Happy National Nurses Day!
In celebration of this special day, the OAC wants to take a moment and thank you for your role as a pillar in the healthcare community. In addition to honoring the great work that you do every day, we also want to give you a special invitation to experience OAC’s signature Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO: an event that will help you grow your healthcare career and connect on a deeper level with your patients!
On National Nurses Day, Hear from a Nurse Who’s There Every Year…
To learn more about attending OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO as a nurse and health professional, hear from your peer Tammy Beaumont, BSN, RN, CBN, who also serves on the OAC National Board of Directors and has a strong patient background. Tammy tells us frequently that she wouldn’t miss this event for the world, so we asked her to tell us a bit more in an exclusive interview about why attending this event is a MUST.
Q: How Has OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention & EXPO Helped You as a Nurse?
First and foremost, I am a patient. I had bariatric surgery in 2003 and lost 135 pounds. I thought I was invincible as a patient and was excited to start a new direction in my career as a Bariatric nurse. How wrong I was! Yes, I was a successful patient but I found out quickly that I needed to learn how to be a successful Bariatric nurse first! That takes a lot of education and training as all of you already know.
The OAC’s annual Convention has been one of the best ways to interact with patients from literally around the world. I’ve gotten to hear their stories, hear their questions and maybe most importantly, get away from the little silos of our own worlds back home.
Q: What is Something Valuable that You’ve Learned at this Convention and Currently Apply in Your Professional Life as a Nurse?
There are many valuable things that I’ve gotten from attending this Convention. One of those that I appreciate the most is the top-notch educational program with various weight and health topics. Professional courses are valuable but can be daunting. However, the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention and Expo has a Program Agenda that’s different.
The faculty of nationally recognized experts on obesity are there with one and only one goal: to meet patients head on with science-based educational material that’s taught on their level so they can take home practical knowledge and tools that will make a difference in their lives and health journeys. This also makes it easier for professionals to absorb these concepts, all while interacting with patients, answering their questions and getting to understand their individual needs a bit more.
Q: Would You Recommend this Convention to a Fellow Nurse? Why?
DEFINITELY! You’ll have the chance to expand your knowledge, learn what is new in the healthcare industry, and maybe even eat lunch with a faculty member who taught the session you just attended! Additionally, you can earn up to 18 CE Credits at this year’s meeting at an inexpensive cost, all while networking with colleagues and interacting with patients. This Convention is truly invaluable in many aspects.
Please think hard before you walk away from this opportunity because I promise, this is going to be an experience you’ll never forget! Hope to see you there. And Happy National Nurses Day!
HCP’s: Make Your Plans for YWM2019!
Make your plans to attend YWM2019 and enjoy a Nat. Nurses Day Discount off Early-bird registration!