Top 15 Nursing Conferences for 2012


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.