Nursing conferences not only provide you with a ton of different opportunities to learn about the latest breakthroughs and advancements in healthcare, but they can also be a lot of fun, too! You can attend lectures, participate in workshops, and socialize with other professionals in your industry.
If you are interested in developing your nursing skills, sharing best practices with nurses from other facilities, and offering the best care possible to your patients, then attending a nursing conference would be a must.
How A Nursing Conference Can Benefit You
Broaden Your Network
Healthcare professionals in every field and from all over the world gather at medical conferences. You can meet with speakers, panelists, and fellow attendees to share your ideas, learn from the best in the field, and make connections.
Get Up To Date With The Latest Best Practices
When you study, train, and work in the same community for years, it can start to feel a little routine. Breakthroughs and new developments in medicine and healthcare are happening every day. Nursing conferences expose you to different ways of thinking, as well as the latest innovations and developments in the field.
Earn Credits For Continuing Education
As you know, continuing education units (CEUs) are required to maintain your license. CEUs demonstrate that you are up to date with modern healthcare practices. Most conferences can provide up to 30 or more units, potentially enough to complete your CEU requirement for the year.
Advance Your Career
There are many ways in which attending a nursing conference can be a stepping stone for your career. First, you can network with future colleagues and bosses at the conference. Second, conferences can provide opportunities for certification, which can help you gain an advantage when applying for higher positions. Third, attending conferences shows initiative, drive, and a desire to grow—traits that employers want to see in their nurses and leaders.
Gain Holistic Knowledge
Many nurses have some specialty training, certification. Continuing education and training may be necessary to take on high-level positions, but it can also be incredibly meaningful and eye-opening to learn about another area of nursing. After all, you may learn something that you can apply immediately in your current position. . It may also inspire you to broaden your horizons further and explore a new career path!
List of New England Nursing Conferences in 2019 & 2020
When: October 19, 2019
Where: Boston, MA (Mass General Hospital: Institute of Health Professions)
Theme: Celebrating Initiatives to Promote Nursing Around the Globe
The mission of the Global Nursing Caucus (GNC), from an interdisciplinary and advocacy perspective, is to: exchange best practices, mentor collaboratively, and create a forum for nurses to share, critique global health information, and actively engage in global health issues.
When: Sunday October 20, 2019 - Monday October 21, 2019
Where: Boston, MA (The Inn at Brookline)
Tickets: Cost N/A
The goals of this course are to provide the participants with a small group setting to develop advanced clinical skills and understanding. Dynamic instructors will guide the group to explore strategies to resolve clinical situations and intervene effectively within the simulation lab.
- Airway anatomy and grading
- CXR interpretation
- Simulation lab - Airway management and intubation - Basics of ultrasound for vascular access - Vascular access: CVL, arterial lines, UVC and UAC insertion - Suturing central lines
- Principles in management (simulation and lecture) - Acute respiratory distress - Seizures and increased ICP - Pulmonary hypertensive crisis - Procedural sedation - Arrhythmias, pacers and defibrillation
When: November 8, 2019 - November 11, 2019
Where: Boston, MA (The Westin Boston Waterfront)
Tickets: $525 standard registration fee
Primary Care Conference with Workshops is organized by Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE). Research should be focused on health policy, innovation, evidence based clinical practice, scientific research, or collaboration and interdisciplinary practice. Sub-topic ideas should include primary care, mental health, pediatrics, geriatrics, or palliative- end of life care.
When: November 2, 2019
Where: Springfield, MA (Tower Square Hotel)
Theme: Promoting A Diverse Nursing Workforce Leadership, Mentoring and Advocacy
The New England Chapters of the National Black Nurses Association Inc., (New Haven, Hartford, Boston and Springfield), the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (Hartford, CT, Boston and Springfield) , and the Cape Verdean Nurses Association, will be hosting the fifth annual New England Minority Nurse Leadership Conference Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Tower Square Hotel, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA from 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
When: Monday October 28, 2019 - Tuesday October 29, 2019
Where: Westbrook, CT (Water’s Edge Resort & Spa)
Theme: Neonatal and pediatric care
Tickets: Full conference price is $250
Join neonatal and pediatric professionals to learn and discuss the latest advances that build brighter futures for our children. Topics include:
- Identify emerging trends that improve clinical practice in neonatal and pediatric care
- Recognize the positive impact that clinical leadership and patient/family advocacy can have on patient outcomes and professional growth
- Network with professionals from throughout the region
- Gain valuable insight from nationally recognized experts
- Earn Contact hours (Connecticut Children's Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.)
- Neonatal, general pediatric, and critical care topics available. Mix and match to meet your needs!
When: April 30, 2020 - May 1, 2020
Where: Newton, MA (Boston Marriott)
Theme: The New England Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference features illustrations on basic EKG interpretation, suturing skills, adolescent case studies, advanced EKG interpretation, neurological exam and case studies, ENT disorders in the pediatric patient, and much more.
Tickets: Special rate $199 single/double
This 3-day conference includes timely keynote addresses as well as a variety of workshops, clinical sessions, poster presentations and industry exhibits designed to help nurse practitioners and other health care professionals develop and maintain expertise in the delivery of high quality care.
When: March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020
Where: Portland, Maine (Holiday Inn)
Theme: Critical Care
Tickets: Price N/A
American Association of Critical - Care Nurses (AACN) Horizons Conference is organized by American Association of Critical - Care Nurses (AACN) and will be held during Mar 31 - Apr 02, 2020 at Holiday Inn Portland-By The Bay, Portland, Maine, United States of America.
When: December 6, 2019 - December 7, 2019
Where: Boston, MA (Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel)
Theme: Explore the integration of care for mental health, substance abuse, and medical practitioners.
Tickets: Price N/A
The role of each team member and how they can work together will be described. Strategies will be offered to provide optimal evidence-based treatment, the essential skills needed, and how to create effective teams in order to work within integrated care systems.
When: November 1, 2019
Where: Worcester, MA (UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center)
Theme: Pediatric Primary Care Day is a one-day symposium for pediatric providers in New England, including pediatricians, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and allied health providers.
Tickets: $50 - $150
This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in pediatric and adolescent medicine, while suggesting pragmatic approaches to clinical management. Providers from UMass Memorial Medical Center will present most sessions; CME and MOC Part II credit and risk credit will be provided for attendees.
When: March 18, 2019 - March 21, 2019
Where: San Diego, CA (San Diego Convention Center)
Theme: The premier educational event for hospice and palliative care providers.
Tickets: Price N/A
The Annual Assembly, presented by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), is a 3-day event that brings together more than 3,400 of your colleagues and peers to share research, clinical best practices, and practice-related guidance to advance the specialty and improve patient care.
When: April 24, 2019 - April 27, 2019
Where: Washington, D.C.
Theme: Education and advancements across the pediatric nursing profession
Tickets: $575 (non-member)
The SPN Annual Conference showcases education and advancements across the breadth of the pediatric nursing profession. Join SPN in Washington, D.C. from April 24-27, 2019, to experience a conference jam-packed with opportunities to engage and network with colleagues and pursue professional development, all while earning contact hours. Enjoy 4 days of sessions and 650+ pediatric nurses.
Conferences provide the perfect opportunity to update your knowledge, widen your network, and grow both personally and professionally.
By taking advantage of just one, two, maybe a handful of the literally hundreds of nursing conferences around the world, you can take your career to the next level. If you’re looking for options outside of conferences, consider taking a certification program or additional degree at a local college or university.
At Labouré College, we offer a variety of online and on-campus programs for RNs to earn a BSN, for other healthcare professionals to become an RN, or for any healthcare professional to specialize in fields like neurodiagnostics, radiation therapy, and more.