AACN News—August 1998—Conference Targets Leadership Skills

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Vol. 15, No. 8, AUGUST 1998



Leadership skills for today and tomorrow will be nurtured at the Leadership Connections ’98 conference, October 17 through 20 in the Washington, D.C., area.

Set at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, Va., this program offers a 1-day preconference (see related article, page 3) as well as 3 days of leadership development and networking opportunities, designed to meet a range of interests and needs. The content is specialized for bedside nurses, managers, educators, researchers, advanced practice nurses, and
chapter leaders.

In addition, companies will exhibit products and services at the conference. For more information about exhibiting opportunities, available on October 18 and 19, call (800) 809-2273 and ask to speak to Kathy Compton, exhibits manager, ext. 367, or A.J. Lipscomb, exhibits coordinator, ext. 509.

Up to 27 continuing education credits can be earned by attending the main conference. An additional 6.5 CE credits are available for attending the preconference.

Keynote speakers for Leadership Connections ’98 bring a depth of expert knowledge and vision.

Leading off on October 18 will be John Nance, an aviation analyst for ABC television and aviation editor for “Good Morning America.” A best-selling author, he has become a prominent voice in healthcare circles on communication teamwork and risk management. “Communication and Effective Teamwork” is his topic.
Nance will be followed by Marilyn Moats Kennedy, founder and managing partner of Career Strategies, a career consulting firm in Illinois. She is also publisher of Kennedy’s Career Strategist, a newsletter featuring articles on career planning, job hunting, and office politics. Kennedy will speak about “Putting Caring
Back Into Your Career.” Denise Geolot, RN, PhD, FAAN, acting director of the Division of Nursing of the U.S. Public Health Service, will provide the federal perspective in her speech on “Current and Future Trends of Nursing” on October 19. Geolot is responsible for administering federal programs that provide for development of the national nursing workforce. In addition, she is a national and international consultant on nursing education and practice and helped lead the development of the graduate nurse practitioner program. Geolot was formerly on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Nursing.
On October 20, Reed Morton, director of the Healthcare Executive Career Resource Center, will speak at an awards luncheon session. His speech is titled “Career Algebra: C=B+A; Finding Control Using Assessment and Balance.” Morton has directed health planning for public agencies and private health systems. He formerly headed the Hospital Leadership Project for the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition, he coordinated the Carolinas Healthcare Leadership Demonstration Project and several task forces on career development.
Closing the conference will be Marla E. Salmon, RN, ScD, FAAN, professor, associate dean, and director of graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pa. She will focus on “Nursing Leadership for the 21st Century: The Past is Prologue….” Salmon served 7 years as director of the Division of Nursing for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she administered federal programs that supported the development of the national nursing workforce.

Leadership Connections ’98 participants will have a number of opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country and meet the AACN leadership team including President Mary McKinley, RN, MSN, CCRN, and other board members as well as national office staff members. On October 19, they will conduct a Town Hall Meeting, in which participants can ask questions of and discuss issues with them.
An “Ask the Experts” networking reception is planned in conjunction with the opening of exhibits on October 18.

The “early bird” discounted fee for conference registrations postmarked by September 15, 1998, is $335 for AACN members and $435 for nonmembers. After September 15, the fee is $385 for AACN members and $485 for nonmembers.
For more information or to register for Leadership Connections ’98, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or visit the AACN home page at www.aacn.org. Registration forms can also be faxed to (949) 362-2020.

Preconference Examines Situational Leadership

A 1-day preconference on Situational Leadership is offered October 17, 1998, in conjunction with Leadership Connections ’98 in the Washington, D.C. area. (See related story, page 1.)

Led by Ron Campbell, president of the Center for Leadership Studies, this preconference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The 3-day Leadership Connections conference begins on October 18.
Campbell will provide participants tools to help them become more responsive leaders and improve the commitment, motivation, and success of their teams. The workshop focuses on ways to more effectively manage people, use leadership skills to increase the productivity of followers, and match leadership styles to the needs of people and to the demands of any situation.
During 20 years of consulting and training experience, Campbell has worked with international clients in the public and private sectors. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in management, personnel administration, statistics, and organizational behavior.
The fee for the preconference is $195.

For more information or to register, call (800) 899-AACN (2226) or visit the AACN home page at www.aacn.org. Registration forms can also be faxed to (949) 362-2020.
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