2015 Conference Testimonials

Attendees always say the networking with other nurses is one of the best benefits of the conference.

Much was learned, many new friendships were formed, and in addition to long days of learning, some fun was had also. Below are testimonials from conference attendees.

“The conference was uplifting. We are already making changes in our processes based on what we heard at the conference to strengthen the RN PACT role.” -Eileen Farrell BSN, MPH, RN-BC, Assistant Chief Nurse, The Villages Outpatient Clinic

“Although AAACN has been around for 40 years, ambulatory nursing is still young and learning. This conference gives me an opportunity to check the pulse of what is going on nationally, get new ideas, network with interesting people, and have fun at the same time!” - Stephanie Witwer, Ph.D., RN Nurse Administrator, Rochester, MN

“Best conference I have ever attended! As a first-time conference attendee and poster-presenter, the conference was well-organized and highly relevant to nurses in the ambulatory setting. It was a delight to be in the company of passionate, talented, educated, and compassionate nurses. The nurses in the room were all leaders, both formal and informal, and it was refreshing to be in such great company!” - Hazel Y. Tanga, MSN, RN, CEN Nurse Manager, Outpatient Specialty Clinics San Diego, CA

"Certainly the appropriate medium to network. I experienced an epic event of professionalism and true collaboration. It was a pleasure to be greeted with warm welcoming smiles and be in the company of other nurses who have a burning passion to share their knowledge and experiences.” -Doreth M. HoSang, MSN, BSN, RN-Nurse Manager-Houston, Texas

“I had the opportunity to meet Mary, a PACT Nurse Manager, from another facility, and we exchanged information. As a PACT RN, it was very informational and beneficial to see how other PACT teams operate on a daily basis, goals achieved and how goals were achieved.” - Martine Jean, PACT RN, BSN, West Palm Beach, FL, Veterans Affairs Medical Center

“It was a great experience. This was my second AAACN conference and I remember returning and bragging to my colleagues what a great experience and how many empowered nurses we have. The energy and excitement I felt when I arrived to this conference was overwhelming, and it lived up to my expectations. Will definitely encourage more of my colleagues to become members and join us next year. THANK YOU for all the hard work you do to elevate our profession." -Luz Rivera, RN-BC, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC

"The networking lunch was fun. It was an innovative way to meet people, brainstorm on a topic, and get valuable information and ideas." -Nanci Stolgitis, BSN, RN, Ambulatory nurse in Pediatric Neurology Hartford, CT

"The networking luncheon was great! It provided an intimate format to share best practices, brainstorm, and connect with peers. We all have similar challenges & opportunities in our organizations. It was great to share our progress & learn from our successes & challenges."-Debra Turbert, BSN, MHSA, NEA-BC Pembroke Pines, Florida

"There is so much I appreciated about this experience, it's hard to be concise. I've been a nurse for 30 years and it was great fun and truthfully an unexpected surprise to come to a venue where I felt challenged and inspired, motivated and recharged- I looked forward to each session w/an attitude of ‘what's next?!’ Having the board members open and accessible was a treat. Very casual, low-pressure, inviting- nice! One of the highlights was speaking to a lovely nurse (this is where it gets quite embarrassing- she was so charismatic and encouraging that I got caught up in what she was saying and failed to get her name!!). She encouraged me to consider submitting an article to the ViewPoint and directed me to Kitty Shulman. I hope to keep this spark alive and follow through as encouraged- I'm only sorry I can't thank that nurse directly! Isn't that indicative of what we do every day (or hope to do, anyway)? Who we are, how we interact, how we engage, how we present information: we inspire someone and we don't even know we're doing it. That was one of my favorite things I heard the week of the conference: ‘This is what we do...because this is who we are.’" -Debbi Giossi, RN, BSN, Clinical Manager, David Powell Clinic (HIV services), Austin, Texas

"It provided me with a plethora of practical information that I am already utilizing in my practice as an Educational Nurse Coordinator in AC." -Debby Roisen, RN, MSN, OCN, ENC Ann Arbor, MI

“This was the first time attending an AAACN conference. I found it very informative. It was so interesting to see all of the different things that nurses are doing in the ambulatory areas. What an amazing group of people!!” -Heather Penson-Holley, RN, BSN, Jacksonville, FL

“My first AAACN annual conference but not my last! Already have my heart set on next year! One of the best conferences I've ever experienced. A great experience to learn, exchange ideas, network, and have a great time! All nurses need to experience this. I assure you it will not be your last!” -Rebecca D Hammond, RN, St. Elizabeth Physicians, Crestview, KY

“While reviewing my handout notes and comments, I was reminded of what a great time I had at the conference and what I planned on doing with the information.” -Nancy C. O’Neil, RN-BC, Department of Navy, Chula Vista, CA

"Attending this conference was a wonderful experience for me, both professionally and personally. How inspiring to network with such a dynamic and highly-motivated group of nurses! This level of positive energy can't help but be contagious." -Sarah Espin, MSN, RN-BC, VHA-CM, The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic, FL

"The conference was great! I learned a tremendous amount of information and was able to network with nurses and companies that will inspire me and to work with fellow employees to get certified. Everyone was helpful and inspirational. The programs was well planned and organized." -Lori J. Krause, MSN, RN, Bay Pines VA Hospital, Bradenton, FL