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AMSN 31st Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Convention


September 29-October 2, 2022


Earn up to 38 nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours




Our Promise to You in 2022: A Face-to-Face and Virtual Convention Together in One Hybrid Format

We are so excited to be together for the 31st AMSN Annual Convention this year! After presenting our 2020 and 2021 events virtually, we’re ready to reconnect in person in San Antonio! We hope you’ll join us for this chance to re-energize your practice and recharge your momentum through networking, education, and exploration of today’s hottest topics in med-surg nursing. And because we know that so many of you have been disappointed that we have not been able to hold the convention in person these past two years, in 2022 we are making a promise that unless we are prevented from having a physical convention by state or federal law, we WILL be there... in person... with you... in San Antonio! As we prepare for our first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic, the health and safety of our attendees is still our top priority. We have a shared responsibility to keep each other safe from COVID-19, and as such, we’re committed to following the most up-to-date CDC public health recommendations and best practices to prevent COVID-19 transmission. Safeguards for attendees could include completion of a COVID-19 health check or passport, as well as other requirements – watch your email for important updates on these requirements, and other health and safety protocols as we approach convention! Won’t you join us...either in person, or virtually, for this exciting opportunity to learn, refresh, and meet friends old and new?


Who will benefit?

  • Clinical Nurses
  • Care Coordinators
  • Nurse Leaders
  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Managers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Clinical Nursing Supervisors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Administrators
  • Researchers
  • Students


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Featured Speakers


Opening Address, Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Magic of Communication


Joshua Lozoff

Joshua Lozoff has been studying and sharing magic around the world for twenty years. He regularly performs in theaters and at corporate and private functions throughout the United States and abroad. Joshua’s motto is “Life is Magic,” and he walks his talk by performing everywhere from penthouse suites to the streets of Guatemala City; sharing magic with Fortune 500 CEOs, folks on the street, and everyone in between. Before turning his attention to magic, Joshua was a professional actor, with a notable recurring role on the TV show Cheers, as Gino Tortelli, and as Logan in the movie Clueless. You can even see Joshua’s martial arts prowess on display (he holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido) in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Los Angeles to regain his sanity and devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America. It was during his travels that a chance encounter with a street magician sparked a new passion, and Joshua began his training. Traveling around the world, Joshua studied with master magicians on several continents. After years of full-time training, he began sharing his craft with others. Now Joshua is regarded as one of the top magicians working today. Joshua loves sharing his craft with people in every setting, and his love and respect for magic come across in every performance. A few moments spent with Joshua can truly inspire, amaze, and entertain.



Keynote Address, Friday, September 30, 2022

Aging, Health, and Well-Being of Older People: Medical-Surgical Challenges and Opportunities


J. Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

J Taylor Harden, a gerontologist and nurse, is director emeritus of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, a non-profit association of schools of nursing and institutions dedicated to providing quality health care to older adults through aging research, practice, policy, and faculty leadership development. Previously, Dr. Harden served as the assistant to the director of the National Institute on Aging in the Office of Special Populations. She also served as acting deputy director of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, from January through October 2008. She has wide-ranging research and administrative expertise in aging research with emphases in clinical interventions, risk and resilience in older women, and minority health and health disparities. Dr. Harden has received many honors, including the NIH Director’s Award—three times—for her work on the NIA Health Disparities Strategic Plan, trans-NIH health disparities planning and for outstanding mentorship of new and early career scientists. She has served and/or chaired several national committees including the Committee on Preventing Dementia and Cognitive Impairment, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and the National Advisory Council on Aging, National Institutes of Health. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, New York Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Harden received both bachelor and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She earned her PhD degree in psychiatric mental-health nursing (psycho-gerontology) from the University of Texas at Austin and is a distinguished alumna of the School of Nursing.



General Session, Sunday, October 1, 2022

Immunology/Vaccine Overview


Dr. Tracy Scheirer, PhD, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Dr. Tracy Scheirer is an assistant professor of nursing at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania where she received the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2019. Tracy was selected as an NLN Jonas Scholar in 2018 for her doctoral work in moral integrity research. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and has worked clinically in medical-surgical, intensive care, outpatient OB/GYN, community health, and pediatric settings. Currently, she teaches cultural competency and nursing fundamentals at Alvernia University and serves as the pre-licensure BSN program director. She is also the co-founder and chairperson of the Berks Immunization Coalition, an advocacy organization that seeks to educate the community about the benefits of vaccination.



General Session, Sunday, October 1, 2022

Diagnostic Errors: Nurses and Nurse Practitioner Partnerships for Accurate Diagnosis


Dr. Andrew Olson, MD, FACP, FAAP

Dr. Andrew Olson is an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he practices hospital medicine and pediatrics. He serves as the head of the section of hospital medicine within the department of medicine. Dr. Olson presently serves as the director of medical education research and innovation in the Medical Education Outcomes Center, focusing on linking education with clinical and workforce outcomes. Dr. Olson’s academic work focuses on the nature and development of clinical reasoning as well as methods to measure and decrease diagnostic error. He is the co-chair of the education committee of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and was the co-lead of a recent project funded by the Macy Foundation to develop consensus competencies for diagnosis in health professions education programs.





While COVID-19 activity has decreased in many areas of the country, we understand that some areas are still experiencing active spread of the virus. We also understand that our members have differing regulations imposed on them by their employers, different vaccination statuses, and different personal feelings about being exposed to the virus. For these varied reasons, our COVID-19 policy for the convention is as follows:

  • We recommend that all attendees follow the current CDC guidelines, which can be found here: CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC
  • Masking will be optional but is highly recommended during travel and while onsite
  • If you test positive for COVID within 10 days of travelling to the convention, or if you test positive on-site, and provide us with test results, we will change your convention registration from on-site to virtual at no charge. 
  • If you test positive while on-site at convention, we can change your registration to virtual so you can attend the remainder of the convention from your hotel room or at home.
  • We will be asking all attendees to self-designate with a colored dot at registration to indicate their desired level of social distancing. 
  • We will not ask for waivers or proof of negative tests from any convention registrants as we believe our attendees will act with their colleagues' safety in mind.
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