McKnight's Online Expo, a valuable learning opportunity

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Hungry for information? We thought so. That's why we're offering our fourth annual online expo later this month.

The two-day event, which will take place online, has proven to be a success each year among administrators, directors of nursing and other decision makers at long-term care facilities. And that's not just because it's free (which it is).

One of its most compelling features is its five educational sessions. These one-hour sessions are designed for you, our hard-working, time-starved, knowledge-seeking readers.

The sessions, which will take place on Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 25, will focus on quality, wound care, capital, payment and technology. For the second year in a row, viewers can earn up to five continuing education credits (one for each session).

Here is a brief synopsis of each session:

Quality: Getting from satisfied to very satisfied residents: Margaret Wylde, CEO of the ProMatura Group, will talk about those community attributes that lead to positive resident experiences. (March 24 at 10 a.m. ET)

Wound Care: Becoming a provider of excellence: In this session, Donna Sardina, president of the Wound Care Education Institute, will offer tips on improving wound care programs. (March 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET)

Capital: The prognosis for lending: Here, Michael Hargrave, vice president of NIC Market Area Profiles, will offer his observations of the lending scene and what the future may hold. (March 24, 1 p.m. ET)

Payment: Are you ready for changes in the MDS and RUGs?: This important session will look at the upcoming new resident assessment tools and how providers can prepare for them. Leah Klusch, executive director of the Alliance Training Center, will be the presenter. (March 25, 11 a.m. ET)

Technology: Ways to capitalize on new technologies: Feeling a little behind in this age of new gadgets and gizmos? Peter Kress, vice president of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, will help you find ways to incorporate innovations in your long-term care settings. (March 25, 1 p.m. ET)

While education is central to the online conference, there are other highlights. A virtual exhibit hall will provide nearly 20 vendor booths that viewers can visit. Attendees also can interact with vendors who are manning the booths virtually.

Of course I am biased, but who wouldn't like to receive useful information for free in the comfort of your office?

Also, I mentioned this point last year, but I have to say it again. The technology behind the expo is pretty darn cool. (For newcomers, imagine seeing all the visual elements of a real trade show—a lobby, exhibit call and presentations—online. Trust me when I say you will feel like you are at a trade show!)

So take a look. (Why not—It's free!) You can sign up at www.mcknights.com/expo. I don't think you'll regret it.

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