Whether you get to pick a few, have a limited number you can go to, or get asked to weigh-in on which ones you could get sent to, it’s always good to have some conference buzz and meeting intel well in advance.
So, for a month-by-month snapshot of the lay of the land in 2013, check out our look-ahead at 15 important nursing conferences you might want to consider:
Emergency Nurses Association 2013 Leadership Conference
Date: February 27-March 3, 2013
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Why go?: While the Emergency Nurses Association puts on an annual conference as well, this dynamic venue for sharing leadership information is one of the best such professional development opportunities of the year for nurses in the ER and any number of other fast-paced medical environments.
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses 60th Annual Congress
Date: March 2-7, 2013
Location: San Diego
Why go?: AORN’s Annual Congress has showcased one of the country’s top medical trade shows for the past half century. The scale and numbers make this a great networking opportunity, but also a chance to get a look at the latest products and services.
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses 45th Annual Educational Meeting
Date: March 9-12, 2013
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Why go?: A progressive meeting for any nursing staff in this specialty, with “bite size” CE 30-60-minute sessions (first being tried out at the April 28, 2012 meeting) that allow you to attend more of the sessions you want and cover more topics during your time at the conference.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Spring Semi-Annual Meeting
Date: March 16-19, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Why go?: Established more than 40 years ago, the AACN is now the only remaining national organization of nurses in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to advancing nursing education at the BA and graduate levels.
American Organization of Nurse Executives 46th Annual Meeting
Date: March 19-22, 2013
Location: Denver, Colorado
Why go?: This is the yearly get-together for health care nurses who design, facilitate and manage care to share the latest insights and information on nursing leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, as well as promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy.
American Nephrology Nurses Association 44th National Symposium
Date: April 21-24, 2013
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Why go?: This association address the challenges of providing care to individuals with chronic kidney disease “within a variety of clinical settings across the continuum of kidney disease therapies.” (If you have even a peripheral relation to this field, it’s also a good chance to go to Vegas.)
Dermatology Nurses Association Annual Conference
Date: April 4-7, 2013
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Why to go: This is the place to be for any nursing staff wholly or occasionally involved in dermatological care, which the New Jersey-based Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is mandated to promote excellence in.
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 34th Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care
Date: April 17-20, 2013
Location: Orlando, Florida
Why go?: One of the few large-scale conferences in the U.S. for nurse practitioners, this is a good one for any such staff to go to, whether specifically practicing pediatric or general family medicine.
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 2013 Annual Conference
Date: April 23-25, 2013
Location:Las Vegas, Nevada
Why go?: Open to nurses in direct practice, education, and research roles, plus those in
management and administration as well as nurses/other professionals interested in ambulatory care and telehealth nursing.
8th International Neonatal Nursing Conference
Date: September 5-8, 2013
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Why go?: The only entry here not based in the continental U.S. – buzz around this event (for which you can pre-register, below) is sufficient to warrant keeping tabs on it, with an option to go. Likely the largest gathering of neonatal nursing expertise from around the world.
Emergency Nurses Association 2013 Annual Conference
Date: September 17-21, 2013
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Why go?: Separate from the Association’s very worthwhile Leadership Conference earlier in the year, this is the actual AGM for the Emergency Nurses Association – the group of record for ER nurses and others working in trauma and/or related emergency units – for 2013.
33rd Annual Oncology Nurses Symposium
Date: September 29-October 2, 2013
Location: San Diego, California
Why go?: This meeting is designed for nurses dedicated to the field of hematology-oncology, or
those with an interest in entering the field. The program is an intimate learning environment in which some of the top related faculty in the country offer the chance to accumulate numerous CE credits, as well as the chance to network with like-minded colleagues.
2013 Nursing Continuing Education Conference
Date: Friday, October 4, 2013
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Why go?: A one-off topic every two years (the 2011 event was on how nurses can preserve crime evidence) this innovative CE opportunity is another one worth keeping tabs on to see when the 2013 topic is announced (to be informed of the topic as soon as it’s announced, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates Annual Conference
Date: October 11-14, 2013
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Why go?: The gathering of note for the year for urologic nurses and related staff practicing in hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, and private offices. Topics include the latest on initiating product evaluations, purchasing products for use, teaching patients about new products and services, and providing direct patient care using related products and services.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fall Semi-Annual Meeting
Date: October 26-29, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Why go?: Established in 1969, this group of record for advancing nursing education at the baccalaureate and graduate levels is a key conference to attend. This meeting is the autumn edition that follows the association’s semi-annual spring meeting, mentioned near the top of this blog posting.
While we work on our 2014 list, let us know what you think: Any additional conferences of note you know of or would like us to feature? Drop us a line in the Comment area below!