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Conference Attendance Justification Toolkit
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In keeping with the Academy of Neonatal Nursing’s mission to provide quality neonatal nursing education, we offer these tools to provide a clear path to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Realizing effective results in your practice is achieved with exposure to new thoughts and ideas that you will experience by attending one of our live conferences. As you attend sessions and network with colleagues, you will open your mind to innovative solutions. ANN Conferences are the most cost-effective, educational, career enhancing experience; and the single best thing you can do to enhance your professional practice.  
We invite you to review the materials in this section to learn more about our National Conferences. This will assist you in communicating the value of participating in a live conference experience to your manager. Your manager or supervisor is sure to appreciate the investment made into your professional development as well as greater knowledge that you can apply directly to patient care.
As a neonatal nurse, we understand that you need to be on the cutting edge and, while treatment strategies evolve and technology advances, it remains the goal of the conference to help you ensure and facilitate the best possible patient outcomes. When you propose attending an ANN Conference, focus specifically on what you will bring back to the unit/hospital to demonstrate return on the investment.
Skills & Knowledge Benefits
State your hospital's or institution's specific goals or needs, and then state how specific components of the conference will help meet those needs.
  1. Which topics or specific sessions have particular relevance to your job, department, or hospital's current priorities and goals or needs? Identify specifically what you can use, and how.

  2. Which of the sessions are most relevant to your skill development, goals, or your unit/hospital's expectations of you? What new skills, techniques, or approaches will you bring back?
Networking Benefits
Attending an ANN Conference will enable you to meet and interact with industry professionals and technical experts from around the country. You will be able to acquire valuable information and insights, gain an understanding of what other nurses and hospitals/organizations are talking about and planning for, and how they are accomplishing certain goals or tackling specific challenges that are similar to your own.
Exhibit Hall Benefits
The exhibit hall will showcase vendors with new products you could use or evaluate for potential future use. It's an opportunity to collect first-hand information and compare competing technologies all in one place. It's also a chance to discover companies you've never heard of before, offering solutions you don't even know about yet, so you can make more informed decisions for current and future projects.

Justification Letter and Reports
Prior to the conference, you will most likely have to submit forms or letters to your supervisor and/or organization to approve the costs associated with attending an ANN Conference. We have created several documents you can use to help with your efforts.
Justification Tips
Three days at an ANN Conference will be the most cost-effective educational and professional development choice you will make all year.
Ten Tips for Building Your Case for Attending the 11th National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference:
  1. Focus on the issues at hand. Explain what you plan to get out of attending and how that will benefit your work, patients, and organization or hospital. Explore the conference session schedule and make a list of the sessions that will help you address those groups.  

  2. Share and present. Offer to share handouts and present Q & A session to your colleagues to share what you learned. They will get the benefits of your attendance, too.

  3. Talk up the takeaways. From networking opportunities to practical takeaways from each session attending a live conference provides information you can put into action when you get home. In addition, you can bring back ideas or solutions from new or improved products and/or services presented in the exhibit hall.

  4. Take advantage of early registration. Register early for lowest registration, hotel, and airfare rates. You can save by signing up before the early registration deadlines. 

  5. Consider status. If your hospital has or is trying to obtain magnet status, remind your supervisor that demonstrating staff participation in continuing education is vital to securing and keeping magnet status.

  6. Call attention to quality. As the premier source for neonatal nursing education, ANN Conferences offer a comprehensive, time-intensive learning environment. Attending the conference is much more cost-effective and time-efficient than participating in multiple seminars or webinars because you get all of the information you need in one place at one time.

  7. Have a plan. Be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.

  8. Be proactive. Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses. Be sure to check out the Conference Registration Pricing page where all the various rates are listed to see if you qualify for any of the lower rates or discounts. Submit an abstract to present at the conference. Remember, poster presenters save $50 and podium presenters save $100 off registration fees.

  9. Build a networking list. Our conferences are an unmatched source for networking, bringing together nurses from across the country and around the world. Make note of speakers, exhibitors, or industry representatives you would like to meet or learn new techniques from.

  10. The value of ANN Conferences. A stand-alone 60-minute CE webinar can cost over $100. However, at ANN Conferences, you can earn up to 29 contact hours of CNE credit for as low as $435 (members early registration price). Attendees get all that CNE and face-to-face networking in just three days (additional pre-conferece day available), meaning fewer days out of the office, lower travel costs, and immediate results.
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