14 Anticipated 2014 Health Conferences
Every year, nurses and health care professionals from across the country and around the world meet at various health conferences to learn about new advances and share ideas. The primary focus of these conferences is to improve patient care and make processes more efficient for hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. As 2014 approaches, many health care professionals begin to solidify their plans for attending upcoming health conferences. Here are 14 health conferences to consider in the coming year.
American Nursing Association (ANA) Quality Conference
Dates: February 5-7, 2014
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
The American Nursing Association supports advancements in the nursing field for better patient care. Nurses who attend this health conference will meet with patient care experts and network with their peers to discuss best practices, new research, and quality-focused innovations in the field. Some notable speakers at the ANA Quality Conference will include Karen Daley, president of the ANA, Lucian Leape, Harvard health policy analyst, and Nancy Dunton, a principal investigator on several research projects in social and health services.
Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL)
Dates: February 9-12, 2014
Location: Monterey, California
The Association of California Nurse Leaders strives to influence health policy changes, educate nurses, and promote quality patient care. Through its annual health conference, the ACNL offers resources, information, and insight that can help nurses become leaders in their field. Attendees will choose from a large number of presentations on a variety of topics, including medical advancements and technologies. Nurses will also gain the opportunity to attend breakout sessions to network further. This year’s theme is Oceans of Opportunity: The Next Wave of Nurse Leadership.
Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP)
Dates: March 20-22, 2014
Location: Washington, D.C.
The Nursing Advancement Professionals annual conference is open to individuals who are involved in external relations programs for nursing schools across the country. The primary focus of this conference is to provide valuable information for those who work in marketing, public relations, communications, and other administrative areas within nursing schools. The event begins with a keynote presentation and reception and is attended by many leaders in the nursing field.
Nursing 2014 Symposium
Dates: March 27-29, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
The Nursing Symposium is an educational opportunity for nurses to collaborate with others in the field and learn more about the latest patient care techniques. This health conference is primarily focused on nurses who are in direct care positions. Topics will be presented by expert faculty members who are dedicated to educating nursing professionals. Continuing education credits are awarded to all attendees.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners Health Policy Conference
Dates: March 30-April 1, 2014
Location: Arlington, Virginia
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners holds its annual health policy conference to offer insight into the latest changes in the field and address issues that affect nursing professionals. The conference provides nurse practitioners with the information they need to advance their careers. This health policy conference will feature keynote speaker Claire Shipman, senior contributor for Good Morning America, Nightline, and World News Tonight.
Texas Organization of Nursing Executives (TONE)
Dates: April 3-4, 2014
The Texas Organization of Nursing Executives strives to provide nurses with continuing education opportunities that empower them to become leaders in the field. At its annual conference, TONE offers a full program of presenters and hands-on activities that give nurses the resources they need to make a difference in the quality of care they provide to patients.
National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
Dates: April 9-13, 2014
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
The National Student Nurses Association serves to mentor students who are working toward their nursing degree. Through this annual health conference, the NSNA educates nursing students on the ethics, standards, and skills they need to succeed. This year’s theme for the conference is Strong Voices and Big Dreams: Influencing the Future.
Dates: April 9-14, 2014
Location: Washington, D.C.
TEDMED2014 is a health conference that attracts individuals from other related fields. This conference is designed to provide critical information to current and future health care professionals about changes occurring in the field. The conference consists of short speeches and artistic performances that provoke thought and future innovation. This dynamic event is a unique variation on the typical health conference.
New England Regional Black Nurses Association Annual Spring Conference (NERBNA)
Dates: April 25, 2014
Location: Norwood, Massachusetts
The New England Regional Black Nurses Association is dedicated to ensuring that African Americans receive the quality health care they require. This one-day event offers unique learning experiences that help health care professionals investigate and determine the unique needs of African American patients.
Dates: June 2-5, 2014
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
CleanMed is an organization that strives to provide green solutions to reduce the impact that health care practices have on the environment. At the CleanMed 2014 health conference, vendors who utilize green processes and offer products that promote sustainability can connect with health care professionals who can benefit from their products or services. Joe Flower, health care speaker, writer, and consultant, will serve as the opening keynote speaker. Rebecca Onie, co-founder of Health Leads, will also speak.
Dates: June 8-10, 2014
Location: San Diego, California
The AcademyHealth conference brings together researchers, key decision makers, and other health care professionals to learn about the impact of changing health care policies. In addition to addressing health care policy changes, the conference allows individuals to sharpen their research skills and network with other medical professionals and researchers from around the world.
Health 2.0 Fall Conference
Dates: September 22-24, 2014
Location: Santa Clara, California
The Health 2.0 Fall Conference showcases the latest technologies that are changing the health care industry each year. In addition to a full schedule featuring many of the best speakers in the field, the conference offers attendees the opportunity to view new health care product demos to learn about the future of health care. Attendees gain valuable networking opportunities as well.
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2014 Annual Conference
Dates: October 26-29, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
The Medical Group Management Association works to provide patients with high-quality medical care through the use of innovative health care products and technologies. Its 2014 annual conference offers networking opportunities for health care administrators. Over the course of the three-day conference, medical administrators can discuss the latest changes in the health care industry with a variety of vendors.
Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE) Primary Care Conference
Dates: November 8-11, 2014
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
The Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education is a nonprofit organization that strives to provide nurse practitioners in the New England area with the resources they need to be successful in the field. The Primary Care Conference serves as a venue for continuing education credits and professional enrichment opportunities that help nurse practitioners, students, and other health care professionals build their skills. The event begins with a pre-conference workshop and continues with keynote addresses and other educational programs.
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