A few years ago, I received a phone call from a nurse who asked me to suggest some “business” groups she could attend for networking. She said that she knew networking was very important and that because “we don’t have cocktail parties and similar events in nursing,” she was looking for other avenues. I informed her that we certainly do have cocktail parties and other networking events in nursing, most often through professional associations. Because she didn’t belong to any associations and had never really been active in any, she wasn’t aware of that. I encouraged her – as I do you – to get out to some nursing networking events in your area:  chapter meetings, conferences, conventions, award ceremonies, seminars, and even career fairs. They can be exhilarating and you can make the most amazing contacts. Here’s an article to get your started: Steps for Successful Networking