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Top healthcare conferences for nurses in 2020

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

March

2020 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Health Policy Conference

  • 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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Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) 38th Annual Convention

  • 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

The Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care

  • 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

AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020

  • 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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April

The 30th Annual Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference

  • 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

American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing 45th Annual Conference

  • 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

Skin, Bones, Hearts & Private Parts Atlanta CME Conference

  • 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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Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) Annual Conference

  • 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

May

American Association of Critical Care Nurses NTI National Teaching Institute 2020

  • 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

American Geriatrics Society 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

  • 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

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) 40th Annual Conference

  • 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

July

Nursing Education Accreditation Conference

  • 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

August

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Methodologies Boot Camp

  • 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.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2020 Annual Congress

  • 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

September

Emergency Nursing 2020

  • 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

National Neonatal Nurses Conference

  • 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

The Travelers Conference

  • 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

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 34th Annual Conference

  • 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

October

29th Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Annual Convention

  • 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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