Dear Fellow SGNO members,
Our 35th Symposium is now behind us. It is fair to say it was great success! So many people have contributed in so many ways to make that symposium into one of our best ever. Again, we thank all our presenters and speakers for contributing new information and educating us all.
I would especially like to thank Amy Brown for her leadership and never-ending energy that vitalizes this symposium, not to mention her contacts with our varied sponsors.
Thank you, Amy Gundelach, our Albuquerque resident and former board member, who did more than I can list here as well as arranged the inspiring Keynote Address by Carolyn Phillips “Songs for the Soul: Celebrating Compassion through Storytelling and Music.”
Last but not least, a special thank you to Vicky Willis, who once again stepped up to the plate and volunteered to become Program Chair for Albuquerque.
It is time now to start preparing for our 36th Annual Symposium in Fort Worth ,Texas. Our catch phase is “Explore New Frontiers of Knowledge.” I was especially excited to hear that Fort Worth is the home to the The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame . It is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West. These women displayed courage and pioneering spirit in their trailblazing efforts. It is located in the Will Rogers complex ,which holds various other museums for you to enjoy. Among the honorees at the Cowgirl Museum is sharpshooter Annie Oakley, writer Laura Ingalls Wilder and Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor. It will certainly be on my top sight-seeing attractions while I am in Fort Worth!
Other attractions include the Forth Worth Stockyards National Historic Section which holds a twice daily cattle drive and the famous Billy Bob's, the worlds largest Honky Tonk. We plan of adjusting one day of the symposium to allow members to take in the cattle drive, explore the Stockyard Area and visit Billy Bob's and learn to line dance!
We are now accepting submissions for podium presentations, roundtable presentations and poster presentations. We have a wide range of symposium members from new graduates to experienced GYN-oncology nurse leaders. We would love to have your submission ! If you have never presented, a poster presentation is a wonderful way to communicate what your unit or hospital is doing. It is a snapshot of something you and your colleagues are doing. What do you want the person walking by your poster to do? Engage in conversation, go off and try to doing something similar where they work or want to collaborate with you and exchange emails? The presenter will be given times they are expected to stand in front of their poster to answer questions. One of my former staff nurses did a first time poster presentation at the 2017 SGNO Symposium in Charlotte and loved the experience so much she did another poster in Albuquerque!
Another relaxed setting and less work than a poster presentation is the roundtable presentation. This is usually a good place to present for the first time for ten of your fellow symposium attendees during a luncheon. The format is flexible. No audiovisual equipment needed. It is an excellent venue for giving and receiving targeted feedback. Usually one-third of the time is for presenting your topic and the remainder is an in-depth discussion with your colleagues on the topic so that you all may share knowledge and network. If this will be your first time and your would like a Board member to sit at your table, we would be happy to help. Handouts are always appreciated by the participants at your table. Many experienced speakers select to do a podium presentation, but we also welcome new presenters. One podium presentation will be the recipient of the Paula Major Lectureship Award. The recipient receives a complimentary registration to attend the symposium and a $500 award. If the presentation is done by two nurses, the award is split.
I hope you consider submitting an abstract for Forth Worth and look forward to seeing everyone April 3rd through 6th.
Carol Prone, BSN, RN
SGNO President 2018-2020