The Best Nursing Conferences for 2017

If you’re a nurse with your sights on attending a nursing conference in 2017, you have nearly unlimited choices.

A quick check will turn up more than 50 different conferences in the USA alone.

Some focus on general nursing, while others target a specialty such as critical care or othopaedics.

In addition to the conferences developed for and targeted toward a nursing audience, there are plenty of others which nurses are welcome to attend, such as medical conferences on palliative care or HIV management.

Then there are a few that don’t fit in a recognizable category, like the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Annual Conference, complete with red rubber clown noses.

Here is a brief list of the best nursing conferences for 2017

General Nursing

American Nurses Association Annual Conference

When: March 8-10, 2017

Where: Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida

Theme: Translating Quality into Practice

Conference Focus and Offerings:

This year’s conference will focus on best practice, the latest strategies and research related to quality, safety and staffing.

Other important topics include ways to build trusting relationships with peers, other health care professionals and patients; using data to leverage and improve patient care and the issue of workplace violence.


Costs range from $599 to $949 depending on whether you have ANA membership.

Early bird and group registration discounts are available.

Other Activities:

Tampa offers extensive night life with a wide variety of ethnic cuisine including Cuban, Spanish, Caribbean and Italian cuisines.

Restaurants also offer a number of other regional foods including Colombian, Puerto Rican and Vietnamese cuisine.

Art museums, the Museum of Science and Industry and the former WWII museum ship SS American Victory are among the local attractions.

In addition, Tampa offers the Lowery Zoo, the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary and Busch Tampa Gardens.

For sports enthusiasts, Tampa is the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the world headquarters of professional wrestling.

American Student Nurses Association Annual Meeting

When: April 5-9, 2017

Where: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas

Theme: Think Big: Nursing on a Global Scale

Conference Focus and Offerings:

The meeting’s primary focus is on the business of the ASNA, including the election of delegates, action on resolutions, ethics and finance.

Includes delegate training and an NCLEX-RN licensing exam review.


NSNA members pay $130 for the convention and NCLEX review; nonmembers pay $200 and faculty pay $350 for the convention and workshop.

Other Activities:

Dallas is heavy to sports – the Dallas Cowboys (National Football League), Dallas Mavericks (National Basketball Association), Dallas Wings (Women’s National Basketball Association), Dallas Stars (National Hockey League), FC Dallas (Major League Soccer) and Texas Rangers (Major League Baseball) are all headquartered in Dallas or the surrounding area.

In addition, Dallas offers the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, which is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Wind Symphony, the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

It is also the site of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Although there are many restaurant offerings, Dallas is well-known for barbeque, authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine.

Elsevier Nursing Education Conference

When: March 16-18, 2017

Where: The LINQ Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Theme: Inspiration, Motivation and Collaboration

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Nurse educators are charged with preparing students who can practice safely and competently, and who have good judgment and critical thinking skills.

Offerings include topics like how to take advantage of new technology in the classroom, safety in patient care, teaching strategies, using technology in teaching, preparing for certification in nursing education, curriculum development, learning styles and nursing competencies.


Pre-conference activities cost $225 to $250 and the full conference costs $545 to $595 (the lower rate is the early bird discount), Group discounts are available.

Other Activities:

In addition to multiple casinos which offer activities such as professional music, comedy, magic and dance performances, Las Vegas is home to the Cirque du Soleil.

The LINQ has an extensive $100 million collection of vintage, classic, exotic and other kinds of cars.

Hoover Dam is also nearby.

Food offerings are all over the map, from Mexican to Continental to Asian, as well as standard American fare.

Association of Nurse Executives Annual Meeting

When: March 29-April 1, 2017

Where: Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Theme: 50 Years of Inspiring Leaders

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Business meetings, emotional intelligence, care coordination, leadership, evidence-based nursing, staffing, community health, nurse engagement, nursing turnover, succession planning shared governance, cultural competence, finance and business skills.


Member cost is $1,120, non-member cost is $1,185.

Early bird discounts are available and you can go for either a single day or the whole conference.

Other Activities:

A major seaport, Baltimore is a city of immigrants, with a significant German population, as well as Polish, English, Irish, Russian, Lithuanian, French, Ukrainian, Czech, Greek, Italian and Chinese immigrants.

Mount Vernon is located nearby and the city is home to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a wide array of community and professional theater groups, as well as the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (a battle at the fort was the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner).

Baltimore Harbor features the National Aquarium, Civil War-era vessel the USS Constellation, the lightship Chesapeake, the submarine USS Torsk (which holds the Navy’s record for dives) and the Coast Guard cutter Taney, last surviving U.S. warship from Pearl Harbor.

Food is eclectic, as befits its history, with Maryland blue crabs, crab cakes and Old Bay Seasoning prominently featured.

It also has five large public markets, including the Lexington Market, which is the longest-running market in the country.

Advanced Practice

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

When: September 8-12, 2017

Where: Sheraton Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Theme: Not yet released.

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Details on 2017 not yet released.

Last year’s offerings included preparation for certification, patient management, anesthesia recovery and organization business such as bylaws and resolutions.


AANA members pay $799, non-members pay $899 and students pay $295 (these figures are from 2016, as the 2017 fees have not yet been published.

Other Activities:

Seattle offers a number of activities for tourists, among them the world-famous Space Needle, the Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Art Museum and the Woodland Park Zoo.

Cultural activities include the famous 5th Avenue Theatre, grunge music and others. Seattle is also home to the Seattle Seahawks (football) and the Seattle Mariners (baseball).

As a seaport, the town is known for its seafood restaurants, including such well-known establishments as Elliott’s Oyster House, The Walrus and The Carpenter, Westward and Little Gull, and Rockcreek.

American College of Nurse Midwives Annual Meeting

When: May 21-25, 2017

Where: Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Theme: Reaching New Heights

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Heavy emphasis on innovation, the latest technology and techniques, current research and best practice.

Also includes research poster sessions, business meetings, certification preparation, national quality measures, the use of social media and wireless medical technology, water birthing, public health and alternative techniques such as acupressure and mindfulness.


Students pay $315, ACNM members pay $495 and non-members pay $750.

Other Activities:

Chicago has a variety of different ethnic neighborhoods which influence food shopping and entertainment choices, including Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Chinese, Polish and Vietnamese areas, as well as Chicago’s famous Little Italy.

Chicago is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, several professional theater companies and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It is a mecca for shopping and is located on the waterfront of Lake Michigan.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference

When: June 20-25, 2017

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Theme: NPs: Revolutionizing Healthcare

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Multiple tracks according to the practitioner’s specialty, such as acute care, dermatology, emergency or urgent care, military health care, orthopaedics, pain management, psychiatric care and women’s health.

Special workshops are available in a wide variety of topics, such as aromatherapy, diabetes, basic splinting, neurological examination, cardiac exams, obesity treatment and gynecological care.


Varying fees depending on member status, student status early bird applications and others.

Members of the AANP pay $545 and non-members $680. Specialty seminars cost $100 each.

Other Activities:

Philadelphia is home to many historical sites, including independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed), the Liberty Bell, and 67 national historic landmarks.

It is also home to the Academy of Natural Sciences, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the National Constitution Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

For art enthusiasts, Philadelphia offers the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Chicago food is heavily influenced by its large German and Italian populations, although there are also many Vietnamese restaurants.

National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

When: March 9-11, 2017

Where: Loews Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

Theme: Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Conquering Change in the Healthcare Environment

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Clinical management, including a full-day pharmacology workshop prior to the regular conference, healthcare change, alcohol withdrawal, fall prevention, patient navigators, infection control, collegial working relationships and oncology.


For the full conference, NACNS members pay $525, students pay $425 and non-members pay $725 for early registration.

Other Activities:

Although one of the South’s oldest cities, Atlanta is surprisingly multi-cultural.

It boasts permanent resident professional companies in all of the performing arts, including the Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet.

The South’s leading art museum – the High Museum of Art – is located in Atlanta, which is also home to the Museum of Design Atlanta, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

The area also boasts the Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King Junior’s childhood home, the Carter Center and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, as well as the Atlanta Zoo .

The culinary offerings are eclectic, including food from all over the world, as well as traditional Southern food.

Specialty Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nurses National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition

When: May 22-25, 2017

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

Theme: None found

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Heavily focused on clinical care, including pediatric shock, pulmonary arterial hypertension, ventilation and perfusion strategies, emergency management of various conditions, advanced practice nursing in critical care and sepsis.

Certification preparation available.

NTI offers some three-hour mastery sessions as well as the more typical one-hour sessions.


Members pay $437, non-members pay $562.

Other Activities:

Houston is home to 337 parks and nine major performing arts organizations; it contains six major performance halls. The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is located in the Houston area, as are the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Houston is home to professional sports teams for every major professional league except hockey.

Although it offers typical Mexican and Tex-Mex food, Houston also boasts Nigerian, Ethiopian, Iranian, African, Lebanese, Arab, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Pakistani, Korean and Jewish restaurants.

Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference

When: September 13–16, 2017

Where: America’s Center Convention Complex, St. Louis, Missouri

Theme: None found


ENA members pay $520 with early bird registration and $750 after registration launches.

No indication of a non-member fee.

Other Activities:

St. Louis is one of the major Roman Catholic centers in the US due to multiple waves of Italian, German and Irish immigrants.

It is home to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and other noteworthy places of worship.

The city is strongly associated with Jazz, blues and ragtime music, and home to the St. Louis Symphony as well as the St. Louis Museum, St. Louis Zoo, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Irish pubs and German dishes are popular, as are specialties such as toasted ravioli, St. Luis-style pizza and gooey butter cake.

Academy of Medical Medical Surgical Nurses Convention

When: October 12-15, 2017

Where: Palm Springs Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel, Palm Springs, California

Theme: None found

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Primarily focused on clinical care and patient management, with offerings such as certification review, shared governance, chronic pain management, RN-physician communication, staffing, non-cardiac chest pain and gastrointestinal problems.


Not yet available.

Other Activities:

Palm Springs offers a variety of museums, including the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, Palm Springs Air Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert.

The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, San Jacinto Mountains, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and Joshua Tree National Park are located in the area.

Palm Springs also has more golf courses than any other area in the state, as well as many historic homes. Cuisine is widely varied and includes seafood, French, Continental, Asian and fusion cuisine.

Society of Pediatric Nurses Conference

When: April 6-9, 2017

 Theme: A Bright Future For Pediatric Care

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Certification review, with a strong focus on clinical care and health issues specific to infants, children and teens, including bullying, transitioning pediatric patients into adult care, teen health, pediatric mental health, sepsis, pediatric asthma, newborn screening and unusual pediatric conditions.


Rates are $450 for SPN members and $540 for non-members, with early bird and student discounts.

Other Activities:

West Palm Beach has many museums, such as the Norton Museum of Art, and theaters like the Harriet Himmel Theater.

Other notable landmarks include the Palm Beach Zoo and Lion Country Safari.

Food in the area is an eclectic mix of Italian, Latin, French, seafood, Indian, vegan and vegetarian, with many popular steakhouses.

National Perinatal Association Clinical Conference

When: March 9-11, 2017

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia

Theme: Perinatal Mental Health: Advocating for the Health and Wellbeing of Families

Conference Focus and Offerings:

A strong focus on mental health, with tie-ins to issues such as infertility, community-cased care, interdisciplinary care, trauma and stigma, developmental care for infants, substance abuse, needs of fathers, pregnancy and lactation.


Member cost is $425 member and non member $525, with early bird and student discounts.

Other Activities: See information on Atlanta under the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists above.

American Association of Operating Room Nurses Global Surgical Conference & Expo

When: April 1-5, 2017

Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Theme: The Power of You

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Business meeting and elections, hands-on simulation training, intraoperative positioning, process improvement, perioperative documentation, lasers, minimally invasive spine surgery and spiritual care offerings.


Member fees range from $275 for a day pass to $595 for the full conference; non-members pay $75. Early bird and group discounts are available.

Other Activities:

Boston has a reputation for literary culture and hosts the world-famous Boston Public Library.

You’ll find many historical landmarks in Boston, such as the Freedom Trail, the Beacon Hill historic district, the Boston Common and the Bunker Hill National Monument, as well as the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium.

Like much of New England, cuisine in the area is heavily oriented to fish and dairy products (the Union Oyster house is the oldest restaurant still operating in the US).

However, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Korean restaurants abound, as do Italian and other ethnic dining establishments.

Boston is also home to the Haymarket, where vendors sell fish, fresh fruit and vegetables.

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses 37th Annual Congress

When: May 20 – 23, 2017

Where: Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Theme: Culture, Courage, Competence

Conference Focus and Offerings:

Conference objectives are to implement evidence-based practice changes, adopt best practices and innovation to improve patient outcomes, and contribute to a professional environment.

Conference offerings include physical assessment, fracture management, neurovascular assessment, pain management in different orthopaedic conditions, postoperative delerium, certification review and preparation, arthritis, arthroscopic surgery and pediatric issues in orthopaedics.


Conference fees for NAON members are $580, with a discount for certification; non-member registration is is $743.

Other Activities:

Puerto Rico has a number of renowned contemporary and classic art museums, such as the Puerto Rico Arts Museum, the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pablo Casals Museum.

The area boasts the historic district of Old San Juan, the Younque National Forest and many ocean-related activities such as surfing or snorkeling.

Cuisine is derived from Spain, Africa and the native Taino population, and also has a heavy Asian influence.

Zika virus is currently a concern in Puerto Rico.

Unusual or Fun

Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor Annual Conference

When: April 27-30, 2017

Where: Holiday Inn-Orlando-Disney Springs, Orlando, Florida

Theme: Humor: The Power and Purpose of Play

Conference Focus and Offerings:

The AATH is dedicated to the concept that humor has a place in health care and that when applied therapeutically, it can promote healing.

Conference offerings include topics such as playing for the sake of playing, gender differences in humor, using therapeutic humor and caregiving and humor.

The conference also offers the Humor Academy, which trains professionals to study, practice and promote healthy humor.


AATH members pay $455 and non-members pay $585; student discounts and guest rates are available.

Other Activities:

Orlando is sometimes called “Hollywood East” because it is home to so many movie studios as well as direct-to-video productions, television shows and commercial productions.

It also has a number of active music scenes, including hiphop, metal, rock, reggaeton and Latino music.

Although local seafood is widely available, so is Pacific fusion food, Asian, Vietnamese and Spanish-influenced food, as well as French and Italian.

This article cannot possibly cover all the possible nursing conferences and conventions available to you.

Some professional organizations offer more than one conference per year, such as a major annual convention and smaller specialty-oriented conferences.

There are also a number of other professional nursing organizations not listed here for lack of space.

Rest assured, that whatever you’re looking for, it’s out there somewhere!


CreativeNurse is not a sponsor nor does it endorse these events, this listing is for informational purposes only and is believed to be correct, for further details the respective associations should be contacted.

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2017-35252  Exp. 10/17