Get Energized: Hear World Class Speakers, Learn about Cutting Edge Topics, “Experience” Advocacy and earn CEUs!!!

Every year when April rolls around I can’t wait to head to our Nation’s Capitol and attend the NBCCF’s Advocacy Conference. The privilege of sitting side by side with the individuals who have walked the journey of breast cancer is truly inspiring. By the end of this conference I am energized to return to my job in Boston as a clinical nurse specialist! This amazing advocacy conference teaches me more about patient advocacy and empowerment than any nursing conference throughout the year. And, this year’s conference promises to offer another great opportunity for nurses to learn the latest in breast cancer research, quality of health care issues, and political and research advocacy by some of today’s top scientists, clinicians and policy makers, and earn continuing education credits.

Believe me this is information that we should be using in our everyday nursing practice including getting up do date on the most recent evidenced based breast cancer research.

I am particularly excited to hear from the expert panelists that will be presenting during the conferences plenary sessions: “Quality Health Care Delivering on the Promise” has particularly tweaked my interest as well as hearing NBCCF’s Framework for Health Care Reform. The plenary session on “Presidential Politics and Healthcare” should be fascinating given the challenges we face as nurses, the present healthcare crisis and the influence our next President will have on public policy and the healthcare system.

After almost three days of plenary sessions and workshops we head to the Capitol to meet with our Congressional delegates and lobby on behalf of NBCC’s legislative and public policy priorities. This day offers another great opportunity to be empowered, and teach our Congressional members that ending breast cancer is more than wearing pink ribbons!

For several years, a growing number of Conference participants with nursing backgrounds have been able to receive 12.5 contact hours through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This will be available once again this year.

NEW for this year: The National Association of Social Workers Approver Unit has awarded eligible conference goers 12.25 contact hours of continuing education credit. Now social workers attending the conference can also “learn and earn” at NBCCF’s Advocacy Training Conference.

So I challenge my nursing and social work colleagues not to miss this incredible conference and take advantage of an amazing offer at amazingly affordable prices. You just might realize that this is a conference not to be missed and make it an annual event.

* Registration Rates with CEUs:
Before April 18, 2008:NBCC members: $200, non-members: $250
After April 18, 2008: NBCC members: $215, non-members: $265

Click here to Register Now

Judi Hirshfield-Bartek RN MS OCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
NBCCF Board Member
Dr Susan Love Research Foundation

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