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Important Update Regarding In-Person Attendance at AACN Conferences

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is committed to protecting the health and safety of conference attendees, partners, staff, and constituents. To enable in-person events to take place with lower risk to participants, effective October 1, 2021, AACN is requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admittance to any AACN in-person meeting and event.

Our decisions and preventive measures are guided by the requirements and recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal, state, and local health authorities. AACN is working closely with the conference venues to implement preventative measures to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus at our conferences.

The responsibility for a safe and healthy event environment is a shared responsibility among the event organizer, venues, and every participant. Beginning with the Academic Nursing Leadership Conference, October 30-November 1, 2021, all in-person participants (including but not limited to presenters, attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, vendors) of AACN conferences are expected to adhere to and abide by the safety precautions AACN is implementing to protect against the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Verification of full COVID vaccination for in-person participation 
  • Enhanced sanitization of meeting and exhibit spaces
  • Masking and social distancing

Details regarding the process for verification of COVID vaccine will be shared with all conference registrants and provided on the AACN website soon. AACN fully supports its community and respects the individual decisions that must be made in these extremely challenging times. Therefore, attendees may change their registration from in-person to virtual and virtual to in-person for Hybrid Events by contacting us at no later than three (3) business days prior to the event start date. Additional details about cancellation and refund policies are available online on the conference websites.

AACN is committed to keeping our conference attendees safe, while creating exceptional experiences. We look forward to another energizing conference season and thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 

AACN reserves the right to modify this policy at any time based on updated recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal, state, and local health authorities. For questions, contact Nadja Beverage at