By Christina L.
My preceptor first introduced me to the American College of Healthcare Executives while I was an Administrator in Training. He suggested that I take a look at the website to get a better understanding of what the organization is all about and what it has to offer. I noticed that the ACHCA is a non-profit professional membership association dedicated to administrative leadership and excellence in post-acute and aging services care across the spectrum of health care services. The term “Administrative Leadership” resonated with me.
I wanted to join an organization that believed in creating leaders. I was eager to see what this administrative leadership was all about and how it can help me personally and through my professional career. In my short time being apart of the college I was able to attend educational seminars led by some reputable individuals such as Nurses, Pharmacist and State representatives. I left all of these seminars not only inspired, but also with an increased curiosity.
The administrators introduced themselves and gave their experiences whether these experiences were good or bad. Regardless of their experiences, they all shared something in common; they love what they do and love impacting lives on a daily basis.
I was able to attend the National Convention in Orlando, which was unlike any experience that I have ever had. I met with Administrators from all over the United States and once again got to take in their experiences as healthcare professionals. Although Villa Roma and Convention were two similar experiences, I met some seasoned Administrators who not only offered the advice and guidance but people who truly believed in the mission of the college.
I left my first year of conferences not only feeling like I knew more than I did but I also felt inspired by these individuals who want to make a difference in this world. ACHCA offers not only offers educational seminars, but also the endless networking events and the great feeling of having people who share the same passion for this industry