The 8th annual DNP Conference, "How to be a better DNP in 3 days" is just around the corner! Hosted by one of my favorite organizations, DNP, Inc., this conference will take place in my hood, Seattle, Washington from September 16th to 18th.
Presentation topics include leadership, technology, outcome measurement, translational research, big data (so awesome), policy, and more. The posters look great too: it's hard to resist topics like "Utilizing Information Technology to Improve Response to Early Signs of Clinical Deterioration" and "Accountable Care Organizations Using NPs: Changing Heart Failure Management Outcomes."
I am particularly excited about the faculty this year, which includes Dr. Daratha (an individual who understands the power of data to improve patient outcomes), Dr. Campbell-O'Dell (president and founder of DNP, Inc.), Dr. Keston (director of educational innovations at American Association of Colleges of Nursing--- I know, dream job!), and so many more incredible people.
Besides the fun lectures and amazing people, I also do enjoy perusing the exhibit hall, snagging some swag, and networking with vendors. Springer Publishing will be there of course, which always leads to me buying too many books authored by fellow advanced practice nurses. Maybe they will have a few raffles this year... :)
While I could go on and on about how awesome this conference is going to be, the purpose of this post is to provide attendees some insider knowledge on how to enjoy the Emerald City while you are here! I start off with some simple FAQs, and I conclude with some food, drink, and fun recommendations. Feel free to email me with questions, or if you hear of any book give-a-ways.
Visiting Seattle FAQs
I hear it rains all the time. What should I bring to wear?
It doesn't rain as much as you might think, and when it does, its usually a misty spitting as opposed to a downpour. I would bring one of those small, compact umbrellas that fits in a bag/purse. You might also consider alight weight rain jacket with a hood.
Most Seattleites merely pull up their jacket hood and bear the rain. They say you can spot a tourist by who uses an umbrella. :) Rain boots generally are not necessary, but you could consider spray waterproofing your shoes to be safe.
What is the best public transportation?
First of all, good call using public transportation. Traffic in Seattle can be brutal, and parking can be even worse. If at all possible, just walk to your destination. Seattle is extremely walkable, and you can set Google Maps to give you "walking directions" that will guide you through pedestrian friendly areas.
For something easy, convenient, and cheap, I would use either Uber or Lyft. These are both taxi services that allow you to schedule and pay for rides using your smart phone. Just download the apps from either the Android or iTunes app store. I personally use Uber because I've never had any problems with it, but Lyft works pretty much the same. Both services cover all of metro Seattle.
If you go with Uber, use my "invite code" (melissad1975ue) to get your first ride free! Plus, when you do this, I get $20 off my next ride. Win-win!
For something fun but not practical you could take the monorail to and from Seattle Center. For something clean and unique, you could also ride the Electric Street Car. If you're in the mood for a workout, you could also rent a bike at any of the Pronto Bike-Share stations.
Are there any areas of the city to avoid for safety?
As anyone would recommend, walk with a buddy, do not leave valuables in a parked car, be aware of your surroundings, and hold your purse or bag close to your body. Areas that I tend to avoid are 3rd Ave, Pike Street, Pine Street, and Bell Street after dark. Here is a link to an updated Seattle crime map.
What are the best neighborhoods to explore?
Metro Seattle has a few different neighborhoods, each with a different personality:
Downtown Central Library (if you love libraries, your mind will be blown)
Seattle Center (Trust me, just walk over there and explore; picture below)
Chihuly Garden and Glass
EMP Museum (if you like music, sci-fi, & pop, you'll love this place)
Pike's Place Market (the cheapest most beautiful flowers can be found here)
Museum of History and Industry & Lake Union Park
Sea Plane Tour around the city
Kayak or Paddle Board on Lake Union
Ice cream Cruise on Lake Union (you'll pass my home!)