 1/2 day conference, taking place over a weekend. We feel this will be a win-win situation, giving you an opportunity to participate in quality educational offerings with minimal time away from work. The conference will take place in April in Baltimore, which will provide easy access whether you're driving or flying.
It is anticipated that educational offerings will be in 2 tracks - meeting the needs of the beginning LNC and the more seasoned LNC. We hope these changes will provide you with professional development opportunities, in a more convenient and concise time frame. More details will be released as they become available, so stay tuned for further info in the coming months.
If the spring conference is successful, we hope to plan a second educational conference in the fall of 2011, in a location west of the Mississippi.
There is still more to tell - I look forward to updating you soon on the plans for our webinar series, and the incredible progress AALNC has made in our Strategic Alliances! Stay tuned for more info...........
Karen J. Huff, BSN RN LNCC