2014 ANA Quality Conference!

Don't miss out! The American
Nurses Association is bringing the profession's best and brightest together next February in Phoenix, AZ to share their expertise in three key areas: sustaining a culture of quality and safety, measuring and reporting of performance results, and creating unique approaches to continuing improvement. Engage with patient care experts and your colleagues, as we explore leading practices, the newest research,
and the impact of quality-focused innovations at the 2014 ANA
Quality Conference.  Register now!

Call for Abstracts - ICN 2015 Conference

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is delighted to invite you to submit an abstract for the ICN Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea. June 19-23, 2015. With the theme “Global Citizen, Global Nursing”, the ICN 2015 Conference will provide a global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries.

To share your ideas, research and expertise on how to provide quality care, improve populations’ equity and access to health care or contribute to further advance nursing knowledge and practice, you are invited to submit an abstract. Read more

Change Ahead: Seminar Series for Developing Nurse Leaders

ANA and Capella have partnered together to bring you an exciting 2-part series, Change Ahead: Seminar Series for Developing Nurse Leaders, on Dec. 17 and Jan. 23 that offers real world strategies, learning through case studies and access to experts in the field. Sign up today and start positioning yourself for maximum impact, build the leadership skills you need to adapt and manage change as well as build and develop resilient teams. Sign up for the entire series, save up to 20% and receive 4 CNE credit hours.

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Addiction Medicine in Primary Care: Expert Practice Series Presentations

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) partnered with QuantiaMD to develop an Addiction Medicine in Primary Care lecture series. In eight brief presentations, the nation’s leading experts—including Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA—provide information about addiction research, responsible opioid prescribing practices, reimbursement for screening and brief intervention, and characteristics of medications used to treat alcohol and drug use disorders.

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ANA Leadership Institute Seminar: Develop a Resilient Team

December 17, 2013

Rapid change in health care today makes being able to adapt and manage in this environment a key component to your overall success. Having a roadmap on how to turn change into exciting possibilities and transform challenges into opportunities benefits all developing nurse leaders. The Dec. 17 live seminar from the ANA Leadership Institute – Develop a Resilient Team – will equip you with tools and strategies to help you build, motivate, and manage a flexible team and impact your ability to navigate through change at your organization.

ANA members save up to 40% – click here for more information.

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Upcoming Events

December 17, 2013
Navigate Nursing Webinar - Navigating Shiftwork: 5 Tips for Managing Fatigue

January 23, 2014
ANA Leadership Institute - Change Ahead: Seminar Series for Developing Leaders: Create a Culture of Excellence

February 5-7, 2014
ANA 8th Annual Nursing Quality Conference™

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