The Student Nurses Association of Arizona did a fine job with their First Annual Mid-Year Convention held at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation Building on the downtown Phoenix ASU campus. Caroline Branch, hosted the event and introduced each speaker.
SNAYC (Yavapai College) was well represented at the conference, filling a row of tables. Great turnout, Yavapai College!
Arriving at 10, I experienced the LinkedIn workshop:
LinkedIn Workshop, hosted by Dayna M. Mathews
Make your linkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/ which is free and can bring hundreds of leads to your career search. Ms. Mathews recommended all nurses and nursing students follow these LinkedIn groups:
Nursing Network 40,825 members
RN (Registered Nurse) Network 50,626 members
NURSING JOBS 20,001 members (awww, darn. closed to new members)
Nursing Student Network 8,542 members
Nursing Professionals 7,192 members
At LinkedIn, those letters of recommendation become a huge credibility boost. If possible, I will attempt to get both: hardcopy letters and LinkedIn recommendations. Here is how mine LinkedIn looks. I am going to work on LinkenIn for an hour each week as Ms. Mathews suggested, so it is still a work in progress:
I followed Ms. Mathews on LinkedIn and to her credit, a return follow was done within a day. She is a solid LinkedIn participant and I intend on becoming one as well. What good is talent and degrees if know one knows you exist? Good marketing has always been key to career success.
Health Care Reform – The Tsunami, hosted by Denise G. Link, PhD, MSN, Clinical Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Dr. Link presented a dynamic slide set providing an overview of the radical changes that The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA, Obamacare). The underlying theme in her presentation was “What Nurses do Matters”. I requested the powerpoint from her, but they too must be on Spring break. Much deserved, I can imagine.
Study Skills and Organization for Nursing School with Trini Sandoval, Counseling Department, Glendale Community College
Lots of one-liner ideas were being thrown around this unusual but interesting breakout session. Here were a few standouts:
You need to go to the gym. Read Nursing on the treadmill.
Use colors to code the Nursing process
Skim reading assignments. Do not reread. Look for summary. Transpose in Quizlet.
Then make it relevant in clinicals.
Ask, “but why?” to build critical thinking skills.
Learn at the level you are expected to learn.
Avoid ‘to do’ lists. Make a ‘DONE’ list instead.
Find out your learning style http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire
and my results: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=visual
and I am multimodal http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page_content/multimodality.htm
and my personal favorite, from a student: Horses lick their lips when they “get it” from the lesson. Perhaps we should too. (pass the chap-stik).
Overall the conference was useful and interesting. I hope to attend again next year.