Upcoming Nursing Events and Conferences

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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. 

25-27 January 2019  San Juan, Puerto Rico
Join us in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2019 NAHN Latino Leadership Institute! The purpose of the Latino Leadership Institute is to recognize and develop leadership skills within NAHN and our membership that will have a lasting impact on the Hispanic community at large. You do not need to be a NAHN Member to attend. For more information, please visit https://goo.gl/PNYbXF.

February 2019

6-10 February 2019  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Sports Medicine Essentials - An Interactive Course
This course is specifically designed to expand and improve clinical musculoskeletal knowledge and skills. We will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of essential sports medicine topics using hands on sessions to improve your care of patients in the clinic and athletes on the field. Fore more information, please visit https://www.acsm.org/attend-connect/events-and-conferences/sports-medicine-essentials-(team-physician-course).

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. Call for abstracts opening soon. 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.

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

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  Cleveland, 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

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/.

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

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

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 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 http://www.internationalfamilynursing.org/.

October 2019

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 
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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