2019 Annual Conference

2019 Annual Conference Handouts

From March 6-9, 2019, join hundreds of colleagues at the only national conference dedicated to the clinical nurse specialist.

We will offer multiple opportunities to engage with CNSs and other nursing leaders from around the nation. Our exhibit hall will allow you to explore new opportunities and relationships with universities, health care systems and technology vendors, publishers, and more.

Our agenda includes a variety of high-quality, CNS-specific sessions and hands-on clinical skills-building workshops designed for the CNS such as:

  • Suturing Skills
  • Advanced Neuro Assessment Skills
  • Enteral Feeding Tube Placement

We’re also pleased to introduce our Keynote Speakers, Colonel Danny McKnight (retired U.S. Army) and Joy Longo, PhD, RNC-NIC.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to network with colleagues and discuss how the CNS is a catalyst for practice change.

At-A-Glance Schedule – General Info

At-A-Glance Schedule w/ Session Details

Registration – Online

Hotel Reservations

2019 NACNS Slide Deck Template

Conference Brochure

2019 Registration

Click here to register online

* If you are not currently a member of NACNS, you must create a login to register for the conference.

Registration Fees: 
Registration fees include CE credits, three breakfasts, one lunch, and one evening reception.

Full Conference Registration Fees (Wednesday – Saturday)

NACNS Member Early Bird (received by 1/31/19) – $575
NACNS Member Regular (received by 3/5/19) – $650
NACNS Member Onsite – $725

Student (Early Bird/Regular/Onsite) – $495

Non-Member Early Bird/Regular (received by 3/5/19) – $875
Non-Member Onsite – $960

One Day Conference Registration Fees

NACNS Member Early Bird (received by 3/5/19) – $375
NACNS Member Onsite – $410

Student (Early Bird/Regular/Onsite) – $300

Non-Member Early Bird/Regular (received by 3/5/19) – $485
Non-Member Onsite – $530

NACNS Conference Policies:  Refund/Cancellation Policy:  Requests must be submitted via email to meetings@nacns.org. A $75 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund. NACNS reserves the right to cancel this program and return all fees in the event of insufficient enrollment. In the case of cancellation, NACNS cannot be responsible for other registrant expenses, including but not limited to, reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares, hotel or rental charges, deposits, or penalties. NO REFUND REQUESTS will be accepted after February 22, 2019.

2019 Sponsors

The NACNS 2019 Annual Conference, A Catalyst for Practice Change: The CNS, is made possible by the following sponsors.

Exhibit Hall Schedule

Please note: These times are different from past conferences, are preliminary and subject to
change. A detailed agenda will be provided closer to the conference.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibit Setup
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm Opening of Exhibit Hall and Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Thursday, March 7, 2019
7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
10:15 am – 10:30 am Morning Break with Exhibitors
11:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

Friday, March 8, 2019
8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
10:15 am – 11:00 am Morning Break with Exhibitors
2:00 pm Exhibitor Tear Down

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 351-5555

Travel Information

Orlando International Airport
Distance to hotel – 15 miles
Drive time to hotel – 20 minutes

Orlando Area Discounts

NACNS has arranged for discounted tickets to a wide range of activities in the Orlando area through the Orlando Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau.

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.