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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - AACN's 2020 Deans Annual Meeting Cancelled

Given the unfolding public health concern posed by the Coronavirus and the critical leadership roles our members play on campus and in their home communities related to care delivery and prevention, AACN has moved to cancel the Deans Annual Meeting, Executive Development Series for Deans, Student Policy Summit, and the Nursing Advancement Professionals Conference planned for March 19-24, 2020 in Washington, DC. This difficult decision was made after much deliberation, a review of the latest evidence, and in the best interest of our members’ health and safety.

Full refunds of the registration fees will be processed for the cancelled events within the next 30 days. We urge you to contact your hotel to cancel your room reservation at least 72 hours in advance of when you were scheduled to arrive. Most major airlines are currently waiving change/cancellation fees for tickets purchased for March travel. For additional questions regarding these conferences, please reach out to

AACN's Advancing Academic Leadership for New Deans meeting and CCNE's Invitational Workshop on Writing Self Studies will continue with an online offering, and additional information will be shared with those respective registrants shortly. 

2020 Deans Annual Meeting

The Meeting Place for Chief Academic Nursing Officers!

Every Spring, more than 350 Chief Academic Nursing Officers come together in Washington, DC for the AACN Deans Annual Meeting. In an intimate setting, Deans and Directors from AACN Member Schools of Nursing engage face-to-face with peers and noted thought leaders to discuss organizational and legislative priorities as well as opportunities impacting nursing education.

Energizing and interactive learning formats provide a rich learning environment for participants and promote solution sharing. Carefully selected speakers and content experts present thought provoking views and trend-setting ideas to help strengthen your role as an academic nursing leader.

Pre-Conference Opportunities

Executive Development Series for Deans
March 20-21, 2020
A program designed for leaders in higher education to gain high-level leadership and management skills. Tailored to the challenges and opportunities of those that serve as the Chief Academic Nursing Officer (Deans/ Directors), this series examines Leadership to Achieve the Vision. Seasoned academic nursing leaders share their experiences and expertise offering tips and tools for faculty and staff engagement, how to develop your leadership team, managing and mitigating risk, and how to overcome obstacles and barriers in leadership to effectively implement your vision.
(1.5 day pre-program)

Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Conference
If you are a development officer, advancement professional, or public relations leader from a nursing program, this conference is for you!
The Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Conference provides an opportunity for nursing education advancement, development, marketing, and communications professionals to explore future trends in academic nursing, share success stories, develop innovative new strategies, and to establish a resource network of peers.
(1.5 day pre-program)

Hotel Information

The Fairmont Washington, DC
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-429-2400

  • The room rate is $299 single/double.
  • The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is February 26, 2020.
  • Phone Reservations: call 800-441-1414 and request the group rate for AACN.
  • Online Reservations: Book Here

Sign up for Fairmont President's Club. Members of the Fairmont President's Club can enjoy complimentary high speed internet access in your guest room and free health club access along with other benefits. To sign up for Fairmont President's club go to When prompted for a "Hotel Invitation" select The Fairmont Washington, D.C. You will be issued an FPC number immediately. In order to take advantage of the complimentary services you must sign up for Fairmont President's Club prior to your arrival.

The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early. If/when the room block fills, AACN will post a list of alternative hotel on its website. Below are nearby hotels with availability.

The Westin Georgetown (approximately 3 minutes)
2350 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037

  • The room rate starts at $220 single/double. 
  • The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is February 26, 2019. 
  • For reservations, call the hotel at 1-888-627-8406 or book online via the following link: Book your group rate for AACN Overflow Room Block
  • The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early.
    If/when the room block fills, AACN will post a list of alternative hotels on its website.

The following hotels are within walking distance of The Fairmont Washington and may have availability over the meeting dates:

Park Hyatt Washington (approximately 3 minutes)
1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC 20037 

Embassy Suites Washington
(approximately 5 minutes)
1250 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Best Western Georgetown Hotel and Suites
(approximately 6 minutes)
1121 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037


Closest Airport: Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Distance: 15 minute drive to/from the JW Marriott Washington, DC Metro Accessible on the Red and Orange/Blue lines, 3 Blocks from The Fairmont
Costs: $20.00 Taxi one way

Closest Airport: Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Distance: 35 minute drive to/from the Fairmont Washington, DC
Costs: $71.00 Taxi one way

Closest Airport: Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI)
Distance: Approximately 60 minute drive to/from the JW Marriott Washington, DC Metro Accessible on the Red and Orange/Blue lines, 2 Blocks from the Fairmont, Washington, DC
Costs: $98.00 Taxi one way

Shuttles are available through Super Shuttle at
Shuttle fares are: DCA (approximately $15 each way); IAD (approximately $30 each way); and BWI (approximately $40 each way).

Parking is available at $20.00/one hour, $20.00/one to two hours, $30.00/two to three hours, $35/all day or three to ten hours, and $56.00/after ten hours or overnight.

Above rates are subject to change.

Continuing Education Credit

Participants are eligible to earn continuing nursing education (CNE) hours, which will be awarded to those who attest to attendance at entire sessions and complete the electronic evaluation process after the event.

Dietary and Special Needs

If you have any dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, kosher, or gluten-free) or special needs, please email us prior to the event at

Contact Information

AACN Conference Team
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-463-6930