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    The season for meetings: Why I attend them (and why you should too)

    Adele M. Caruso, MSN, CRNPAdele M. Caruso, MSN, CRNP

    Urology Times Blogger Profile

    Ms. Caruso is a nurse practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia.


    An accumulating body of knowledge suggests that interconnected people live longer. The number and quality of relationships people hold in their personal and professional life relate to happiness and longevity. During this season for meetings, I challenge you to reach out to your professional roots.  In this blog post, I will share what my experiences with professional meetings have taught me.

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    Cultivate, enrich professional roots. The season for meetings provides an opportunity to form a habit of meeting attendance and establish patterns of interconnectedness. Make it a point to regularly attend your regional, state, and national meetings. There is pertinent material from the various venues that may impact optimal practice at the professional and political levels.

    Network with colleagues. Networking with both your advanced practice and physician colleagues offers exposure to unique perspectives, and will undoubtedly enrich your professional life and enhance your individual practice.  Networking is valuable and allows us to form advantageous relationships with like-minded people.  Whether at a national meeting or a more informal casual setting, the opportunities to mingle are abundant.  Networking affords new opportunities at any stage of your career.

    Educational opportunities. The national meetings tout a myriad of state-of-the-art lectures, micro expertise, and traditional courses.  Stay current with the knowledge and skills that relate to professional practice and your general field of interest.  The specialty meetings provide experiences to hone your skills and often allow one to enjoy an exotic location. I have to admit that for me, a meeting in a breathtaking ski destination is my preference in the winter, followed by travel to a haven with a “wow” landscape in the summer.

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    Garner wisdom from leaders in the field. Many living legends roam meeting sites. Some of these giants in urology are up on stage; others work quietly behind the scenes. Their vast knowledge is an invaluable resource. I am fortunate to have a few of those legends as my collaborating physicians as well as nurse practitioner (NP) colleagues and friends. Their influence certainly inspires one to do more, and in many cases, galvanizes the troops to pursue further research and often motivates others to find solutions to practice dilemmas.

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