Advisory Board Chair Reflections: 2024 NICU Leadership Forum

It’s been a few days since we have all returned from our AMAZING 2024 NICU Leadership Forum Conference. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the experience this year. First and foremost, thank you to Synova, for securing an absolutely amazing location to host our conference. The Sunseeker was absolutely wonderful! A huge thanks goes out to the Planning and Social Committees, for putting together the tremendous itinerary that made this conference so great.

This NLF marked my 10th year attending this life changing event. I returned home with a cup running over with love and support from and for my nursing leader colleagues. A constant common thread you hear through many of the presentations, is that we attend NLF to fill our cups. This is so very true for so many of us. Finding a space where you can be vulnerable, and share with colleagues who share your struggles, is something that can’t be replicated anywhere else.

As your Board Chair, I was blown away by the sheer openness and honesty that I witnessed during the conference. I also had the great honor of co-hosting the party with the “Magnificent” Diane Rogers, who always lights up any room she enters. This years party was absolutely delightful and so so so much fun!!!! I enjoyed seeing all of the great Olympic costumes and witnessing some very skillful dance moves.

The highlight for me this year was having the distinct honor of bestowing our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to the one and only Terry Johnson. Terry has been a great influence on me and my career as an NNP. Terry has devoted so much of her career to educating families regarding the care of their infants and has been a true trendsetter for our profession.

One of the greatest things for me at any NLF, is meeting all of the new attendees. I love seeing people find their tribe and experiencing our culture for the first time. I hope all of you had a great experience and will be looking forward to seeing each of you at a future NLF. Please remember, we have so many ways for you to be involved at Synova, and look forward to seeing you very soon at another Synova event.

Join Us in 2025!

If you would like to connect with other nurse leaders and have the experience of a lifetime, join Synova in Tucson, AZ in 2025. The 2025 NICU Leadership Forum is planned for April 27 – May 1, 2025.