Top 10 Reasons to Attend
the 2019 ACEN Annual Conference
As May winds down, we are less than eight weeks away from the pre-eminent ACEN annual event, the 2019 ACEN Nursing Education Accreditation Conference. Whether or not you joined your ACEN family for the inaugural Conference in 2018, we think you will find this Top 10 list helpful in knowing what makes this Conference so unique.
10. The mobile app
The ACEN Annual Conference is a paperless event utilizing a handy mobile app (available for both iPhone and Android) to share the event agenda, speaker details, session handouts, and exhibit hall maps with you. You can even download the handouts (either to your device or to your computer) to reference them again after the Conference. And the best part? The app features a social element that allows you to connect with all of the other attendees in one place!
9. Over 50 breakout sessions to choose from
You are guaranteed to take home priceless knowledge and tips from attending the Conference–there are over 50 breakout sessions for you to choose from! This is an investment in yourself, and if you bring your team of educators with you, an additional investment in your program.
8. Up to 17 hours of CEUs
The Conference offers an incredible value for your money with an opportunity for attendees to earn up to 17 hours of Continuing Education Units. The Conference alone earns you 13 CEUs, but add the optional pre-session to gain an additional four!
7. Networking breakfast included
Based on feedback from last year’s attendees, there will be a more structured networking environment in 2019. On Saturday morning, network during a two-hour breakfast with a focus on connecting mentors and protégés. Additionally, the peer group forums are back at the end of the day on Saturday, with incredible raffle drawings in EACH forum breakout room.
Atlanta is a fantastic hub of activity, great for both events and vacations. Did you know it’s considered the Hollywood of the south? Or as we like to call it down here, “Y’allywood.” From excellent restaurants to fabulous shopping and an exciting nightlife, you will NOT be disappointed in your destination. Check out the Best Things to Do in Downtown Atlanta: https://www.atlanta.net/50fun/downtown/.
5. An exhibit hall full of vendors
With two months still to go, there are already well over 30 vendors registered to exhibit at the Conference. What does this mean for you? An incredible opportunity to learn about new products, new businesses, and new services, all in one place. Additionally, many of the vendors will be offering exclusive promotions at the event so you will be able to return home knowing that you have the best deal available. Plus, Thursday night’s agenda features the Marketplace Reception, where you will be able to connect, not just with the vendors, but also with the ACEN CEO and Board of Commissioners.
4. Pre-session with NCSBN and the ACEN Directors
Have Next Generation NCLEX® on your mind? Good news for you! The four-hour pre-session will provide you with updates from the NCSBN on the current research phase of Next Gen, an overview of the new examination format, and sample examination questions. EXCLUSIVE ALERT – the impact of the examination will be discussed in terms of selected ACEN Standards and Criteria, and the session will end with a panel discussion between the ACEN Directors and Dr. Phillip Dickison, the Chief Officer of Operations and Examinations at the NCSBN.
3. The Human Library
Have you ever visited your local library and “borrowed” a person who is as engaging and full of information as a book? No? At the ACEN Annual Conference you can do just that! “Check out” an expert ACEN site visitor for 20 minutes and talk to them, ask questions, and get advice and suggestions. The Human Library is a FREE discussion, and is ONLY available at this Conference.
2. The Knowledge Café
Sit down with a cup of coffee and study exemplary ACEN Self-Study Reports, Site Visit Reports, and Focused Site Visit Reports. These are never available to the public, EXCEPT at the Conference (with the permission of the program). Take notes and help yourself and your program by learning how to write the best report possible.
1. Spending time with your peers!
The absolute best reason to attend the ACEN Annual Conference is YOU and YOUR PEERS. The camaraderie, peer networking, inspiration, and pure fun that you will have at this event is in a class of its own. One thing guaranteed is that you won’t regret coming to the 2019 ACEN Nursing Education Accreditation Conference!
No matter how you slice it, with this Top 10, the 2019 ACEN Annual Conference is #1 for nursing education and accreditation, and we can’t wait to see you there!