At the 2019 Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) Annual Meeting, numerous first-time attendee nurses requested a program that would allow them to more easily connect to other MS nurses.
First time nurse attendees will have the option of requesting a ‘buddy’ who will be an IOMSN member who has attended past CMSC meetings. The objectives of the Buddy Program include making the CMSC meeting less intimidating, improved ability to share information, answer questions, and general networking.
This year, the IOMSN will have a hospitality suite. Those who opt to participate in the Buddy Program will get together early in the meeting so that everyone can meet each other. Other meetings will be at the round table and at the Award Ceremony. Informal meetings between buddies can be arranged as time allows.
The IOMSN Board of Directors and Membership Committee have committed to develop and support a Buddy Program for CMSC this year in Orlando, May 27-30, 2020. We have asked all first-time attendees to identify themselves on registration and indicate their interest in being matched with a buddy nurse.