Dear North Central Region Members,
We find ourselves in a pandemic with potential consequences that are unprecedented in our lifetimes. Many of you are on the front lines in your workplaces caring for people who are sickened with the COVID-19 virus. We face many challenges, and each day brings more news.
While you are mainly focused on day to day concerns, you may also be wondering about conferences for this year. The national office has moved WOCNext 2020 from a live event to a virtual platform. They have also graciously provided free attendance to all members. If you know of fellow WOC nurses that are not members of the society, please pass this information on to them. Once they enroll as a member, they will be able to register for the conference. The North Central Region will be hosting a virtual Members Meeting during this conference using Zoom as its platform. More to come on a date and time.
Now on to the North Central Regional Conference planned for September. On April 21st, the NCR Board met to discuss the many issues concerning our conference. Factors that we have discussed include terms of our contract with the hotel, availability and cost of presenters, and whether it is feasible to reschedule. It is difficult to forecast how the current situation will affect September with regards to your ability to travel and attend a conference. If we forge ahead only to have to cancel later in the year, the financial consequence could be severe. If we cancel now, we can minimize any losses and start to work on the 2021 conference.
After a thoughtful and honest discussion, where we weighed all the options, the NCR Board decided to cancel the 2020 North Central Region conference and will instead work on providing learning, with CEs through an online platform. While it is certainly not the networking we enjoy with our colleagues, there is still much we can gain. Watch our website for information on the details
I wish to personally thank our Conference Chair, Sonya Good (Brickner) along with Fran Demo for their work on planning the 2020 Regional Conference. For those involved in conference planning, you are well aware of what it takes to put on an event of this magnitude, and this talented duo put their heart and soul into planning what would have been a wonderful Fall conference.
As a region we are strong and committed to the well-being of our patients. We will weather this and be able to move forward in a positive way. Do take especially good care of yourselves and your loved ones during these difficult times.
Linda McKenna, MSN, RN, CWOCN