So You Want to Attend the 2021 Nursing Education Accreditation Conference!

Breanna Blalock, Meetings & Conference Logistics Coordinator  

May 20, 2021

Since 2018, the ACEN has been offering a one-of-a-kind annual conference that brings together the innovators, front-line workers, educators, administrators, students, and others in nursing education to form a community of scholarship, exchange ideas, and keep current with contemporary practices in nursing education.

This year, the 2021 ACEN Nursing Education Accreditation Conference will showcase the Lessons Learned theme, where colleagues within nursing education share what they have learned from various experiences during 2020 to current day as well as strategies that they implemented to address the disruptions that the COVID-19 pandemic created for institutions, nursing programs, classrooms, healthcare settings, clinical learning experiences, preceptor experiences, teaching/learning methods, curricula, resources, outcomes, and technology.

As we have all adjusted to the new normalcy of virtual operations, we strive to continue offering the annual ACEN conference as an opportunity for nursing programs to enhance their quality of education and contribute to organizational growth. It is our priority as the leader in nursing education accreditation to adapt to the ever-changing work environments of our constituents. With the virtual format for the 2021 conference, the conference is more accessible than ever, allowing registrants to never miss a session, spend less on general costs, earn up to four times more CEUs than the in-person conference, and still be able to network with your peers.

The 2021 conference is a five-day virtual event that will host breakout sessions, workshops, concurrent sessions with live Q&A, general sessions, the Marketplace Exhibit Hall, and networking sessions. All sessions will be available on-demand for 90 calendar days. This means if you miss a session during the live dates, then you will have the opportunity to view it later and still earn more CEUs. Just like the traditional conference, the Knowledge Café will showcase exemplary reports available for attendees’ educational reading, and the Human Library will be available for attendees to “check out” (schedule an appointment with) ACEN Directors to speak one-on-one about their nursing programs. In addition, attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to earn over 50 CEUs. While the conference has been focused on administrators and faculty for nursing programs, this year the ACEN is encouraging graduate students to attend by offering a 40% discount.

To learn more about what the conference could offer you and your nursing program’s faculty and students, please visit the event’s website.

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