Important Conference Update

CNL Summit Transitions to Virtual Event Only

January 14, 2022

Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly-contagious Omicron variant, AACN has made the difficult decision to transition the CNL Summit to a fully virtual event. The safety of our members is our top priority, and we believe this action is needed to protect the health of the academic nursing community. Thank you for your patience and continued support during these unpredictable times. 

A Contemporary Look at the Clinical Nurse Leader: Versatility and Leadership

February 17-19, 2022 | Virtual

The national response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the needs of today’s healthcare system into clear focus. Major health systems across the nation have discovered how Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) bring leadership, innovation, and versatility to the point of care. Looking to the future, practice and academic leaders are assessing how has health care changed, what opportunities does the future hold, and how can we best prepare CNLs to thrive in a transformed system?

The Summit provides a forum for both healthcare and academic audiences to showcase achievements in implementing the CNL role in education and practice. Whether your institution has adopted the CNL model or is exploring new ways to achieve quality outcomes, the CNL Summit will provide tools to enhance your understanding of the changing healthcare environment and the value added by CNLs.

Who Should Attend:

Deans, faculty, CNOs, nurse managers, other health professionals, practicing CNLs and students.

How to Attend:

The 2022 CNL Summit has transitioned to a virtual event only. Registrants will receive an email prior to the event on how to join the virtual conference.


UPDATE:  The CNL Summit is now a fully virtual event. No vaccination or masks requirements will be required.


AACN Conference Team
Phone: 202-463-6930


“The CNL Summit is perfect for practicing CNLs, nurse administrators, faculty, and students. It allows for idea sharing, robust discussions, and networking with peers; and provides the opportunity to identify areas for professional development and scholarship.”

“As a CNL student, it was a great feeling and learning experience to be among CNLs. I learned a lot about networking and the true meaning of collaboration.”

“The speakers were engaging, energetic, and excited to talk about their content. I am looking forward to incorporating design thinking into future problem resolutions.”

“I enjoyed this conference very much, well done superior content and gave a vision for future CNL work.”

"Excellent topics, speakers, and wonderful examples from expert CNLs! Thank you for the wonderful experience. I will be looking forward to future CNL Research Symposiums."