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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 https://uihc.org/advanced-practice-institute-promoting-adoption-evidence-based-practice.

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. For more information, visit www.sigmanursing.org/chwe.

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 https://www.nursing.virginia.edu/nursing-history/events-cnhi/randolph-sahms-conference-2019/ for more information.

15-19 March 2019  Barcelona, Spain
The 2019 Annual EAU Congress (EAU19) is coming to Barcelona, Spain for its 34th Edition. The Annual Congress is the European Association of Urology’s biggest and most important scientific meeting, attracting around 15,000 urology specialists to major European cities every year.

EAU19 will offer participants a five-day, cutting-edge scientific programme with opportunities for training, networking, and visiting the expansive exhibition, where companies will present their latest technological and pharmaceutical breakthroughs. To learn more, visit http://www.eaucongress.urweb.org.

16-17 March 2019  San Diego, California, USA
The APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute West (CPI West) delivers psychopharmacology updates to professionals looking to provide the best possible care to their patients. CPI West prioritizes the integration of psychopharmacology and neuroscience into clinical practice. It offers the scientific base for treatment decisions and addresses the context of care within the nurse/consumer/family relationship. With content appropriate for psychiatric-mental health RNs and APRNs, experience two days of continuing nursing education in psychopharmacology, planned for nurses, by nurses. Earn up to 10 contact hours in pharmacology. Visit http://apna.org/CPIWest.

18-19 March 2019  Miami Beach, Florida, USA
This conference will focus on international evidence-based guidelines on minimally invasive pancreatic resection surgery (MIPR) that aim to give guidance to surgeons, hospital administrators, patients, and medical societies on the outcome and direction to be taken regarding this challenging type of surgery. The conference will also aim to identify areas in which collaborative research is needed. For more information, visit http://IG-MIPR.baptisthealth.net.

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 http://ethicsofcaring.org/.

21-22 March 2019  Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Case Western Reserve University invites you to attend Nursing Theory: A 50 Year Perspective, Past and Future. The focus of this year's Nursing Theory Conference will concentrate on the disciplinary perspective of nursing, and the structure of nursing knowledge. All abstracts must address one or both of these themes. The 2019 conference features inspiring nurse scientists and researchers who will explore these themes. Featured speakers include Marlaine Smith, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN; Mary Jane Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN; Callista Roy, CSJ, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Pamela Reed, PhD, RN, FAAN. The keynote speaker will be Peggy L. Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita at the University of Connecticut and Editor of Advances in Nursing Science.

28-29 March 2019 — Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Join us for a cutting edge, comprehensive conference on contemporary topics of interest related to oncology patients across the lifespan. Healthcare professionals specializing in caring for this diverse and fragile population will be interested in learning about the most up-to-date information related to treatment modalities, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, palliative care, survivorship, nursing advocacy, and professional development. There will be many opportunities for networking with peers and product representatives. For more information, please visit https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/nursing/conferences/oncology-nursing-conference#overview-tab.

April 2019

10 April 2019  Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
The Innovations at the Point of Care - Celebrating Nursing Quality and Research Conference offers healthcare professionals, nurses working in Magnet facilities and those seeking Magnet designation, students, and others an opportunity to advance their understanding of and skills regarding evidence informed practice, quality improvement, and research in clinical settings. Sessions include the nuances of conducting original research in clinical environments, the commonalities and divergent aspects of conducting focus groups for research and quality improvement.

Abstract submissions are welcomed from nurses, healthcare professionals, and students on topics related to nursing, inter-professional practice, patient care/safety, healthcare work force issues, and related topics. Abstracts are peer-reviewed. http://bit.ly/2019NQR.

11-12 April 2019  Los Angeles, California, USA
The ACEN Self-Study Forum is designed for nursing programs seeking initial accreditation or continuing accreditation and focuses on demystifying the accreditation process, and an in-depth analysis and application of the ACEN 2017 Standards and Criteria. Attendees gain a deeper understanding of the Self-Study Report expectations, participate in networking opportunities, and earn Continuing Education credits. Furthermore, ACEN is now offering an additional post-session CEU opportunity titled “Taking it to the Next Level: Tackling Standards 4 and 6 Head On,” focusing on the most challenging lessons learned during the forum and how to avoid the most common pitfalls. Participants of the post-session walk away with a deeper understanding of the connections between the most commonly cited criteria in Standard 4 and Standard 6. For more information, visit https://www.acenursing.org/self-study-forum/.

 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.

29-30 April 2019 — Warrensville Heights, Ohio, USA
Announcing our Call for Abstracts for workshop speakers and research abstracts. If you have research experience or expertise to share, consider submitting a workshop abstract. Workshops abstracts are due by 15 December 2018, and we will notify submitters of acceptance by the end of December. Workshops are 50 minutes in length and include a 10 minute Q & A. Presenters should expect 50-100 attendees. The presentation needs to include some interactive component. Presentations can be at the novice or the advanced level. Topics of interest include research methodology, publishing, dtatistical analyses, or funding. Additional details are available on our website. Please complete and submit the COI and Presentation Agreement form with your workshop submission. We will select 12 workshop presentations, and the primary presenter will receive free registration for the two-day conference.

If you have recently completed a research study, consider submitting for an oral or poster presentation. Research abstracts are due by 31 January 2019, and we will notify submitters of acceptance by 15 February 2019. Abstracts are accepted for either an oral (10-minute) presentation or a poster presentation. All research abstracts must be reports of completed work. No quality improvement or evidence-based practice projects will be accepted. Specific details are included on our website. The primary presenter of accepted abstracts will receive a special rate for the two-day conference.

For questions, please contact: Sandra L. Siedlecki PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, Research Conference Chair at siedles@ccf.org.

29-30 April 2019  Warrensville Heights, Ohio, USA
The Cleveland Clinic invites you to attend the 15th Annual Clinical Research Conference. This annual clinical research conference provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals, clinical experts, and academic professionals to share findings specific to clinical research. The conference boasts nationally renowned keynotes speakers, 24 oral research presentations, and over 50 poster presentations. In addition, 12 workshops (advanced and beginner levels) that include themes on statistics, design, and methodology make this conference an exceptional opportunity to gain new knowledge that could affect clinical programs of research. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/nursingresearch.

May 2019

7 May 2019 — Athens, Ohio, USA
Ohio University School of Nursing invites you to attend Serving the Underserved: An Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research Conference. This event will focus on nursing research and evidence-based practices related to patients living in urban Ohio and rural Appalachia. Seven (7) continuing nursing education credits will be offered. For more information, visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetg/selfserve/BrowseCatalog.aspx.

10 May 2019 — Perth, Western Australia, Australia
The inaugural Western Australian (WA) Sigma Nursing Research Symposium will be held at the Harry Perkins Research Centre in Nedlands (Perth, Western Australia) on Friday, 10 May 2019. The Western Australian Psi Alpha at-Large Chapter was formed in August 2016 and is the 527th chapter of Sigma. Our chapter is keen to grow nurse-led research and showcase what’s already happening here in WA. This symposium is the first of its kind for WA and will bring together local and international nurse academics, researchers, leaders, and students. The theme of the symposium is Connect, Collaborate, Catalyse. This theme has been chosen to embrace the Sigma 2017-2019 Presidential Call to Action. For more information, please visit http://www.sigmanursesymposium.weebly.com/.

14-16 May 2019 — Nairobi, Kenya
The 5th International GNPHN Conference will be held in Africa for the first time. Please
register and attend. The theme of the conference is on the contribution of public health nursing to achieving Goal 3 (Good Health and Well Being) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The sub themes focus on the role of public health nursing in achieving the targets of Goal 3 at every aspect and every population group which includes but not limited to the elderly; maternal and child groups; people with disabilities; healthcare systems and safe environments; HIV/AIDS testing, disclosure, access and adherence to care; adolescent reproductive health; public health leadership and governance; health systems integration; rural, county and national levels; infectious disease management; community health strategy; public health workforce; labour relations; and mental health. For more information, please visit http://www.gnphn.com/kenya-2019/.

16-17 May 2019 — Louisville, Kentucky, USA
This conference is designed for all nurses with an interest in the future of nursing education and provides 11.7 Continuing Education contact hours. Keynote Speakers include Barb Bancroft (Take This Job and Love It), Linda Caputi (Clinical Judgment and the Next Generation NCLEX), and Susan Luparell (Cultivating Civility in the Classroom). For more information, visit http://www.kyleaguenursing.org/.

23-24 May 2019 — Hong Kong SAR, China
The First Cochrane Hong Kong Symposium aims to provide an international multidisciplinary platform for discussion and debate among healthcare providers, policy makers, academics, and researchers on contemporary strategies and issues in evidence-informed health care and policy formulation.
The objectives include:
(1) to facilitate opportunities for networking, collaboration, and exchange of ideas with internationally renowned leaders and experts in evidence-based practice and education;
(2) to debate and identify gaps and priority areas for evaluating research- and practice-based innovations in optimising multidisciplinary and complex healthcare;
(3) to share new initiatives, strategies, and challenges in achieving improved global health protection, better patient outcomes, and greater satisfaction among healthcare workers;
(4) to examine and discuss review methodologies for evaluating healthcare delivery models and service innovation practices; and
(5) to explore and discuss challenges and opportunities in the new era for healthcare innovation and evidence-informed healthcare and policy formulation.

29 May-1 June 2019 — Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Join psychiatric-mental health nursing colleagues at ISPN 2019: "Critical Conversations with Psychiatric Nurses: Preparing for the Next Decade." Five tracks will address research, evidence-based practice, education/teaching pedagogy, leadership development, and psychopharmacology. For more information, please visit http://www.ispn-psych.org.

June 2019

6-9 June 2019 — Louisville, Kentucky, USA
The APNA 16th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (CPI) delivers psychopharmacology updates to psychiatric-mental health nurses looking to provide the best possible care to their patients. CPI prioritizes the integration of psychopharmacology and neuroscience into clinical practice. It offers the scientific base for treatment decisions and addresses the context of care within the nurse/consumer/family relationship. The APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute is appropriate for RN-PMH and advanced practice psychiatric nurses—especially those who administer and/or prescribe medications. Because CPI is planned for nurses, by nurses, the program provides a depth and breadth of scientific information tailored to the challenges inherent in psychiatric-mental health nursing practice. All other healthcare providers interested in psychopharmacology are welcome for advanced study, especially fellow nurses, primary care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and pharmacists. For more information, visit http://www.apna.org/CPI.

7-8 June 2019  Los Angeles, California, USA
The Roy Adaptation Association presents the 2019 International Workshops and Conference at Mount Saint Mary's University, Doheny Campus 7-8 June 2019. The theme is "Adaptation Toward Transformation for the Future." Submit abstracts online for award winning papers and poster by 11 January 2019. There are special awards for student papers. For more information, visit https://www.msmu.edu/about-the-mount/nursing-theory/roy-adaptation-association/conference/.

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 http://www.ddna.org/ or email your questions to speaker@ddna.org.

July 2019

16-19 July 2019 — Reno, Nevada, USA
This year, NAHN boldly address timely issues surrounding "A Climate of Change: Nurses Taking Action to Achieve Health Equity." To learn more, visit https://nahnnet.org/NAHN/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=CONF2019A&WebsiteKey=7b8d5dc9-61e1-4774-b09d-64fd89d9579b.

18-20 July 2019  Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The 2019 Annual ACEN Conference, themed Merging Accreditation and Innovation, will highlight inventive teaching methodologies, curricula, outcomes assessment, clinical education, academic progression models, partnerships, and simulation. Sessions and poster presentations will offer novel ideas for faculty, nurse administrators, college administrators, students, accreditation liaisons, laboratory personnel, data analysts, and staff. Unique features include a Human Library, Knowledge Café, conference mobile app, peer group forums, and up to 17 Continuing Education hours attainable per person. Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and refreshments included. For more information, visit https://web.cvent.com/event/63f6d7ba-4943-46d4-b1e7-2f21d71fb9de/summary.

Sigma Events  25-29 July 2019 — Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Join Sigma for the 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Prepare to connect and engage with over 800 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders who are focused on evidence-based research.

August 2019

13-16 August 2019 — 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 http://www.internationalfamilynursing.org/.

September 2019

13 September 2019 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh invites you to share your successes. We want to hear how you’re propelling pediatric nursing toward a brighter future. Abstracts are welcome for oral and poster presentations in the following categories:

  • Pediatric nursing research and evidence-based practice
  • Pediatric nursing education
  • Pediatric clinical practice projects

Presentations should align with at least one conference objective including:

  • Advance nursing care through expanding an understanding of the holistic patient and family experience.
  • Characterize societal and cultural differences as they impact pediatric patient care.
  • Apply the latest innovations nursing care of the pediatric population.

For more information, visit http://www.chp.edu/health-care-professionals/cme/other-cme/nursing-conference.

October 2019

2-5 October 2019  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The APNA 33rd Annual Conference will bring together nurses passionate about psychiatric-mental health for 100+ varied educational sessions covering all facets of psychiatric-mental health nursing care—from opioid use to suicide prevention to recovery. Connect with 1600+ psychiatric-mental health RNs and APRNs and earn CE (100+ contact hours in person and online) at the premiere event for psychiatric-mental health nursing this October in New Orleans. For more information, visit http://www.apna.org/AnnualConference.

3-6 October 2019  Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Cleveland Clinic is pleased to announce the Call for Speaker and Poster Abstracts for the 2019 Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG) Conference. PNEG is a virtual network of educators in the United States who are dedicated to the lifelong learning of professional nurses. The conference provides professional nurse educators and academic nursing faculty with the knowledge, tools, and resources to advance their professional development and clinical performance.

General abstract submission closes on 29 March 2019. Abstract notifications will be sent in early May, 2019. Abstracts may be submitted for an oral session or poster presentation. Abstracts should fit into one of the following categories: quality improvement, research, or best practice/innovation and align with the conference theme "Collaborating, Leading, Educating."

  • Collaborating - different yet related healthcare groups working together to enhance nursing education and practice (e.g. Interprofessional Education; Clinical/Academic Partnerships, Community Partnerships)
  • Leading - inspiring and motivating nurses and other healthcare providers to seek unexpected and remarkable results within nursing education (e.g. influence strategies; leadership roles, skills or opportunities)
  • Educating - facilitating learning for nurses and other healthcare providers that develops knowledge, skills, values, and beliefs (e.g. innovative teaching strategies, new technological advances, continuing education)

For more information or to submit an abstract, please visit clevelandclinic.org/pnegcle.

16 October 2019 — Richmond, Virginia, USA
The Transcultural Nursing Society is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for consideration and/or attend its 45th Annual Conference and meeting in Richmond, VA. The theme of this important event is "Transcultural Nursing: Advancing Culture Care." Nurses and healthcare professionals from around the globe will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue, learning, and discovery surrounding the field of culturally competent and equitable healthcare. The presentations are diverse and work toward our mission to enhance the quality of culturally congruent, competent, and equitable care that results in improved health and well-being for people worldwide. Transcultural Nursing (TCN) is a theory based humanistic discipline, designed to serve individuals, organizations, communities, and societies. Human care/caring is defined within the context of culture. Culturally competent care can only occur when culture care values are known and serve as the foundation for meaningful care. For more information, please visit http://www.tcns.org.

Conference Goals/Objectives

  • Explore new definitions of community locally and globally
  • Analyze trends to advance transcultural nursing knowledge and practice
  • Reflect on innovative ways to prepare transcultural nurses
  • Discuss evidence-based interprofessional models for culturally competent care 
22-24 October 2019  Rome, Italy
Madridge Conferences extend a warm welcome to the distinguished speakers, delegates, clinical and medical professionals, researchers, and industry leaders from all around the world to attend the 5th International Nursing Conference which is going to be held from 22-24 October 2019 at Rome, Italy. 

The main aim of the nursing conference is bring together people who have an enthusiasm for various fields of nursing like psychiatry, education, cancer, cardiac, critical care, women’s health, pediatric, nursing, midwifery, and public health. 

The four International Nursing Conferences were huge success, as the participants enjoyed, appreciated, and were enriched by the presentations given by the nationally recognized speakers. For the previous nursing conference programs, please click here.

Nursing-2019 conference includes plenary lectures and keynote lectures by eminent personalities from around the world in addition to contributed papers both oral and poster presentations. Through networking and sharing, Nursing-2019 will provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and educators to exchange research evidence, practical experiences, and innovative ideas on issues related to nursing.
24-26 October 2019 — Oslo / Lillestrøm, Norway
The 11th European Congress on Violence will focus on clinically relevant and useful interdisciplinary scientific and knowledge with regard to interventions aimed at treating and reducing violence and aggression. The overall congress theme “Unraveling and Understanding Violence in Clinical Practice” reflects our commitment to partnership working between clinicians, researchers, educators, service users, and caregivers. For more information, please visit http://oudconsultancy.nl/Oslo_11_ECVCP/index.html.

November 2019

5-8 November 2019 — Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The 5th International Collaboration of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses' (ICPAN) conference will be held at the Cancun International Convention Centre (CICC) in Cancun, Mexico. The 2019 conference theme, “Bienvenidos: Exploring New Horizons, Empowering Global Practice,” underpins the importance of expanding professional nurse connections across the broader perianesthesia practice domain. This nonprofit organization hosts a biennial conference aiming to facilitate international nurse networking and sharing of practice standards; encourage collaborative research and evidence-based practice sharing; and provide nursing expertise, voice, and participation in global interprofessional perioperative care team population health initiatives. ICPAN represents the interests of over 18,000 global nurse members through its 11 organizational members and affiliate membership. For more information, please visit http://www.icpanconference.com/.

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 http://www.kingnursing.org/.


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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