Benefits of Professional Conferencing
Attending professional conferences promotes lifelong learning of research, current evidence and nursing practice. Modeling this behavior by including student attendance at a professional regional conference sets the stage for continued scholarship as well as begins networking opportunities. Funding through CURCA was granted for two faculty and 9 nursing students to participate in an annual scholarship conference hosted by the local chapter of the international nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau. Students actively critiqued research presentations and networked with other nursing students from Western Massachusetts during a day long in person conference. Student reflections will be analyzed to identify the benefits of professional conference day participation and will be reported. These results should hopefully support future attendance and participation of students.