2014 Labor Academy

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May 8 - 10, 2014   Hilton Hotel, Baltimore

Check out our Conference, more relevant than ever!


Pre-conference Workshop

Thursday, May 8     1:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Mapping, Meeting, Messaging, Mobilizing & Moving to Action: Engaging with Your Community   This intensive four-hour session is designed to give participants new perspectives about where to find and how to build long-term relationships with community partners.

 Main Conference Workshops

Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10

Reaching Outside the Box: Yoga as a Therapeutic Tool for Patient Healing
Yoga joins the mind and body for gentle and holistic healing. Attendees will learn basic strategies to employ with their patients during times of stress, discomfort and rehabilitation.

Common Misconceptions about Licensure: Safeguarding Your Livelihood**
From the grievance procedure all the way through to the state board, learn the value of collaboration between your union and legal resources, and gain insight on being in the best position to defend your profession and license.

Recovering Healthcare Workers: Best Practices for Returning to Work**
Returning to work after an extended absence is a critical transition for recovering healthcare workers, and this session will provide approaches and resources to maximize a positive outcome.

Hospitals or War Zones: Preventing Workplace Violence
The frequency and severity of violence in society is escalating, and healthcare facilities are no exception. Learn more about your rights, best practices and employer responsibilities to create safe work environments.

Tweeting and Facebooking: How to Use Social Media and Cautionary Advice**
A skill-building session for those wanting to learn how to tweet or set up their Facebook page, as well as cautionary tales and HIPPAA considerations when writing about your work. Participants must bring their phones, iPads and/or computers to the session.

Evolving Practice Priorities: Licensure Jurisdiction and Cross-Border Practice
This workshop will explore the policy options being considered as well as provide expert analysis of the implications for nursing practice and potential liabilities.

Taking the First Step: Mapping the Community for Potential Partners
Participants in this introductory session will learn how to find potential long-term community partnerships.

The Burden of Giving: Managing Stress as Care Providers**
Explore and learn the value of utilizing effective coping strategies and proven relaxation techniques to manage acute and chronic stress emotions and contributing to a healthy and harmonious quality of life.

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Nurses and Health Professionals: Negotiating in a New Healthcare Environment**
This session will explore the impact of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare collective bargaining, with an emphasis on changes in provider payments affecting employers' bottom lines and strategies and resources to address these changes.

Baby Boomer Navigation Skills: Improving Communications among the Many Generations of Healthcare Workers.**
Struggling to communicate with, appreciate and motivate younger (or older) colleagues? Learn how to more effectively connect with your co-workers.

Distinguishing Normal from Abnormal: Identifying Potential Mental Health and Personality Disorder Issues across the Age Spectrum
Whether you work with adolescents, adults or older adults, this workshop will build your awareness and capacity to distinguish normal behaviors from abnormal behaviors, and to advocate for appropriate care.

Calling the Boss's Bluff: Uncovering Your Employer's Ability to Pay
This interactive educational session is designed to introduce participants to healthcare financing and walk through the key documents they can use to understand, analyze and interpret their employer's finances. Bring your laptop!

* Most workshops will provide 1.5 contact hours for RNs.

** Workshop will be offered in more than one session.



We are making changes to the conference process for 2014. This year, all attendees must indicate the sessions they plan to attend. This will help tremendously in room planning .

Additionally, there will be no paper handouts at the meeting. Each attendee will receive a jump drive with presentations and handouts for the entire conference. As a result, you may want to bring your laptop or tablet to the sessions.

Thursday, May 8, 2014,  Hilton, Baltimore MD

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Pre-conference Workshop

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.      Conference Registration

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.      Work and Health Fair

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.    Welcome Reception

Friday, May 9, 2014

9:00 a.m. – Noon             Welcome & Opening Session

Noon – 1:30 p.m.             Luncheon

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.      Workshop Session 1

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      Workshop Session 2

Saturday, May 10, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    General Session

10:30 a.m. – Noon           Workshop Session 3

12:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Luncheon & Closing Session

Questions? Contact us!

NFN Contact:  Steve Rooney, RN   at srooney@nfn.org

Montana Nurses Association: Robin@mtnurses.org

Ohio Nurses Association:  rwolfe@ohnurses.org

Oregon Nurses Association: Sidney@oregonrn.org

WSNA:   wsna@wsna.org