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2025 Annual Conference
May 20-24, 2025
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
San Diego, CA

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 2025 AAACN Annual Conference.

Types of Presentation

  • Pre-conference session: Workshop presentation of 3 hours that comprehensively focuses on a core skill important to ambulatory care nursing.
  • Concurrent session: 60-minute formal presentation in a lecture-style format to an audience of 75+ participants.
  • Rapid-fire session: 20-minute formal presentation, limited to 1 speaker, on an innovative or exciting topic. 3 rapid-fire topics will be grouped together in 1 breakout session.

Level of Presentation

Presentation level is important to the planning process to assure that all learning content levels are represented in the overall program. Using Benner’s From Novice to Expert theory, AAACN has adapted it into three (3) content levels:

  • Advanced beginner: Primary focus is on the individual patient and family. Uses decision trees, algorithms, protocols, and evidence-based practice guidelines. Principles, based on experiences, begin to be formulated to guide actions.
  • Proficient: More holistic understanding improves decision-making. Able to critically think based on experiences. Advocates for patient and family.
  • Expert: Has intuitive grasp of clinical situation. Performance is fluid, flexible, and highly proficient. Incorporates evidence-based resources and nursing research into daily plan of care.

Conference tracks

  • Care coordination and transition management: Provides information for nurses who coordinate care and manage transitions of patients among levels of care, providers, and settings.
  • Clinical: Tools and strategies for providing or leading care for varied populations in the ambulatory care setting.
  • Education: Focuses on enhancing patient care through education. Promotes excellence in nursing practices through initiatives that build an evidence-based pool of knowledge.
  • Leadership: Emerging models of leadership, ways to influence outcomes and quality, and experiences integrating new models of care within the fiscally challenged environment to include the changing managed care arena.
  • Research: Provides information to build skills to conduct research or disseminate a recent research project with a focus on ambulatory nursing care in any ambulatory care setting with implications for practice.
  • Telehealth: Uses the nursing process to provide nursing care and access to health care for individual patients or patient populations using telecommunication technologies.

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