Annual Conference

2017 Annual Conference

Tomorrow Belongs to Us: The Clinical Nurse Specialist Conquering Change in the Healthcare Environment

March 9-11, 2017
Loews Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA

2017 Conference Handouts

Schedule Highlights


– Full Day Pharmacology Pre-Conference Workshop

8:00am – 11:30am

– Practical Aspects of using Direct Oral Anticoagulants
Adele Robbins, PharmD, BCPS, Emory University Hospital

– Evidence-Based Management of Uncomplicated Sickle Cell Disease Vaso-Occlusive Crisis
Jasmine Jones, PharmD, CGP, WellStar-Kennestone Hospital & Donna Hunter, MS, RN-BC,
ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, WellStar Health System

1:00pm – 4:30pm

– Opiate Sparing Techniques in the Critically Ill
Andrea Sikora Newsome, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP, Augusta University

– Better Prescribing (or at least Less Bad) for Older Adults
Carolyn Clevenger, PharmD, Emory University


– Opening Keynote Address – “Know It, Drive It, Own It: Healthcare’s Change Agent Now and In the Future”
Kathleen M. Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN, Advancing Nursing LLC
– 23 Concurrent Sessions
– New Member & First Time Attendee Orientation/Luncheon
– Student Breakfast with the NACNS President
– Poster Presentations
– Opening Reception


– General Session Speaker – “Changing Outcomes One Chest Pain at a Time”
Barbara McLean, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS-NP, FCCM, Grady Health System
– 22 Concurrent Sessions
– Poster Presentations
– Incoming President’s Luncheon


– Closing General Session – “Silence: A Never Event”
Michael H. Ackerman, DNS, RN, APRN-BC, FCCM, FNAP, FAANP, Ackerman Consulting
– 8 Concurrent Sessions

Online Registration is Now Closed

Registration is now only available onsite. The registration desk will be located on the 14th Floor of the Loews Atlanta hotel in the Ellington Ballroom Pre-Function area. The registration desk will be open during the following hours:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7:30 am – 11:30 am

Onsite registration can be completed by using the Onsite Registration Form.

2017 Annual Conference Brochure 2017 Annual Conference Brochure


Need a summary of conference activities and fees to apply for funding? Click here.

Full Conference – Member $600.00
Full Conference – Student Member $500.00
Full Conference – Non-Member $800.00
Join & Register: Full Member $740.00
Join & Register: Student Member $600.00
Single Day – Member $400.00
Single Day – Student $325.00
Single Day – Non-Member $475.00

Pharmacology Pre-Conference Workshop – Wed. March 8

Half-Day – 2 Speakers
Member: $250.00
Non-Member: $300.00

Full Day – 4 Speakers
Member: $475.00
Non-Member: $575.00

Exhibit & Sponsorship Information NOW AVAILABLE

Join us in March 2017 as welcome over 500 attendees to Atlanta! The partnership prospectus provides your organization with numerous opportunities to engage this group of healthcare leaders as this event is your annual chance to showcase how your products and services can help them. All items are available on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to complete your application as soon as possible to secure your booth, sponsorship or advertising space.

Click here to download the 2017 Partnership Prospectus.
Click here to view the floor plan.

Hotel Reservations

Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 745-5000

To reserve your room online, please visit:

NACNS has secured a discounted rate of $199 per night, plus applicable taxes for meeting attendees. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The special NACNS rate will be offered until February 6, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. The discounted rate includes complimentary internet in the room.

The special rate will apply 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting dates, based upon availability at the time of booking. NACNS cannot guarantee rooms after this date or outside the conference dates. Reservations made after February 6, 2017 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the nearest available rate, and based on availability. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Loews Atlanta online through the reservations link above or by calling 1-888-563-9736. Be sure you reference ‘NACNS’ as the group name to take advantage of the group rate.

Travel Information

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Distance to hotel – 13 miles, Drive time to Hotel – 20 minutes
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
Estimated taxi fare: $35-$40 one way
MARTA: Catch the Gold or Red MARTA Line from the airport to the Midtown Station. The hotel is then an additional 3 block walk NW from the Midtown Station. Cost is $2.50 each way and schedule information is available here –