When building the ASC NLC, our goal was for each session to be relevant and valuable to everyone in the room. That value was recognized by the attendees of our inaugural Nurse Leadership Conference, which took place on Feb. 6, 2020. The 54 ASC nurse leaders who gathered in Dallas, Texas — hailing from 22 states and representing multiple surgical specialties — gave feedback that was both forthcoming and unanimous.
“This is the first conference I’ve attended where every speaker gave me something to take back to my ASC. The variety of topics actually encompassed what I do as a nurse leader and addressed the struggles I face on a daily basis. It gave me so many tools to grow and develop myself and my staff. Highly recommend!”
“The ASC Nurse Leadership Conference was just what I was looking for. It had great and pertinent sessions for the ASC leader, which is what drew me to attend this conference over others. The speakers did not disappoint; I loved their enthusiasm and passion to help each of us. It was a very refreshing and inspiring conference.”
At the conclusion of the conference, we asked attendees to share their primary objective or action item. Their goals were bold but practical — and certainly attainable. Upon returning to the surgery center, nurse leaders reported their intentions to:
- Prioritize their own health and well-being by practicing more self-care.
- Maintain a culture of safety by implementing new policies.
- Track ASC financials more thoroughly by establishing better systems.
- Enact or strengthen their open-door policy to facilitate better staff communication.
The entire PSS team was thrilled knowing we had accomplished our goal of providing a worthwhile event that was both inspiring and impactful. It was hard to fathom that just a few weeks later, the world as we knew it would turn upside-down. The pandemic hit hard. The conference seemed like a distant memory as we began to navigate the complicated waters of COVID-19.