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May 26, 2015

I just returned from the Annual Meeting in San Antonio, and I have to say it was wonderful! The location was great, the people were wonderful, and the education was phenomenal. There were a few interesting things this year that caused quite a bit of excitement and buzz. For those of you who were unable to make it to the conference, I wanted to share some things of interest.

One topic of conversation was AADE's acquisition of the BC-ADM credential. At this time, the association is deciding what should and will happen with the credential, but nothing has been finalized yet. I was surprised to learn that Clinical Nurse Specialists will be greatly affected if the credential is not continued because this is the certification which currently allows them to prescribe and practice.

Another newsflash was that AADE chapters will no longer be formed. Instead, the MY AADE NETWORK has been created to allow for greater networking through a new membership structure. I signed up during the conference and encourage others to do the same. Also, I was amazed about the importance of social networking and created a Facebook account as soon as I got home.

One thing that I noticed was that it seemed like people weren't taking the time to talk to the vendors in the Exhibit Hall. The vendors are crucial to the success of the conference, and I always try to visit all the booths to ensure they will want to return every year. If you did attend the conference, what did you think of the Exhibit Hall? Did you find out about any new products or information?

Please share your thoughts regarding the BC-ADM, MY AADE NETWORK, and the Exhibit Hall. Or, just tell us what you enjoyed about the conference!

I hope to see even more members at next year’s conference in Las Vegas!

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