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Educational ChoicesPublished 2/17/2006

When there are several educational offerings available throughout the Metro-Denver and surrounding areas, how does a nurse case manager, nurse, social worker, or healthcare professional choose which to attend?

The healthcare profession is a profession that alters frequently. New technology, new disease treatments, new healthcare policies, new insurance groups, and the growing number of opportunities for nurses to work in healthcare has significantly impacted the need for education outside of the job. Most case management positions and professional healthcare positions are requiring a certification or continuing education units/credits. Nurses in specialty areas need to be aware of the new technology, treatment, and pharmaceutical approach to fighting diseases. Workers’ compensation nurses, case managers, and care coordinators need to be aware of guidelines, procedures, and processes for directing care. There is definitely a need for educational offerings. But which do you choose?

I have found three nurse organizations that offer educational meetings/forums, seminars, and conferences in the Denver area: Case Management Society of America- CMSA, Colorado Rehabilitation Insurances Nurses Group- C-RING, and National Gerontological Nursing Association- NGNA.

Case Management Society of America is an international, 501(C) (6) non-profit professional association founded in 1990 dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management through educational forums, networking opportunities and grassroots involvement. CMSA’s strength is its structure as a member-driven society. There is a local chapter presence here in Colorado, The Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Colorado Springs extension.

Colorado Rehabilitation Insurances Nurses Group is an organization that provides educational information to stimulate interest in and provide a forum for the discussion of problems in the field of disability management with optimal rehabilitation outcomes. C-RING was founded in 1987 as a networking benefit for RNs only. This year C-RING voted to open the organization to "Associate" memberships.

The National Gerontological Nursing Association is the first and only nursing specialty organization dedicated to helping nurses, case managers, and senior care coordinators realize their full potential as a gerontological nurse. This organization shares ideas and information that improve the quality of nursing care for older adults. Educational forums, networking, and legislative advocacy are a few of the focuses of NGNA.

Here locally, each one of these organizations offers an educational setting that provides a speaker. There is also opportunity for networking with other nurses, case managers, care coordinators, social workers, and other healthcare professionals. Generally these groups meet once a month at various locations with a meal provided. We all know that choosing an educational offering is hard. The dates and times of meetings as well as the location determine which organization you are able to effectively participate with. Which educational offering should you choose? My suggestion is to visit them all! With the different dates, times, and locations that these 3 organizations offer, there has to be a meeting that would benefit your area of nursing one time or another.

For meeting information about membership, certification, upcoming forums, and events contact: CMSA: www.cmsa.org or call Tina Snapp 303-788-6622. C-RING: www.coloradoring.com. NGNA: Call Mary Jane Carroll 303- 850-2143.

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