Open exclusively to AACN Member Deans/Directors and Associate/Assistant Deans/Directors, this prestigious conference connects members with noted thought leaders to discuss key organizational, funding, and legislative challenges and opportunities impacting nursing education.

Why You Should Attend

1. Hear Thought Leaders and Industry Experts

AACN’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference has been retooled to better serve our members by featuring thought-provoking views and trendsetting ideas, award-winning speakers, and updates on select topics of interest to those on the leading edge of nursing education.


2. Immerse Yourself in a Rich Learning Environment

Enhance your knowledge and expertise by participating in a variety of interactive learning formats, including plenary and breakout sessions, focused discussions, informal breakfast forums, and more. Topics and educational content are carefully selected to help you strengthen your role as an academic nursing leader.


Associate Deans/Directors are encouraged to attend the complimentary new member orientation session on Saturday afternoon and to register for the Organizational Leadership Network (OLN) Program. The OLN fosters professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues for nursing academic leaders with broad administrative responsibilities.


3. Experience a Collaborative Community of Peers

There is no better way than connecting in person with your peers to collaborate on issues important to your institution, to share your challenges and get the support you need, and to be inspired by each other’s success stories.


For our New Deans, a facilitated breakfast discussion provides a great learning experience on the opportunities and challenges of a new deanship. Dedicated networking time is available to you throughout the conference for enriching peer-to-peer interaction.


4. Earn Recertification Credits

Your attendance earns you valuable continuing nursing education (CE) hours toward maintaining your certification and/or license. AACN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.


5. Meet with Innovative Vendors and Suppliers

Get exclusive access to high-profile exhibitors showcasing their innovative products and services in our Learning Center.


Registration Fees


Registration is open only to the primary Dean/Chair/Director of AACN-Member Schools of Nursing and their Associate/Assistant Dean/Director guest(s). No exceptions/ substitutions allowed

Dean/Chair/Director Registration Fees:

     Early Bird
By September 28 
     Regular After
September 28
  $449             $549

*Associate/Assistant Dean/Director Registration Fees:

     Early Bird 
By September 28  
     Regular After 
September 28 
  $419            $519

*Dean/Chair/Director needs to be registered first in order for the Associate/Assistant Dean/Director guest(s) to register and to receive a $30 discount.