2018 Annual Conference

2018 Annual Conference Handouts


Need the link to get your CE for the 2018 NACNS Conference? Email info@nacns.org and we will be happy to provide it.

This year’s conference was bigger and better than ever, with more participants and high-quality presentations, as the number of submitted conference abstracts grew.

Download the 2018 Schedule at a Glance

Download the 2018 Onsite Conference Program

Note: Full conference registration included CE credits, three breakfasts, one lunch and one evening reception. Half-conference and one-day registration options are also available.  The registration form details the various conference and pre conference offerings. 

New Start Time

This year, the Conference began a half day earlier. Pre-conferences were held as morning sessions on Wednesday, February 28, with the Opening Ceremony kicking off at 1:30 pm that day.


In response to past conference attendee evaluations, NACNS conference planners added four new workshops to the agenda. These 120-minute interactive sessions addressed: legislative/regulatory tools and tips; management of technology in the clinical setting; cutting-edge infection control updates; and writing for publication.

Focus Groups

NACNS held will hold focus groups at the Annual Conference to present and discuss work being done by our task forces and committees. These valuable focus groups will not only give members insight into NACNS’ work, but also allow non-members to gauge their interest in getting more deeply involved in the association.


2018 Partners and Exhibitors

Exhibiting and partnering with NACNS at this year’s conference gave organizations numerous opportunities to engage with more than 500 dynamic health care leaders and influencers.

Thank you to this year’s Premier Partner Medtronic, Strategic Partner NSO, Supporter Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Session Sponsor AAMI Foundation and Abbott Nutrition for a room drop.

Additional thanks to our publishing partner Wolter’s Kluwer and Springer Publishing for their donations to the new member orientation luncheon.


More details are available in the Exhibit Hall meeting schedule.

Conference Speakers

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Opening General Ceremony
2017-2018 NACNS President Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC
IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Indiana

9:00 – 10:00 PM
Keynote Address: How to Become the CNS That Others Will Follow in Research, Practice and Policy
J. Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Consultant, National Institutes of Health, National Advisory Council on Aging

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
General Session: The CNS as a Catalyst for Practice Change 
2018-2019 NACNS President Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC
Gwinnett Medical Center, Duluth, Georgia

12:15 – 1:45 PM
CNS Institute Luncheon: A View of the CNS Role from the Executive Lens: Vision, Voice, Value (ticketed event)
Joe Don Cavender, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC
Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Children’s Health System of Texas – Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Texas

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Keynote Session: Nurses: The Untapped Influencers of Policy
Toni Inglis, MSN, RN, CNS, FAAN
Columnist, Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas


Conference Schedule

Download the 2018 Conference Brochure — UPDATED

Download the Schedule at a Glance.


7:30 am to 12:30 pm: Pharmacology Pre-Conference featuring sessions with Dr. Joshi and J. Nile Barnes, PharmD, BCPS

1:30 to 2:30 pm: Opening General Session featuring remarks from 2017-2018 NACNS President Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC

2:45 to 4:45 pm: A Sessions, including workshops on writing for publication, infection control, pressure injury and more

5:00 to 6:15 pm: B Sessions addressing CAUTI, rounding, orientation and more

6:30 to 8:00 pm: Pharmacology Pre-Conference dinner

7:00 to 8:30 pm: Leadership Reception (invite only)


7:30 to 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast and Student Breakfast with the President

8:30 to 9:00 am: Awards presentation by 2017-2018 NACNS President Vince Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC

9:00 to 10:00 am: Keynote from J. Taylor Harden, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, How to Become the CNS That Others Will Follow in Research, Practice and Policy

10:30 to 11: 45 am: C Sessions addressing falls/LTC, perioperative, health disparities, sounds in the ICU, cardiac care, outcomes and more

12:00 to 1:45 pm: Exhibit Hall Opening Luncheon

12:30 to 1:30 pm: Affiliate Luncheon, New Member Orientation Luncheon or Editorial Board Luncheon (Note: Editorial Board Luncheon by invitation only.)

1:45 to 3:00 pm: D Sessions featuring CLABSI, asthma, palliative care, SIM, CNS research, and more

1:45 to 3:00 pm: Navigating Public Policy I workshop

3:00 to 3:30 pm: Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:30 to 4:45 pm: E Sessions with workshops on the new nurse, glycemic control, improving nutrition, and more

3:30 to 4:45 pm: Navigating Public Policy II workshop

5:00 to 6:00 pm: Forums with the Opioid/Pain Management and Chronic Conditions task forces

6:00 to 7:00 pm: Exhibitor Reception and Poster Presentations


8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:00 to 9:00 am: CNS Statement Task Force Meeting

9:15 to 10:15 am: Awards presentation and remarks from incoming 2018-2019 NACNS President Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC

10:15 to 11:00 am: Break in the Exhibit Hall

11:00 am to 12:15 pm: F Sessions addressing competency, pediatric care, stem cell management, delirium, behavioral health and more

12:15 to 1:45 pm: Lunch sponsored by the CNS Institute with guest speaker Mary Stowe, A View of the CNS Role from the Executive Lens: Vision, Voice, Value

2:00 to 3:15 pm: G Sessions addressing education and collaboration, surgery safety, pulmonary health, alarm fatigue and more

2:00 to 3:15 pm: Technology I workshop

3:15 to 3:45 pm:  Break in the Exhibit Hall

3:45 to 5:00 pm: H Sessions addressing ambulatory care models, deterioration alert, system changes, nutrition and more

3:45 to 5:00 pm: Technology II workshop

5:00 to 6:00 pm: Business Meeting


8:00 to 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:00 to 9:00 am: Infection Control Task Force Meeting

7:45 to 9:00 am: Affiliate Breakfast in Sabine Room (Note: Attendees will need to RSVP.)

9:15 to 10:30 am: J Sessions including topics on falls prevention, CLABSI, substance use and Misuse, and more

11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Closing Keynote Speaker Toni Inglis, MSN, RN, CNS, FAAN, Nurses: The Untapped Influencers of Policy


Podium, Symposium, Lecture and Workshop Presentations

NACNS prepared the following guidelines to help presenters with their presentation. This year’s conference features several types of sessions:  podium, symposium, clinical management lectures and workshops. Please review the guidelines for answers on the length of your presentation, computer and technical details and more.

Poster Presentations

Posters should be self-explanatory.  Poster presenters are free to supplement and discuss particular points raised by viewers during the viewing sessions. Please review the guidelines for poster presenters.

Other Hints & Tips

Presenters are responsible for their own conference registration.  All presenters must at least be registered for the SINGLE DAY of their presentation.

Please bring a copy of your presentation on a USB drive. Audiovisual technicians will be available throughout the meeting space should you have any questions or issues regarding the equipment in the room.

To provide conference attendees with the most educational experience, NACNS asks all presenters to please submit handouts to be uploaded to our online system. Handouts can be your PowerPoint presentation in PDF format (3 slides per page with notes) or Word or PDF documents that support the presentation.


Serving as a moderator is a great way to get to know other NACNS colleagues in addition to gaining CE. Most sessions are assigned a moderator.

Some of the larger sessions will be assigned a room monitor to assist with management of the session.


Renaissance Austin Hotel

Renaissance Austin Hotel
The Arboretum
9721 Arboretum Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759

Travel Information

Austin–Bergstrom International Airport
Distance to hotel – 18 miles
Drive time to hotel – 30 minutes