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Top healthcare conferences for nurses in 2020

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Nurses continue to learn throughout their careers, whether it’s on the job or at a conference. Conferences provide the chance to hear expert speakers, network with other healthcare professionals, earn continuing education credits and learn new techniques, technology and tips.

Here are some of the top nursing conferences to keep in mind for 2020:


  • From the website: "Discuss the Issues, Meet with your Elected Representatives and Advocate for the Nurse Practicioner (NP) Role!"
  • When: March 8-10
  • Where: Washington, D.C.
  • Who should attend: Nurse practitioners

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  • From the website: "The annual convention offers sessions geared towards nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, and other healthcare providers and staff with a professional interest in dermatology."
  • When: March 18-21
  • Where: Denver
  • Who should attend: Dermatology nursing professionals

  • From the website: "This is the meeting that will capture your heart, re-energize your spirit, and stimulate your mind. Learn the latest in hospice and palliative care at more than 200 educational sessions spanning 28 hours of learning time, mixed in with self-care and engagement activities."
  • When: March 18-21
  • Where: San Diego
  • Who should attend: Hospice and palliative care nurses
  • From the website: "Celebrate your commitment to patient safety along with the best and brightest in the perioperative field."
  • When: March 28-April 1
  • Where: Anaheim, Calif.
  • Who should attend: Perioperative nursing professionals

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  • From the website: "At each year's conference, the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) brings together medical and industry professionals from around the globe to network, learn and share ideas, methodologies and treatment options that improve quality of care and outcomes for patients diagnosed with breast diseases."
  • When: April 3-8
  • Where: Las Vegas
  • Who should attend: Oncology nursing professionals
  • From the website: "Ambulatory care nursing is one of the most vibrant and evoloving nursing specialties in health care today. For this year's conference, our AAACN experts thoughtfully curated a program that addresses the many challenges you face. You'll enjoy top speakers in the industry who will give you relevant, practical information you can use immediately."
  • When: April 15-18
  • Where: Chicago
  • Who should attend: Ambulatory care nurses, emergency nurses
  • From the website: Conference covers "Dermatology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Women's Health and more."
  • When: April 21-24
  • Where: Atlanta (Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway)
  • Who should attend: Nursing professionals

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  • From the website: "The SPN Annual Conference showcases education and advancements across the breadth of the pediatric nursing profession. Join SPN in Washington, D.C. ... to experience a conference jam-packed with opportunities to engage and network with colleagues and pursue professional development, all while earning contact hours."
  • When: April 24-27
  • Where: Washington, D.C.
  • Who should attend: Pediatric nursing professionals


  • From the website: "The National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition offers learning, inspiration and celebration for high-acuity and critical care nurses."
  • When: May 4-7
  • Where: Indianapolis
  • Who should attend: Critical care nurses
  • From the website: "The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery."
  • When: May 7-9
  • Where: Long Beach, Calif.
  • Who should attend: Geriatric nursing professionals
  • From the website: "Congress objectives: Implement practice changes based on evidence-based practice, professional developmenta and research in the care of the orthopaedic patient. Impact patient outcomes through adoption of best practices and innovation. Contribute to a professional environment that encourages collegiality and networking among participants associated with advancement in orthopaedic nursing education, practice, and research."
  • When: May 30-June 2
  • Where: Pittsburgh
  • Who should attend: Orthopaedic nurses and professionals


  • From the website: "The goal of the Nursing Education Accreditation Conference is to create an engaged learning experience that empowers nursing administrators, faculty and students by imparting concepts that enhance the educational quality of nursing programs and contribute to organizational growth."
  • When: July 16-18
  • Where: Atlanta (Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, 2450 Galleria Parkway)
  • Who should attend: Faculty, nurse administrators, college administrators, students, accreditation liaisons, laboratory personnel, data analysts


  • From the website: Topic: Artificial intelligence
  • When: Aug. 3-6
  • Where: Bethesda, Md.
  • Who should attend: Graduate students, faculty and clinicians who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • From the website: AANA's Annual Congress is the "largest nurse anesthesia meeting of the year."
  • When: Aug. 14-18
  • Where: San Diego
  • Who should attend: Nurse anesthetists


  • From the website: The conference will "bring together thousands of emergency nurses from across the globe to learn, network and celebrate ENA's 50th anniversary."
  • When: Sept. 8-11
  • Where: Las Vegas
  • Who should attend: Emergency room nurses
  • From the website: "ANN conferences bring together hundreds of neonatal and mother baby nurses from across the U.S. and Canada, and around the globe for stimulating and thought-provoking plenary sessions and workshops."
  • When: Sept. 9-12
  • Where: Las Vegas
  • Who should attend: NICU nursing professionals
  • From the website: "The Travelers Conference is a conference that is dedicated to the Healthcare Traveler. It provides over 40 CE eligible sessions, an Exhibit Hall with over 100 exhibitors -- many of them staffing agencies with open positions to fill & unlimited social networking opportunities. You'll come away from this conference with a whole new set of skills on how to manage your traveling career!"
  • When: Sept. 13-16
  • Where: Las Vegas
  • Who should attend: Travel nurses and health care professionals
  • From the website: "Learn in 100+ varied sessions presented by colleagues. Connect with 1800+ psychiatric-mental health RNs and APRNs. Earn Contact Hours -- 120+ contact hours in person and online."
  • When: Sept. 30-Oct. 3
  • Where: Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • Who should attend: Psychiatric, mental health and wellness nurses


  • From the website: "The AMSN Convention will help you improve patient care and connect with other nurses who share your compassion and commitment."
  • When: Oct. 21-25
  • Where: Las Vegas
  • Who should attend: Surgical nursing professionals

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