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Nursing Conferences 2023: A List of Events to Attend

Gayle Morris, BSN, MSN
Updated April 7, 2023
    Explore nursing conferences in 2023 and how they can encourage networking and sharing evidence-based practice. Some may offer CE hours.
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    • Nurses are expected to be lifelong learners to practice in an evolving and growing healthcare environment.
    • Nursing conferences support professional development, offer networking opportunities, and present evidence-based research on which nursing practice must rest to improve patient outcomes.
    • Nursing conferences in 2023 are a combination of in-person and virtual events, which increases your opportunity to attend if travel is not an option.

    Are you thinking about attending a nursing conference this year? Conferences can support your professional development and career advancement despite your busy schedule. In the current complex healthcare environment, nurses are expected to continue to learn and expand their knowledge base.

    Discover some of the many benefits of attending nursing conferences in 2023 and a list of the planned conferences, where they will happen, and what they will cover.

    Why You Should Attend a Nursing Conference

    There are huge benefits to attending nursing conferences. Evidence-based research drives changes in healthcare practice, which nurses must understand and practice to protect patient outcomes. For example, while wet-to-dry dressing changes were standard practice for wound care in the past, different dressings are now used since they have been shown to speed healing and prevent infection.

    Nurses can earn continuing education (CE) hours for attending conferences, which serves the dual purpose of staying current and fulfilling license requirements. Before signing up for a nursing conference this year — at which you expect to receive CE hour credit — be sure the CE hours are accredited by an organization recognized by your state board of nursing.

    Sometimes, attending specialty conferences can help nurses earn certification, such as a wound care certification. Nursing conferences are also well received on nursing resumes as it demonstrates the value the nurse places on ongoing education. Finally, at conferences, nurses can network with nursing colleagues and leaders in the field from across the country.

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    Nursing Conferences 2023

    There are many nursing conferences in 2023. As you look through the conferences this year, consider those in your field of interest that will help advance your career and contribute to your nursing professional development.

    Watch for discounted prices for early registration, including discounted hotel reservations.

    World Nursing Conference

    • When: April 10-12, 2023
    • Where: San Francisco, California
    • Topic: This international conference aims to strengthen the impact of a multidisciplinary program. A wide range of topics is covered, including but not limited to research, administration, legal, and advanced practice. Public health, community health, mental health, pediatrics, gynecology, and trauma are also discussed. Nursing students receive a discount.

    Pain Management Nursing 2023

    • When: April 25-26, 2023
    • Where: Rochester, Minnesota
    • Topic: This conference explores a variety of approaches to acute and chronic pain management, including pharmacological and holistic interventions. Topics will include integrative therapy, inequities in pain treatment, medical cannabis, and pain from the patient’s point of view. American Nurses Credentialing Center CE hours are awarded for advanced practice nursing pharmacology.

    51st Global Congress on Nursing Care and Research

    • When: June 1-3, 2023
    • Where: Valencia, Spain
    • Topic: Seven influential nursing leaders from around the world are speaking and leading workshops for educators, caregivers, and researchers to review nursing challenges and scientific achievements. Nursing leaders from over 50 countries are expected, which offers a unique networking opportunity to interact with worldwide colleagues and professionals. Attendees can expect sessions on healthcare, nursing practice, education and management, and surgical nursing to name a few.

    Association of Community Health Nursing Educators & Association of Public Health Nurses 2023 Annual Institute

    • When: June 5-8, 2023
    • Where: San Diego, California
    • Topic: The conference provides a meeting ground for nursing leaders committed to community and public health nursing. The goal is to highlight new insights, identify and build interests between educators and practitioners, explore emerging trends, and collaborate on approaches to transition from training to practice.

    Annual Geriatric Care Conference

    • When: July 18, 2023
    • Where: Rochester, Minnesota
    • Topic: The conference addresses caring for seniors with a focus on palliative care, constipation, high blood pressure, mental health, and trauma-informed care. The conference is for healthcare professionals working in long-term care facilities, home care, and acute care settings.

    Emergency Nursing

    • When: September 21-23, 2023
    • Where: San Diego, California
    • Topic: This annual nursing conference offers high-quality sessions on key clinical topics to emergency room nurses and networking events. Click on the registration link for early bird registration and the schedule of events.

    International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice

    • When: September 27-30, 2023
    • Where: Phoenix, Arizona
    • Topic: After attending the conference, participants should have increased knowledge about the science of forensic nursing, the concepts that impact the future, and the global response to violence. The conference addresses how barriers to equitable care impact patient outcomes and introduces strategies to incorporate evidence-based research in forensic nursing practice.

    7th Edition of the Nursing World Conference

    • When: October 16-18, 2023
    • Where: Boston, Massachusetts
    • Topic: The conference will be a hybrid event emphasizing the newest and unique research strategies enhancing nursing. Speakers include researchers, nurse practitioners, midwives, clinicians, and industry giants. The conference covers the most recent scientific data and offers the opportunity to network with colleagues and exchange skills and experiences.

    Orthopedic 2023 CNE Nursing Conference

    • When: October 19-20, 2023
    • Where: Phoenix, Arizona
    • Topic: The conference is targeted at nurses, physical therapists, and others involved in the care and treatment of orthopedic patients. The speakers will explore topics that impact patients, such as regenerative medicine, health disparities in pain management, surgical procedures, and nursing research.

    48th Annual Mayo Clinic Seminar for Nurse Anesthetists

    • When: October 25-27, 2023
    • Where: Rochester, Minnesota
    • Topic: The conference provides an overview of the latest evidence-based advances in anesthesiology management and pharmacology. Mayo Clinic faculty share current guidelines that apply to clinical practice.

    AACN 2023 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

    • When: October 28-30, 2023
    • Where: Washington, D.C.
    • Topic: Visit the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Upcoming Conferences page for information on the conference as it is released.

    Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research

    • When: November 11-15, 2023
    • Where: San Antonio, Texas
    • Topic: This is Sigma Theta Tau’s largest event which occurs every two years and features networking opportunities, over 800 presentations, and plenary speakers. Past conventions have hosted more than 2,000 nursing leaders and Sigma members.