Why Do YOU go to Conferences?
I received many emails from state societies regarding our monthly poll asking, "What conferences will you be attending this year?" Oddly, only one person said she planned on going to the AARC International Conference, and no one seems to be going to the AARC meeting in Vail, Colo., this summer. Many of you are heading to your state conferences, which is great. A few of you are doing extra training for your facilities in emergency preparedness or decontamination. Kudos to you. No one mentioned Vail, and noone mentioned the annual meeting for the Association of Asthma Educators in Denver, where I will be going, right after the AARC conference in Vail.
I am a little shocked. I thought for sure some savvy folks would capitalize on two conferences, heavy in CEUs, so close together in such a beautiful venue. Once again, respiratory therapists have taught me a lesson of not putting all my eggs in one basket.
So, let's change things up a bit. I have also heard from readers that separate emails asking to participate in polls is a bit much, a bit exclusionary, and makes it seem as though I am only allowing a certain few (mainly society presidents) to participate. I send emails to anyone who I think will read them, but OK, I get your point.
Let's try something a little different for our May poll. Here is your poll question: What attracts you to conferences?
Possible answers could include CEUs, socializing with other therapists, travel, getting away from your workplace, or maybe even meeting up with friends who also attend. As I have told those already on the mailing list, please follow these simple rules:
1) Answer the poll by email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2) Answer the question, but feel free to expound on it. If you really have a burr in your saddle about something, say so. If you are really passionate about a subject, tell me about it.
3) I generalize in the poll answers; do not take offense that I do not use your name, facility, or state. I would never do anything to sacrifice discretion of readers, unless you give me express permission to do so.
4) Be nice. I'm only asking questions and conducting polls to get us talking. Communication is a key element in any profession, and that's what I am here to facilitate.
5) Spread the word. Get others you work with to participate. Tell your boss to participate. Some questions may be more supervisory than others; others could be aimed at worker bees. Either offer you a chance to express your opinion.
6) Finally, when you answer, tell me a bit about yourself. I really like to know what state you are from so I can track who is participating. I also like to know if you are management or staff. Anything other than that you'd like to share is fine, too. Again, unless you give me permission, it will never leave my desk.
So there you go! The poll is now public. You have until May 26 to respond, so that I can write the results in the blog at the end of the month. Again, respond only by email PLEASE. I hope to hear from you. I have enjoyed hearing from those awesome therapists around the country who regularly answer me, but this will open it up to everyone. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your co-workers. Let's see what's on your mind.