2021 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference

Where AACN Members Connect with Noted Thought Leaders and Shape the Future of Nursing Education!

This past year we have been challenged, and we all have missed being together. Being apart reminded us of the vital human connections that enrich our personal and professional lives. The 2021 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference (ANLC) is the time for all of us to come back to refocus and re-establish our relationships, our community, and the health care of tomorrow.

Join us for this premier event, designed specifically for academic nursing leaders like you, to reconnect and re-energize with fellow colleagues and to impact nursing education and the future of nursing. The conference program features thought-provoking views and trendsetting ideas, award-winning speakers, and educational content carefully selected to help strengthen your role as an academic nursing leader.

Who Can Attend:
ANLC is a member-only event for the primary Dean/Director of AACN member schools of nursing and their Assistant/Associate Deans/Directors.

How to Attend:
If you are ready to meet again in-person, please join us in October in Washington, DC at the JW Marriott Hotel. If you prefer to join virtually and explore what a hybrid event looks like from that side, we welcome you to participate in that way.

Conference Venue:
JW Marriott Washington, DC
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

The safety of attendees and staff is our top priority – we will follow all relevant protocols and CDC guidelines and will work closely with the JW Marriott to promote the recommended practices at the time of the event.

Vaccination Requirements 

The responsibility for a safe and healthy event environment is shared among the event organizer, venues, and every participant. All in-person participants (including but not limited to presenters, attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, vendors) of the 2021 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference, October 30-November 1, 2021 and the Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) program, October 29-30, 2021 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC are expected to adhere to and abide by the safety precautions AACN is implementing to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

  • Verification of full COVID Vaccination *New Requirement*
    • AACN has partnered with Health Pass by CLEAR and Event Farm to provide secure and easy proof of COVID vaccination for safe entry into the conference. Trust and transparency are top priorities for AACN and our partners, and with Health Pass, users are always in control of their health information. Detailed instructions can be viewed here.
  •  â€‹Enhanced sanitization of meeting and exhibit space
  • Masking and social distancing

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing fully supports its community and appreciates the individual decisions that must be made in these extremely challenging times due to multiple factors, which we know are both professional and personal. Attendees may change their registration from in-person to virtual and virtual to in-person for the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference by contacting us at conferences@aacnnursing.org no later than three (3) business days prior to the event start date (October 26, 2021). Additional details about cancellation and refund policies are available under the ‘Register’ tab.

You should not attend these events in-person if you:

  • are not fully vaccinated (two weeks after the last required shot per CDC guidance)
  • are experiencing, or within the 10 days prior to the event start date have experienced signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • believe that you may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by the health care team responsible for your treatment.

Conference attendees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to contact AACN at conferences@aacnnursing.org if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 within 10 days after any AACN conference. Should any positive cases be reported within the 10-day timeframe, AACN will communicate this information to all registered participants. Any private health or personal data received by AACN will be treated as confidential.

*AACN is not liable for the vaccination status of any vendor staff or exhibitors who are working to help support the event. AACN has shared our vaccination policy with all contracted vendors and exhibitors.

Mask Requirement 

To ensure the safety of all participants, AACN will require all in-person attendees to wear a mask, except when actively eating or drinking. In addition, the District of Columbia has announced that, as of July 31, 2021, all people over age two must wear a mask indoors.

Duty of Care 

By attending the Academic Nursing Leadership and its pre-events, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety of all attendees and constituents. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing a mask, providing proof of vaccination, practicing appropriate physical distancing, and not attending any events if you are ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

JW Marriott Washington, DC 

Please note that at this time, the Marriott strongly encourages its employees to be vaccinated. The Marriott and AACN cannot control the vaccination status of other hotel guests not affiliated with the event. Please refer to the Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” measures at their hotels to protect the health and safety of their guests.


AACN Conference Team
Phone: 202-463-6930
Email: conferences@aacnnursing.org