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July 2018

17-19 July 2018 — Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Join us for the 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings of the Global Network of World Health Organizations to be held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs) for Nursing and Midwifery comprises dedicated WHO Collaborating Centres from the six regions of WHO, who focus on nursing and midwifery. The biennial conference helps foster new connections across disciplines and geographies, encourages dynamic small group interactions, and promotes innovative and creative thinking. The theme of the conference is Sustainable Development Goals are Everyone’s Business.

Early bird registration is now open. You can save up to 15% on your registration fee if you register by 4 April 2018. Abstract submission and registration:

To help sponsor a nursing and midwifery colleague from a developing country:

18 July 2018 — Los Angeles, California, USA
This inaugural low-cost EBP Symposium will develop a foundation and vision for EBP at the community hospital, and specifically implementation strategies for the bedside nurse. The keynote address will be provided by internationally recognized expert Dr. Ellen Fineout-Overholt, co-author of textbook Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare. Breakout sessions are organized around three tracks: novice, proficient, and expert and will be led by expert faculty from Loma Linda University SON and Azusa Pacific University SON. In addition, local Magnet hospitals will shared best practices from Cedars-Sinai, Providence Holy Cross, Redlands Community Hospital, and Adventist Health West. It promises to be a wonderful event, and local hospital leadership and staff are warmly invited to join us as we dig deeper together around implementation of EBP. CEUs are available. There will be free parking, but public transportation is encouraged as the event center is within walking distance of Union Station LA. Register now at

Sigma Events  19-23 July 2018 — Melbourne, Australia
Join Sigma Theta Tau International for the 29th International Nursing Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia. Prepare to connect and engage with over 800 nurse researchers, students, clinicians, and leaders who are focused on evidence-based research.

22-25 July 2018 — Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
AACN's summer seminar provides deans, directors, and senior faculty with the opportunity to explore leadership development strategies in a setting far away from the pressures of daily administration. By attending this 3-day program led by Positive Psychologist Caroline Adams Miller, you will identify mechanisms to create a Culture of Flourishing within your school; explore the true meaning of "grit"; cultivate a mindset of self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism; and apply current research on grit and goal setting to challenges facing academic nursing. Bring your team to the beautiful province of Québec, a city with European charm, romantic ambiance, and exquisite cuisine. Brush up on your French, bring your passport, and come enjoy all that Québec has to offer!

Save $100 on registration with early bird pricing until 22 June. For more information, visit

30-31 July 2018 — Melbourne, Australia
Public Health Conferences, Global Healthcare Conferences, Nursing Events, and Healthcare Meetings will bring speakers, delegates, and sponsors from Australia, Asia, Middle East, USA, and Europe for 2018. For more information, visit

31 July-3 August 2018 — Cleveland, Ohio, USA
The National Association of Hispanic Nurses invites you to participate in the 43rd Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio! NAHN is the only nursing organization that focuses on Latino nurses. We have 44 chapters across 24 states and are committed to promoting safe, quality healthcare delivery to Latino communities. In addition, we generally serve as a center of excellence for our members providing industry model practices and a means for collaboration to advance the educational, mentorship, professional, and leadership opportunities for Latino nurses. The conference takes place at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland. For more information, please visit

August 2018

2-5 August 2018 — Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Any seasoned nurse educator will tell you that nursing education is a calling. It requires a foundation of evidence-based teaching strategies, a little creativity, and a commitment to excellence in order to be successful. During the 10th annual Nuts & Bolts conference, you will not only hear strategies from some of the top nurse educators in the country, but you will work alongside them to improve your classroom, clinical, and lab learning environments. This year’s focus on evidence-based teaching will help with every course in the curriculum. Hands-on activities help you master practical strategies for teaching and learning in fundamentals, maternal-child, medical-surgical, health assessment, and much more. Free Wi-Fi will be available. For more information, please visit

6-7 August 2018 — Hyderabad, Telangana, India
The National Workshop on Ageing and Health is focusing on the niche area of challenges of healthy and active ageing. A steep rise in an older population is not only a celebration of longevity but challenging to all sectors of the society across the world.

The workshop introduces the audience to the ageing challenges and continues to conduct India Ageing Study pilot program, supported by Shastri Indo Canadian Institute. For more information, visit

11 August 2018 — Dallas, Texas, USA
The 2018 International Neuroscience Nursing Research Symposium aims to provide nurses with current research that impacts the field of nursing and patient care within neurosciences. Nurses of all levels are invited to participate in this one day symposium. Nurse researchers from diverse disciplines will present on the topics of: acute stroke care, stroke in unique populations, traumatic brain injury, seizure management, neurological assessments, neurological monitoring, global health, and multidisciplinary collaboration. Please visit the Neuroscience Nursing Research Center website for more information about registration and abstract submission.

13-16 August 2018 — Washington, DC, USA
14th International Family Nursing Conference - Social Determinants of Family Health: Expanding Family Nursing Capacity (IFNC14). IFNC14 attendees will have the opportunity to build knowledge about family-related issues. We hope to use the occasion of meeting in the city of the United States’ national government at this important time to strategize and examine family health policy with an international lens. Our collective insights can inform initiatives of IFNA and members regarding their national constituencies. For more information, visit

17 August 2018  Versailles, Kentucky, USA
The Rule the Resus 2018 conference will be the FIRST nursing conference to ever take the teaching and learning concepts of medical education conferences and make it translatable to nursing education. With this conference, we are striving to bring together emergency healthcare professionals for safe and effective patient care, innovative learning, and shortening of the knowledge translation interval. For more information, visit

30-31 August 2018 — Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA
Join us at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA, for this opportunity for nurse leaders to learn about emerging issues and successful strategies while networking with fellow nursing colleagues from across the region.

The SWPONL Annual Educational Conference offers you the opportunity to learn from our expert speakers as well as from experienced peers who share your same journey. Attendees will have the chance to mingle with colleagues and friends during the Networking and Poster Reception on Thursday. The reception is included with your registration and is open to all attendees.

Posters on display will represent new ideas and programs to improve patient care and patient care delivery developed by individuals and organizations within the Southwestern Pennsylvania healthcare region. Take the opportunity to talk to the poster authors and get valuable ideas and information. For more information, please visit

September 2018

13-15 September 2018  San Diego, California, USA
The American Association for the History of Nursing and co-hosts Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing & San Diego State University School of Nursing are co-sponsoring the Association's 35th Annual Conference. The conference provides a forum for nurses, nurse historians, and researchers interested in sharing new research that addresses events, issues, and topics in any area of nursing and healthcare history; broadly construed to encompass the history of nursing, global nursing history, nursing practice, healthcare institutions, caring, illness, healing work, and public health. 

Please consider joining us in beautiful San Diego as we celebrate 35 years of exploring, celebrating, and capturing nursing history. For more information, visit

13-15 September 2018 — Oak Brook, Illinois, USA
Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) is designed as a multi-disciplinary approach to palliative care. At ‘Become an EPEC Trainer’ Conferences, participants learn palliative care skills and competencies and are introduced to effective teaching methods. Today there are more than 3,500 EPEC Trainers in the United States and 25 other countries, and untold numbers of users of the EPEC Curriculum. For more information, visit

Sigma Events  15-18 September 2018 — Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Leadership Connection, held each even-numbered year, combines chapter and nursing leadership topics. Chapter leaders learn the skills necessary to operate well-functioning, vital chapters, while the other half of the program is devoted to a variety of topics relevant to today’s nursing workforce.

17-18 September 2018 — Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
The conference title is “Sustainability in Excellence: The Future of Critical Care,” and we have secured some fascinating keynotes who can discuss themes on this essential topic. We’ll have a variety of sessions including oral presentations, posters, workshops, and simulation labs, all within the following themes:

  • Developing New Roles & Ways of Working
  • Building Resilience Within Critical Care Nursing 
  • Education & Training
  • The Role of Research Nurses and Nursing Research Within Critical Care
  • Patient & Family Involvement Within Critical Care
  • Quality Improvement Projects With a Focus on Prevention

For more information, please visit: ​

19-21 September 2018 — Bemidji, Minnesota, USA
Join us for Facilitating Holistic Nursing Care Through a Multicultural Lens conference in Northern Minnesota. This international conference provides a forum to discuss strategies that encourage understanding of the client’s worldview. Through this lens, a foundation essential to facilitating clients’ health, healing, and well being, within a cultural perspective, will be shared. Co-creating relationship-based plans of care with our patients/clients within their worldview, facilitates patient/client engagement, healing, health, wellness, and sets the stage for patient/client participation, nurse-patient/client satisfaction, and decreased patient/client complications, nurse attrition, and hospital re-admissions. Presentations address the following goals:

a). Intercultural dialogue to facilitate healing, health, and well being through understanding the client’s worldview and cultural perspective
b) Dissemination of knowledge and application of the Modeling and Role-Modeling holistic nursing theory acquired through research, practice, and teaching;
c) a forum for intercultural dialogue on holistic nursing concepts in relation to Modeling and Role-Modeling theory
d) Inspire best practices, education, and research grounded in holistic relationship-centered nursing across populations and cultures.

16 CNEs have been approved and can be used towards the certification application or re-certification requirements for national credentialing in Holistic Nursing or Nurse Coaching. (Examinations are nationally accredited and ANCC Magnet approved.) For more information, visit To access the conference brochure, please go to Contact Margaret Erickson at with any questions.

25-28 September 2018 — London, United Kingdom
The Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium helps prepare healthcare leaders to effectively work in and/or lead major public health departments, public or private organizations, and global programs and initiatives, thereby directly and indirectly improving the health of people worldwide.
Attendance at this symposium prepares globally-aware healthcare leaders to:

  1. Participate in global healthcare ventures and networking.
  2. Become a global thought and practice leader, locally, and regionally.
  3. Provide local and regional consultation to meet dynamic global healthcare challenges.
  4. View healthcare issues from a global perspective.
28 September 2018  Los Angeles, California, USA
The 17th Annual Research and Evidence‐Based Practice Conference will be held on 28 September 2018 at the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. The theme is Exploring Evidence-Based Care Transitions Across the Lifespan. 

You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration as a podium or poster presentation. Completed, works-in-progress, and previously presented/published studies and projects are welcome. Primary presenters will attend the conference at a reduced rate.

For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit:

The conference provides an opportunity to raise awareness of new healthcare trends, while supporting quality improvement, evidence‐based practice, research, and innovation at the bedside. The 2018 conference program will feature a wide range of topics focusing on interprofessional collaboration, innovation, inquiry, and improving patient care. Highlights of the event include: a keynote speaker; an impressive range of other speakers, podium, and poster presentations representing researchers, clinicians, educators, and students; and numerous networking opportunities. Our conference participants are leaders, educators, innovators, and influencers, who are tasked to learn the latest in innovation and best practice and bring that information back to their units and institutions. 

October 2018

3-6 October 2018 — Denver, Colorado, USA
This conference focuses on the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for any nurse who cares for persons with substance use, abuse, and addictions. Providing patient centered care through prevention, screening, treatment, and recovery services is best brought about when interdisciplinary teams work together to accomplish effective and successful patient care outcomes. Interdisciplinary collaboration utilizes the Institute Of Medicine’s core competencies of evidence-based practice, informatics, and quality assurance to promote positive lifestyle changes. Attendees will increase their skills and knowledge base for collaborative practice with healthcare colleagues to further patient centered care for those with substance use disorders. For more information about this event, please visit

9-10 October 2018 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, is pleased to announce the 2018 Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum, to support early career development and international networking of emerging nursing scholars who are embarking on a research focused career. The Bloomberg Nursing is widely recognized as a research-intensive environment that promotes education and scholarship in nursing. 

Competitive awards to provide support for travel and accommodation will be given to all successful applicants. 

Selected through a peer review application process, participants will be invited to present their doctoral/postdoctoral research to peers and faculty. Preference will be given to applicants whose research and academic interests focus on public health (the health of individuals, groups, or populations), health systems, and/or improvement of care/outcomes.

Applications are invited from Canadian, American, and international Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners who are near completion (i.e. data analysis complete), have recently completed a PhD in nursing, or who currently hold or have completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the past year.

Participants will be able to meet with nurse researchers who have established successful careers in nursing science. During the forum, Bloomberg faculty will lead discussion sessions and speak on the successful development of an academic career.

Application deadline is June 20, 2018. For more information, visit

15-16 October 2018 — Boston, Massachusetts, USA
We invite you to attend the Healthcare Quality and Safety 2018 conference. This special 2-day program provides proven strategies and specific guidance for introducing, sustaining, and advancing improvements in:

  • Healthcare quality
  • Patient safety
  • Medication safety
  • Innovative care delivery and redesign
  • Process improvement
  • Change management
  • Leadership

Unique to this conference is its 360-degree educational approach — offering diverse, multidisciplinary perspectives from experts — including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, as well as legal, compliance, and risk management thought leaders. Each presentation offers proven approaches to turning quality and safety strategies, standards, innovations, and mandates into sustainable daily practices and operations.

11-13 October 2018  Seattle, Washington, USA
We invite you to join us for the 41st Annual Conference: Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care. This conference offers healthcare providers an opportunity to validate and enhance clinical competencies; acquire new assessment and management skills; examine critical issues in healthcare at the state and national level; network with colleagues in advanced practice; and learn about new products, services, and pharmacotherapeutic agents. Conference faculty include distinguished national, regional, and local experts. Concurrent sessions allow participants to design their own educational tracks in the areas of acute, adolescent, adult, family, geriatric, midwifery, pediatric, psychosocial, and women’s healthcare. In addition, special interest group meetings on Thursday and Friday and workshops on Saturday provide a broad spectrum of in-depth learning opportunities for providers in all settings. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, case studies, demonstration, and practica.

16-18 October 2018 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
The Nurse-Led Care Conference 2018 will convene national leaders to examine challenges, opportunities, and solutions for transforming healthcare through nurse-led models of care. The event includes plenary sessions, breakout presentations, and in-depth pre-conference workshops. Learning activities focus on public health nursing, workforce development, and practice transformation supporting inter-professional, team-based models, and other methods that address the needs of vulnerable populations through value-based care. For more information, visit

17-20 October 2018 — San Antonio, Texas, USA
The Transcultural Nursing Society Inc. is pleased to invite you to attend the 44th Annual Conference and meeting: Transcultural Approaches to Advance Health Care. This theme is timely for all aspects of healthcare including education, practice, administration, and research. Nurses and healthcare professionals from around the globe will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue, learning, 
and discovery. The conference objectives that will be address include: 
- Exploring the connectedness of Transcultural Nursing Education, Practice, Research, and Administration.
- Examining population health through meaningful use of transcultural theories and evidence-based best practices. 
- Identifing new and innovative transcultural nursing strategies to promote delivery of evidence-based care.
- Synthesizing ecological, global, and social determinants of health to develop culturally relevant programs and services for individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Registration will open in February 2018. Visit for more information.

19 October 2018 — Warrensville Heights, Ohio, USA
Join us on 19 October 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio, for the 6th Annual Nursing Innovation Summit, presented by the Office of Nursing Research and Innovation at the Cleveland Clinic.

Keynote speakers include: Roberta Ness, MD, MPH, author of “Innovation Generation”, “Genius Unmasked”, “Creativity in the Sciences”, and “The Creativity Crisis” and Michael Ackerman DNS, RN, CENP, FCCM, FAANP, Director of the Master in Healthcare Innovation Program and Professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University.

This one day conference also features two interactive panel discussions: "Getting Started With an Innovation" and "Ask the Experts". Both feature a lawyer, nurse innovators, and other experts in innovation and ideation.

Presenters include nurses and other experts from around the country who have succeeded in innovation. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear their stories and learn how you too can become an innovator.

Opportunities are provided to learn, collaborate, and network with experts and peers from around the country who are also interested in innovation.

Continental breakfast, luncheon, and continuing education (included in registration fee) make this a wonderful one-day meeting, well worth the cost.

Please join us. For more information, visit

24-26 October 2018 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We are delighted to invite you to submit abstracts, attend, and register for the largest worldwide conference dedicated to work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector: the 6th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector. For more information, please visit

24-27 October 2018 — Columbus, OH, USA
Join us for the APNA 32nd Annual Conference: Trusted Agents of Change: Nurses Balancing Inequities in Mental Health Care.

The APNA Annual Conference delivers 100+ varied continuing education sessions and networking opportunities to the 1600+ psychiatric-mental health RNs and APRNs who attend each year. Attendees have the opportunity to earn 25+ CNE contact hours onsite and an additional 100+ contact hours online. Together, we spark change through education, collaboration, and innovation.

25-26 October 2018  Pittsburgh, Philadelphia USA
A national forum focusing on critical issues in healthcare practice and policy through the lens of social justice, the McGinley-Rice Symposium looks into the face of the person who has been trafficked and views the world through his or her eyes. For more information, please visit

25-27 October 2018 — Bodrum, Mugla Turkey
The Hacettepe University Faculty of Nursing is honored to invite you to the 7th International Nursing Management Conference which will be held between 25-27 October 2018 in Bodrum, Turkey.

Jo Corlett argues that “the theory-practice gap has been the subject of much debate within nursing. Issues include: where the gap is, whether it is a positive or negative phenomenon and whether attempts should be made to bridge it”. Both educators and managers have worked together to answer these issues.

As a result of these discussions we are proud to announce the conference theme: “Nurses are Hand in Hand: Impacting the Future of Health Care”.

Nurses responsible for leading or managing a professional practice ask themselves how they can create a climate where: Nurses grow and flourish, patients and families receive the highest quality care, and professionals work collaboratively to ensure quality patient care.

The conference addresses these issues: 
• Enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration in health care
• Management and leadership for best practices in health care
• Practitioners and educators: Sharing the responsibility for creating a safe culture
• Evidence based practices impacting health care
• United for the future: Learning from experience
The program will be a memorable one, one in which recognized experts address the conference topics in both oral and poster presentations.

We will be requesting continuing education credits certification from the International Council of Nurses. This has been approved for previous INMC conferences. 

We look forward to welcoming you in Bodrum, Turkey, in October 2018. 

26-28 October 2018 — Orlando, Florida, USA
Save the date and join us for 2018 ISONG World Congress - Building Connections to Genomic Health! The Congress dates are 26-28 October 2018. Please join us for the welcome reception on 25 October. The Congress committee is working hard to bring you the very best program possible keeping with the mission of ISONG to foster scientific discovery and professional growth in nursing and human genetics and genomics worldwide. 

The focus of the 2018 ISONG World Congress is "Building Connections to Genomic Health." Presentations by keynote, plenary, invited speakers, and abstract presentations will be selected to meet the following program objectives:

  • Discuss strategies for developing connections between patients, educators, researchers, and practitioners to improve the genomic health of populations.
  • Identify useful online genomic tools for education, research, and clinical care.
  • Understand the role that human genomic diversity plays in health research and clinical practice.
  • Identify the unique contribution of nursing in connecting patients, providers, researchers, and educators to improve and sustain genomic health.
8-9 November 2018 — Del Mar, California, USA
23rd Joint Southern California Chapters
Sigma Nursing Odyssey Conference 2018
Designing the Future of Health Care: Nurses Connecting, Collaborating, and Catalyzing
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10 November 2018 — Del Mar, California, USA
Join the Omicron Delta Chapter in exploring emerging technologies and linkage to clinical applications, education, administration, and research. Network with clinical practitioners, students, faculty, researchers, and administrators.

Keynote speakers:
  • Dr. Jamie Vargo-Warren from Chamberlain University 
  • Dr. Beth Vottero from Purdue University

The day will include keynote presentations, breakout sessions, poster presentations, exhibits, and much more. Fore more information, visit



February 2019

Sigma Events  22-24 February 2019 — New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Creating Healthy Work Environments. is designed to help leaders in both academic and clinical settings develop, implement, and maintain strategies that will improve their organizations' work environments. Call for abstracts opening soon. For more information, visit

March 2019

14-17 March 2019 — Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Joint Meeting of the 4th Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History & 21st Southern Association for the History of Medicine & Science Conferences. This collaboration promises to offer a great variety of papers pertaining to the history of nursing and medicine. The conference will be held at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Please visit for more information.

June 2019

7-10 June 2019 — New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association 27th Annual Education Conference 
With a focus on "The Many Faces of IDD Nursing" for its 2019 conference, DDNA welcomes abstracts from nurses around the world who provide healthcare and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Opportunities are available for podium (60-90"), breakout (90"), and poster presentations. Broad topical areas may include experiences in IDD policy leadership; clinical and community-based, evidence-based, and collaborative practice; and IDD nursing education and research. As the premiere nursing specialty organization committed to advocacy, education, and support for IDD specialty nurses, DDNA seeks to foster the growth of nursing knowledge and expertise about optimal care of people with IDD, thereby improving their care, services, and quality of life. For more information, visit or email your questions to

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