Top Nursing Conferences of 2015

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female nurseThe New Year is here, and with it comes new opportunities for your continuing education in the field of nursing. Have you chosen the conferences you’ll be attending in 2015? There are plenty of fantastic options in the next 12 months throughout the United States.

Here’s a look at 11 great nursing-industry conferences — in no particular order — as you plan your strategy for networking and broadening your professional horizons. Don’t forget to book early to take advantage of early-bird discounts and group rates!

ENA Emergency Nursing 2015 (@ENAorg)

September 28–October 3, 2015 – Orlando, FL

According to the conference’s official YouTube trailer, this six-day conference features hands-on and interactive labs, offering emergency nursing professionals the opportunity to perfect their craft live and in person.

2015 ANA Quality Conference (@ANANursingWorld)

February 4–6, 2015 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

The American Nursing Association’s Quality Conference focuses solely on improving patient care through a commitment to quality. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald is this year’s invited kickoff keynote speaker, and attendees can earn up to 11.5 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Sigma Theta Tau International’s 43rd Biennial Convention (@STTI)

November 7–11, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV

More than 2,000 nursing professionals — from nearly 500 chapters in 85 countries — are expected to attend this conference, hosted by the international nursing honor society established in 1922. This year’s theme: “Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.”

Society Of Pediatric Nurses 25th Annual Conference (@PedsNurses)

April 16–19, 2015 – Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA

What better setting to develop your pediatric nursing skillset than in the Happiest Place on Earth for children of all ages? This annual conference, now in its 25th year, offers attendees unparalleled networking and a look at the latest pediatric trends, best practices and academic research in the field.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference (@aanp_news)

June 9–14, 2015 – New Orleans, LA

The 2015 schedule is still being developed, but last year’s conference featured insight-packed days of product “theaters,” concurrent educational presentations, workshops, seminars and a full exhibit hall — and a daily newspaper to help attendees plan each day of their conference.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2015 Health Policy Conference (@aanp_news)

March 29–31, 2015 – Washington, D.C.

Hosted in Washington, D.C., the epicenter of the health policy world, this annual conference offers all the usual opportunities for continuing education — including presentations on health policy from industry leaders and networking with fellow professionals — with an added component: AANP Hill Day, where constituents travel to Capitol Hill and speak with lawmakers on issues important to the industry.

American Nurses Credentialing Center 2015 Pathway to Excellence Conference (@ANCCPTECon)

May 14–15, 2015 – Louisville, KY

Who should attend the Pathway to Excellence Conference? Healthcare organizations of all sorts, according to the ANCC’s website! This includes clinics, dialysis centers, home care providers, hospices, doctor’s offices, surgical centers, and all levels of employees, from Chief Nursing Officers and Directors of Nursing down to staff nurses and hospital administrators.

3rd Biennial National Nursing Ethics Conference (@NNEC2015)

March 19–20, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” This George Bernard Shaw quote introduces the National Nursing Ethics Conference’s theme, “Conversations in Ethics.” Learn to better deliver on patients’ needs through improved communication. Attendees will develop an understanding of the ethics of caring through small-group breakout sessions, case studies and expert speakers.

National Nurse Practitioner Symposium (@NPSymposium)

July 9–12, 2015 – Keystone, CO

The National Nurse Practitioner Symposium celebrates the 50th anniversary of Nurse Practitioner Education in 2015, with a keynote address by Johns Hopkins University’s Julie A. Stanik-Hutt on Nurse Practitioner Practice & Outcomes: Our History, Our Future. Nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physicians assistants can earn up to 30 contact hours by attending.

ATI National Nurse Educator Summit (@NursingSummit)

April 19–22, 2015 – San Diego, CA

This annual summit offers three registration packages: $799 for the summit only, $949 for the summit and a half-day pre-summit workshop, and $999 for the summit and a full day of pre-summit workshops. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort plays host to the conference, with plenty of nearby offers of fun in the sun including a three-pool deck, private cabanas and many nearby golf courses.

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