Top 15 Nursing Conferences for 2012

by Tera Tuten on March 2, 2011

Top 15 Nursing Conferences of 2012

There are more than a thousand nursing conferences in the U.S. (depending on what qualifies to you as a conference) in 2012.

And while you may get to pick one each year or be mandated to go to many, just choosing can be a nightmare.

In the interest of helping separate the wheat from the chaff, here are our picks – based on prominence, content, innovation, and timeliness – of the top 15 conferences for 2012:

February 2012

Conference: 2012 Critical Care Congress (Society of Critical Care Medicine)
Date: February 4-8, 2012
Location: Houston, Texas
Why to go: A broad-based topic series for doctors, nurses, and other medical staff working in critical care.
More: sccm.org/Annual_Congress/Upcoming_Congress_Dates/Pages/default.aspx

Conference: Emergency Nurses Associations Leadership Conference 2012
Date: February 22-26, 2012
Location: Ernest Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
Why to go: A dynamic and relevant utility-based conference for any ER nursing staff.
More: http://eventful.com/neworleans/events/ena-leadership-conference-2012-emergency-nurses-/E0-001-036264328-3

Conference: Southern Nursing Research Society 26th Annual Meeting
Date: February 22-25, 2012
Location: New Orleans, Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Why to go: Useful for teaching or PhD nursing staff or those looking to do research and/or teaching in the near future.
More: http://www.snrs.org/

Conference: Medicine 2012: 35th Annual UC Davis Winter Conference
Date: February 22-March 2, 2012
Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Why to go: Another useful and timely conference for all emergency medical staff.
More: http://cme.ucdavis.edu/conferences

March 2012

Conference: 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)
Date: March 2-6, 2012
Location: Orlando, Florida
Why to go: Nurses working in these fields or certified as specialists (such as nurses certified as asthma educators) will find this a key event.
More: http://www.aaaai.org

Conference: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference
Date: March 8-10, 2012
Location: Fairmount Millennium Park, Chicago
Why to go: This conference serves as the main event for nurses working in a clinical setting.
More: http://www.nacns.org/Conference/2012Conference/tabid/167/Default.aspx

Conference: 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).
Date: March 7-10, 2012
Location: San Diego, California
Why to go: A more general conference that would be of specific benefit to any nursing staff with an administrative, fundraising, or outreach job.
More: http://www.amga.org

Conference: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Spring Annual Meeting
Date: March 22-27, 2012
Location: Washington, D.C.
Why to go: A major conference for nursing staff across the country.
More: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/index.htm

May 2012

Conference: North American Nursing Diagnosis Association – International (NANDA-I) 2012 Biennial Conference: 40th anniversary celebration and 4-day educational event
Date: May 23-26, 2012
Location: Houston, Texas
Why to go: A very interesting conference on nursing terminology and emerging techniques. This Wisconsin-based group has gone worldwide, but their 2012 conference is back in the U.S.
More: http://www.nanda.org

June 2012

Conference: International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM)
Date: June 27-30, 2012
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Why to go: We’ve intentionally kept this list local to the U.S. but this international conference is worth mentioning for any ER nursing staff who would like to get a global perspective.
More: http://www.icem2012.org/

September 2012

Conference: 84TH Convention and Exhibit of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Date: September 28-October 4, 2012
Location: Chicago
Why to go: Invaluable for nursing staff involved in education, public education, and/or communications.
More: http://www.ahima.org/

October 2012

Conference: ANCC National Magnet Conference
Date: October 10-12, 2012
Location: Los Angeles
Why to go: A hugely relevant conference of more than 6,000 nurses interested in improving knowledge in the areas of leadership, healthcare delivery, structural empowerment, and current trends.
More: http://www.anccmagnetconference.org/future_conferences.cfm

Conference: International Conference of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
Date: October 24-27, 2012
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Why to go: Useful for nursing admin staff involved in fundraising and partnerships.
More: http://www.ahp.org/CONFERENCESANDEDUCATION/Pages/default.aspx

Conference: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2012 Fall Semi-annual Meeting
Date: October 27-30, 2012
Location: Washington, D.C.
Why to go: A definite not-to-be-missed conference for all nursing staff.
More: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Conferences/index.htm

November 2012

Conference: Global Diabetes Summit
Date: November 14-18, 2012
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Why to go: Especially important for nursing staff specializing in this growing field of expertise.
More: https://ccme.osu.edu/ConferenceSearch.aspx

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Patrick O'Malley 03.04.11 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for this resource. I’m always looking for new travel nursing conferences to expand my skill set. I’ve been an RN for 15 years and I’ve found that the more educational credits I have under my belt, the better travel nursing jobs I am able to get.

Amiral BIGIRIMANA 07.16.11 at 11:06 am

I am RWANDAN.I need a scholership to improve my knowledge in nursing sciences.

Amiral BIGIRIMANA 07.16.11 at 11:07 am

need scholership

Deborah Coy RN 09.04.11 at 7:32 pm

Please send any info regarding registration for the emergency confrence in Dublin Ireland
Thank You,
Deborah Coy

Marlene Coff 11.15.11 at 8:39 pm

Please send information regarding emergency nursing conference, Ireland, in 2012. Thanks. Marlene.

okechukwu emeruwa 12.18.11 at 3:14 pm

i want participate in trans forming life at conference

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martha espichan beretta 03.06.12 at 11:27 pm

estoy interesada en el congreso del mes23 AL 26 de MAYO sobre NANDA I ,Como puedo lograr un scholership ; asi mismo información sobre este congreso tan importante.
SINCERAMENTE GRACIAS.

BALINGWE NELSON NGWA 06.14.12 at 3:47 pm

I am a final year student in nursing education in the university of Buea, Cameroon. Nursing education in my country makes me to weep. i wish to be assisted to reverse this situation via training me better.

aina oba 09.26.12 at 8:07 pm

the world health community is concentrating efforts on community approach to heath care and solving health challenges to majority of issues that posses public health challenges the world over most especially in developing nations. pls, pay more attention to public health training/conferences for the benefit of health professionals in developing countries to making us relevant to solving majority of our health challenges the logical way.

amina shamoun 10.29.12 at 2:54 pm

Hi i am nurse i am working in malta .if u hsve any conference in january plz send me email.thanks

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