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A List of Major Nursing Education Conferences in 2020

Osmosis Team
Published on Jan 27, 2020. Updated on Sep 15, 2020.

Regardless of if you’re a dean, faculty member, administrator, researcher, or student, attending nursing education conferences allows you to:

  • Connect with colleagues, peers, and thought leaders from the field.

  • Discuss trends, technologies, and innovations that may impact the future of the industry.

  • Learn about best practices and research that can improve your institution, teaching methods, and/or learning habits.

  • Engage in leadership and professional development that will serve your career as an educator or a nurse.

  • Hear from vendors and exhibitors who offer products and services that might benefit you and your students.

To help you and your institution determine the right conferences to attend this year, we’ve compiled a list of major nursing education conferences that are happening in 2020. Check out the list below.

The largest 2020 nursing education conferences

AACN Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

Date: October 17–20, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: Hundreds of deans, faculty members, administrators, researchers, and students attend AACN’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference each year to connect with each other and discuss the most important trends and ideas in nursing education. Attendees this year will hear from thought leaders in the field over a four-day event. The AACN plans to release more details about 2020’s conference soon.

Nursing Education Research Conference

Date: March 26–28, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: The theme of this year’s Nursing Education Research Conference is Transforming Nursing Education Through Evidence Generation and Translation. Approximately 600 nurses and nursing educators will go to the conference this year to hear about research that can have a positive impact on clinical outcomes and improve teaching.

Nursing education conferences for deans, administrators, and faculty

AACN Deans Annual Meeting

Date: March 21–24, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: This conference is open “only to the primary Dean/Chair/Director of AACN-Member Schools of Nursing.” During the event, 350+ dean-level attendees network with one another and discuss ideas and issues related to funding, legislation, and organization that can help their institutions.

Osmosis is attending the AACN Deans Annual Meeting. Connect with us at the event.

Association of Community Health Nursing Educators 2020 Annual Institute

Date: June 4–6, 2020

Location: Louisville, KY

Overview: Nursing educators focused on public health and community health come together at this event with students, nurses, and public health leaders to connect and discover how nursing schools can train future nurses for work in public health. Other topics of discussion at the event include trends in public health nursing education, the role of nurses who focus on population health, and potential opportunities to partner with agencies to promote public and population health.

2020 Annual Nursing Education Accreditation Conference

Date: July 16–18, 2020

Location: Atlanta, GA

Overview: Deans, administrators, faculty, and students go to this event to exchange ideas and stay up to date on best practices that make nursing school accreditation effective. Attendees also celebrate their peers’ accomplishments in the field while hearing important lessons from their failures or setbacks.

2020 QSEN International Forum

Date: May 27–29, 2020

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Overview: This event is QSEN’s (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) annual conference. Nursing educators and nurses in clinical practice attend to hear about research in teaching that enhances quality and safety skills in the field.

Transform 2020

Date: December 3 - 5, 2020

Location: Chicago, IL

Overview: This year marks the first time the AACN is hosting Transform 2020. It will focus on surfacing the most important innovations and trends in nursing education, and the AACN is limiting attendance to faculty from baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs.


Nursing education conferences focused on specific regions and states in the United States

California Organization of Associate Degree Nursing North/South Nursing Deans & Directors’ Spring Conference

Date: March 4–6, 2020

Location: Monterey, CA

Overview: Deans, directors, and faculty from California’s associate degree nursing programs come to this conference to network, discuss best practices and new ideas for associate degree nursing in California, and hear from important speakers such as BJ Bartelson, RN, MS, NEA-BC (Vice President of Nursing & Clinical Services, California Hospital Association).

Osmosis is attending the California Organization of Associate Degree Nursing North/South Nursing Deans & Directors' Spring Conference. Connect with us at the event.

North Carolina Associate Degree Nursing Conference

Date: April 16 –17, 2020

Location: Wrightsville Beach, NC

Overview: The keynote speaker at this year’s North Carolina Associate Degree Nursing Conference is Dr. Tim Bristol, an NCLEX and Curriculum Development Specialist. Nursing educators in North Carolina will hear from Dr. Bristol and other engaging speakers at this conference as they engage in professional development and network with their peers.

Kentucky League of Nursing 16th Annual Nurse Educator Conference and Meeting

Date: May 14–15, 2020

Location: Louisville, KY

Overview: The topic of the Kentucky League of Nursing’s 16th Annual Nurse Educator Conference and Meeting is Next Generation Learning and Assessment. Nursing educators who work in Kentucky will gather at this event to discuss innovative teaching strategies, consider strategies for assessing students’ clinical judgement, review different assessment strategies, and more.

2020 Ohio League for Nursing Education Summit

Date: April 2–3, 2020

Location: Columbus, OH

Overview: Nursing educators who work in Ohio attend this event to network with one another, discuss issues facing the institutions in their state, and learn about effective teaching and assessment strategies. This year’s theme is New Directions in Nursing Education & Practice 2020 & Beyond.

Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education

Date: May 9–10, 2020

Location: Eugene, OR

Overview: This event features two distinct sessions for deans, administrators, and faculty from nursing schools in Oregon: a statewide faculty meeting on May 9 and a nursing conference on May 10. The theme of this year’s conference is Fostering Resilience in Nursing Education.

2020 Georgia Association for Nursing Education Conference

Date: February 20–22, 2020

Location: Jekyll Island, GA

Overview: This conference gives nursing educators based in Georgia an opportunity to come together and learn about issues and trends related to nursing education in their state.

Nursing education conferences focused on students

National Student Nurses Association: 68th Annual Convention

Date: April 15–19, 2020

Location: Orlando, FL

Overview: 3,000 nursing students and faculty members attend this event each year to connect, learn about employment opportunities as future nurses, discover new learning tools, find products that they will use in their careers, and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Patricia Yoder-Wise, who is the current President of the National League of Nursing.

AACN Student Policy Summit

Date: March 22–24, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: 1,600+ baccalaureate and graduate nursing students attend this conference to learn about how federal legislation gets written and passed, and to discuss how they can get involved in advocating for the nursing profession in Congress.

Advancing nursing education in 2020

These nursing education conferences will hopefully help improve the field in 2020 and beyond. If you know of a major conference that isn’t yet on this list and you’d like us to add it, please email us at [email protected].

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