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October 2018

17-20 October 2018 — San Antonio, Texas, USA

The Transcultural Nursing Society Inc. is pleased to invite you to attend the 44th Annual Conference and meeting: Transcultural Approaches to Advance Health Care. This theme is timely for all aspects of healthcare including education, practice, administration, and research. Nurses and healthcare professionals from around the globe will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue, learning, 
and discovery. The conference objectives that will be address include: 
- Exploring the connectedness of Transcultural Nursing Education, Practice, Research, and Administration.
- Examining population health through meaningful use of transcultural theories and evidence-based best practices. 
- Identifing new and innovative transcultural nursing strategies to promote delivery of evidence-based care.
- Synthesizing ecological, global, and social determinants of health to develop culturally relevant programs and services for individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Registration will open in February 2018. Visit for more information.

19 October 2018 — Warrensville Heights, Ohio, USA
Join us on 19 October 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio, for the 6th Annual Nursing Innovation Summit, presented by the Office of Nursing Research and Innovation at the Cleveland Clinic.

Keynote speakers include: Roberta Ness, MD, MPH, author of “Innovation Generation”, “Genius Unmasked”, “Creativity in the Sciences”, and “The Creativity Crisis” and Michael Ackerman DNS, RN, CENP, FCCM, FAANP, Director of the Master in Healthcare Innovation Program and Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University.

This one day conference also features two interactive panel discussions: "Getting Started With an Innovation" and "Ask the Experts". Both feature a lawyer, nurse innovators, and other experts in innovation and ideation.

Presenters include nurses and other experts from around the country who have succeeded in innovation. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear their stories and learn how you too can become an innovator.

Opportunities are provided to learn, collaborate, and network with experts and peers from around the country who are also interested in innovation.

Continental breakfast, luncheon, and continuing education (included in registration fee) make this a wonderful one-day meeting, well worth the cost.

Please join us. For more information, visit

24-26 October 2018 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We are delighted to invite you to submit abstracts, attend, and register for the largest worldwide conference dedicated to work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector: the 6th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector. For more information, please visit

24-27 October 2018 — Columbus, OH, USA
Join us for the APNA 32nd Annual Conference: Trusted Agents of Change: Nurses Balancing Inequities in Mental Health Care.

The APNA Annual Conference delivers 100+ varied continuing education sessions and networking opportunities to the 1600+ psychiatric-mental health RNs and APRNs who attend each year. Attendees have the opportunity to earn 25+ CNE contact hours onsite and an additional 100+ contact hours online. Together, we spark change through education, collaboration, and innovation.

25-26 October 2018  Pittsburgh, Philadelphia USA
A national forum focusing on critical issues in healthcare practice and policy through the lens of social justice, the McGinley-Rice Symposium looks into the face of the person who has been trafficked and views the world through his or her eyes. For more information, please visit

25-27 October 2018 — Bodrum, Mugla Turkey
The Hacettepe University Faculty of Nursing is honored to invite you to the 7th International Nursing Management Conference which will be held between 25-27 October 2018 in Bodrum, Turkey.

Jo Corlett argues that “the theory-practice gap has been the subject of much debate within nursing. Issues include: where the gap is, whether it is a positive or negative phenomenon and whether attempts should be made to bridge it”. Both educators and managers have worked together to answer these issues.

As a result of these discussions we are proud to announce the conference theme: “Nurses are Hand in Hand: Impacting the Future of Health Care”.

Nurses responsible for leading or managing a professional practice ask themselves how they can create a climate where: Nurses grow and flourish, patients and families receive the highest quality care, and professionals work collaboratively to ensure quality patient care.

The conference addresses these issues: 
• Enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration in health care
• Management and leadership for best practices in health care
• Practitioners and educators: Sharing the responsibility for creating a safe culture
• Evidence based practices impacting health care
• United for the future: Learning from experience
The program will be a memorable one, one in which recognized experts address the conference topics in both oral and poster presentations.

We will be requesting continuing education credits certification from the International Council of Nurses. This has been approved for previous INMC conferences. 

We look forward to welcoming you in Bodrum, Turkey, in October 2018. 

26-28 October 2018 — Orlando, Florida, USA
Save the date and join us for 2018 ISONG World Congress - Building Connections to Genomic Health! The Congress dates are 26-28 October 2018. Please join us for the welcome reception on 25 October. The Congress committee is working hard to bring you the very best program possible keeping with the mission of ISONG to foster scientific discovery and professional growth in nursing and human genetics and genomics worldwide. 

The focus of the 2018 ISONG World Congress is "Building Connections to Genomic Health." Presentations by keynote, plenary, invited speakers, and abstract presentations will be selected to meet the following program objectives:

  • Discuss strategies for developing connections between patients, educators, researchers, and practitioners to improve the genomic health of populations.
  • Identify useful online genomic tools for education, research, and clinical care.
  • Understand the role that human genomic diversity plays in health research and clinical practice.
  • Identify the unique contribution of nursing in connecting patients, providers, researchers, and educators to improve and sustain genomic health.

26-28 October 2018​ — Orlando, Florida, USA
You are invited to the New Faculty Institute -- Survival Skills for New Faculty. The transition from expert clinician to novice educator is a difficult one. Being a great nurse does not prepare you to teach someone to become a great nurse. This conference focuses on several of the most common topics of interest among new nurse educators ranging from issues of the learner, curriculum, course, testing, and more. Come prepared to learn in an active, hands-on environment that will quickly enhance your knowledge and skills, catapulting your career to the next level! 

This conference is designed for novice and evolving clinical instructors, faculty, preceptors, graduate students, and administrators in PN/VN, ADN, diploma, and pre-licensure programs. Because of the active-learning focus, all healthcare educators can benefit from this conference. Due to the hands-on nature of this conference, participants should come ready to be engaged. For more information, visit

November 2018

1-2 November 2018  Seattle, Washington, USA
The Update in Medical-Surgical Nursing conference offers you the opportunity to update your medical-surgical clinical practice, hear about new research and guidelines, and acquire new assessment and management strategies. Come dialogue with speakers and network with colleagues to enhance your care innovations, collaboration and confidence in your medical-surgical nursing knowledge and abilities. Topics are presented by experts, and teaching methods include lecture, discussion, and case study analysis. For more information, please visit

1-3 November 2018 — Coconut Grove, Florida, USA
Miami Neuro Symposium: This symposium will focus on recent advances in caring for neurology patients, stroke management, neuro-critical care, neuro-imaging, epilepsy, and movement disorders. The expert faculty will engage participants through complex cases, novel treatment strategies, and lively panel discussions.
Neuro Nursing Symposium: The symposium offers a broad neuroscience curriculum focusing on state-of-the-art, evidence-based practices for nurses and other healthcare professionals. The expert faculty will discuss the care and management of stroke, epilepsy, neurosurgical, and critical care neuroscience patients from the nursing perspective. In addition, there will be specialized focus groups moderated by subject matter experts. The goal is to share the most innovative and evidence-based clinical practices to optimize patient outcomes through all areas of neuroscience.

5-6 November 2018 — San Antonio, Texas, USA
You're invited to attend the Reimagining Healthcare: A Life-Course Approach to Community Based Care conference. This conference will help attendees activate their ideas to do collaborative, multi-discipline research with the engagement of their community practices. The two days will help nurses pursuing their MSN or PhD solidify their ideas, hear examples, potentially find partners and leave with an actionable plan! This conference is groundbreaking. The research activation will help the practices and improve healthcare in our community and country. The conference will include a Knowledge Market where companies and community organizations will exhibit for discussion and connections.

1st Day Highlight:
Engage with community members to develop co-produced research questions.

2nd Day Highlight:
Develop your research and/or quality improvement project with experts in participatory action research

Registration Cost:
$299 includes continuing education: CNE, CME, SW credit; and conference meals (breakfasts, lunches and welcome reception)

Location: Historic Menger Hotel, Located on the San Antonio Riverwalk across from the Alamo
Room rate: $124/night, call 1-800-345-9285 

8-9 November 2018 — Del Mar, California, USA
23rd Joint Southern California Chapters
Sigma Nursing Odyssey Conference 2018
Designing the Future of Health Care: Nurses Connecting, Collaborating, and Catalyzing
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10 November 2018 — Del Mar, California, USA Join the Omicron Delta Chapter in exploring emerging technologies and linkage to clinical applications, education, administration, and research. Network with clinical practitioners, students, faculty, researchers, and administrators.

Keynote speakers:
  • Terri Nichols from TRN Consulting 
  • Lee Ann Shearing from Adventist Health

The day will include keynote presentations, breakout sessions, poster presentations, exhibits, and much more. Fore more information, visit

15-16 November 2018  Lynnwood, Washington, USA
Wound management is a dynamic and evolving area of practice in healthcare today. Wounds present complex challenges and pivotal opportunities for multidisciplinary teams to collaborate and improve the health status of patients. This conference addresses current scientific, clinical, and professional practice issues across care settings related to acute and chronic wounds, including evidence-based and multidisciplinary strategies for assessing and intervening to achieve successful outcomes. Speakers will assume that participants have a basic understanding of wound management principles. Presentations will update the professional with recent changes to practice. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, and case studies. Visit for more information.

29 November 2018  Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA
Xi Zeta Intercollegiate Research Symposium: “Building a Culture of Nursing Excellence Through Evidence-Based Practice”
This event allows nurses to share their research in an effort to advance the profession and redesign care that is safe, effective, and improves patient outcomes. This event, titled “Building a Culture of Nursing Excellence through Evidence-Based Practice,” hopes to do just that. Dr. Karen Lyon, PhD, RN, ACNS, NEABC, Executive Director and CEO of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, will be our keynote speaker followed by podium and poster presentations from nurses who work and practice in a variety of specialty areas. Research projects conducted by graduate and undergraduate nursing students will also be showcased. For more information, email

December 2018

7 December 2018 — Coconut Grove, Florida, USA
The Miami Brain Symposium will focus on state-of-the-art approaches in the management of primary and metastatic brain tumors, along with an understanding of current standards of care as well as a look at future directions. For one full day, this symposium will engage participants, as the expert faculty navigate through complex cases and novel treatment strategies and lively panel discussions. For more information, visit

17-18 December 2018 — Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the 8th Hong Kong International Nursing Forum cum 2018 International Council on Women’s Health Issues (ICOWHI) Congress will be held 17-18 December 2018 in Hong Kong. This event this year, which is jointly organised by the School of Nursing of The University of Hong Kong and the School of Nursing of Johns Hopkins University, will be a special one with the theme on “Holistic Care Now and Into the Future: Implications for Practice, Education, and Research." With partnership of the ICOWHI Congress, which has a focus on women’s health, we expect the event this year will attract audience from different disciplines and specialties.

Renowned overseas healthcare experts and outstanding local nursing practitioners and researchers have been invited to share with us their achievements and insights on the latest developments in holistic care. We welcome the submission of abstracts for oral or e-poster presentation. Please visit our website for further information. 


January 2019

18 January 2019 — Seattle, Washington, USA
Pain causes extensive suffering, disability, and expenditure of scarce healthcare resources. The Challenge of Pain conference focuses on the challenge of pain management for healthcare professionals across the healthcare continuum. Regional and national pain specialists present evidence-based strategies for assessing and managing pain in acute, ambulatory, and palliative care settings. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, case studies, and inter-professional dialogue. 

February 2019

20-22 February 2019  Iowa City, Iowa, USA
The Advanced Practice Institute prepares nursing leaders to guide colleagues and teams in the integration of evidence-based knowledge into practice. For more information, visit

Sigma Events  22-24 February 2019 — New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Creating Healthy Work Environments. is designed to help leaders in both academic and clinical settings develop, implement, and maintain strategies that will improve their organizations' work environments. Call for abstracts opening soon. For more information, visit

March 2019

14-17 March 2019 — Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Joint Meeting of the 4th Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History & 21st Southern Association for the History of Medicine & Science Conferences. This collaboration promises to offer a great variety of papers pertaining to the history of nursing and medicine. The conference will be held at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Please visit for more information.

20-22 March 2019 — Los Angeles, California, USA
By its very nature an ethic of care calls us to address the vulnerability of those we care for as well as our own. This dual ethical obligation of caring for yourself while caring for others illuminates the understanding that vulnerability is a thread that weaves us all together as human beings. The vulnerable person is not to be regarded as "other," as it is part of the human condition to experience vulnerability; thus, it is not we, “the clinician” and they, the “ill.”

Denying our own vulnerability can drive us apart, diminishing our compassion. How should one respond in an ethical way when caring for a person with a recalcitrant addiction, an unrepresented elder, an angry patient, an uninsured immigrant, or parents challenged to address best-interest decisions for their children? We have an opportunity to move beyond our defense mechanisms, reactivity, or bias into empathic responses where we acknowledge that human vulnerability is not only in our patients, but also in ourselves as well as in our colleagues. We need to move beyond wanting simple answers, and shifting from our fix-it interventions, to tolerating the messiness, and making use of our powerful and attentive presence. We can use the human journey of vulnerability to both notice and participate in the unfolding process and the potential for unimagined outcomes. This conference will encourage awareness and reflection that will develop creative and skillful responses to the stark vulnerability that we witness in healthcare daily. For more information about this event, visit

April 2019

17-18 April 2019  Coralville, Iowa, USA
You are invited to the National Evidence-Based Practice Conference - Navigating the Highway of Healthcare: Patient Engagement and Care Coordination. Nurses must drive the design of the future of healthcare. Clinicians, administrators, and faculty have a role in creating an evidence-based healthcare structure that meets current and evolving patient needs. This program will address the national call to action for care coordination that meets patient needs across the continuum. Nurses are in a position to promote preventive, primary, acute, emergency, and tertiary care, while shifting the focus away from the physical location of a healthcare setting.

Conference participants will learn strategies for applying evidence to meet complex health needs, innovative strategies for care across the continuum, network with EBP experts and enthusiasts, and learn cutting edge information to apply in a wide range of settings. A variety of clinical issues will be discussed based on abstracts accepted for podium or poster presentations. This program is designed to guide your journey to improved evidence-based care.

June 2019

7-10 June 2019 — New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association 27th Annual Education Conference 
With a focus on "The Many Faces of IDD Nursing" for its 2019 conference, DDNA welcomes abstracts from nurses around the world who provide healthcare and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Opportunities are available for podium (60-90"), breakout (90"), and poster presentations. Broad topical areas may include experiences in IDD policy leadership; clinical and community-based, evidence-based, and collaborative practice; and IDD nursing education and research. As the premiere nursing specialty organization committed to advocacy, education, and support for IDD specialty nurses, DDNA seeks to foster the growth of nursing knowledge and expertise about optimal care of people with IDD, thereby improving their care, services, and quality of life. For more information, visit or email your questions to

August 2019

13-16 August 2018 — Washington, DC, USA
14th International Family Nursing Conference - Social Determinants of Family Health: Expanding Family Nursing Capacity (IFNC14). IFNC14 attendees will have the opportunity to build knowledge about family-related issues. We hope to use the occasion of meeting in the city of the United States’ national government at this important time to strategize and examine family health policy with an international lens. Our collective insights can inform initiatives of IFNA and members regarding their national constituencies. For more information, visit

November 2019

14-15 November 2019  Washington, DC, USA
A collaborative theory conference sponsored by the following organizations: King International Nursing Group, Newman Systems Model Trustee Group Inc., Orem International Society, Roy Adaptation Association, Society of Rogerian Scholars, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Watson Caring Science Institute, International Consortium of Parse Scholars, Transcultural Nursing Society, and International Association for Human Caring (interdisciplinary).

An inspiring forum for all nurses (clinicians, researchers, educators, administrators, nurse practitioners, theorists, and undergraduate and graduate students) to celebrate nursing knowledge development through clinical, theoretical, and research presentations related to nursing theory. There will be 24 peer reviewed presentations following a keynote panel with time for responses to the panel. A silent auction will be used to raise scholarship funds. For more information, visit


Sigma Events  16-20 November 2019 — Washington, DC, USA
Sigma is excited to invite you to the 45th Biennial Convention. Save the date for our largest event, featuring outstanding plenary speakers, award presentations, networking opportunities, over 800 oral and poster presentations, and the election of officers for the 2019-2021 biennium.

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