Discover new directions. Make career-changing connections. Enjoy our nation's capitol.


Washington, DC, September 29 - October 2, 2016 •  Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Washington, DC, is where things happen. It's the heartbeat of America. You'll feel the energy and excitement as soon as you arrive, inspiring you to make every moment count, whether you're connecting with friends, touring the city, or making a new practice discovery.

Moments that challenge you

  • Learn from expert speakers and reimagine your personal and professional goals. Earn up to 15.25 CNE contact hours.
  • Discover practice innovations and spark changes at your own facility.
  • Step out of your comfort zone. Are you a future researcher? Advocate? Leader?

Moments that inspire you

  • View posters by your colleagues who have blended the art and science of nursing.
  • Join the conversation! Get vocal in the Town Hall, chat with exhibitors, post live on social media.
  • Explore clinical topics and enjoy a newfound belief in yourself and your patient care skills.

Moments that move you

  • Connect with colleagues you admire and trust at the networking events. It’s one of the best aspects of the convention.
  • Feel the group energy! It builds throughout the convention with collective compassion and commitment.
  • We all speak the same language: patient care. The convention is filled with nurses who understand.

Moments that rejuvenate you

  • Visit some of the most famous museums and monuments in the world.
  • Choose from an endless array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
  • Treat yourself to the “Washington by Night” guided tour.

Who Should Attend?

  • Staff Nurses
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Managers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Clinical Nursing Supervisors
  • Administrators
  • Students
  • Researchers

Featured speakers

Terry M. Foster, MSN, RN, FAEN, CCRN, CPEN, CEN, has been a volunteer, ward clerk, staff nurse, charge nurse, critical-care instructor, clinical director, and night supervisor at the Mercy Hospitals of Cincinnati in Ohio, and at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Kentucky. Mr. Foster is a well-known author and speaker, addressing both nursing humor as well as clinical topics. He has been featured on several health-related television shows.

Mr. Foster has received the Judith Kelleher Award from the Emergency Nurses Association and was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing. He currently works as a critical-care clinical nurse specialist in the emergency departments at St. Elizabeth’s, where he also coordinates the code blue and rapid response teams.

Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), GCNS-BC, NEA-BC, CWCN, CFCN, FAAN, has been involved in health care for 44 years and has held roles from staff nurse to senior executive. He is senior partner of an international health care consulting firm in Atlanta specializing in health futures, organizational innovation, conflict and change, and health service delivery models.

Dr. Porter-O’Grady is also a professor of practice and leadership scholar at Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and clinical professor and leadership scholar at the Ohio State University College of Nursing in the executive DNP program. He has published extensively and is an 8-time winner of the AJN Healthcare Book of the Year Award.