The 2020 AAACN Annual Conference is rescheduled for Wednesday, July 29 – Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Hilton Chicago.

You are now able to make hotel reservations at the Hilton Chicago for the new conference dates using this link,

You may also call reservations at 855-760-0869 and refer to the AAACN Annual Conference. If you still plan on staying at the Hilton Chicago you need to make a new reservation with the hotel directly. A block of rooms has been secured at the special rate of $199/night. This rate is subject to applicable state and local taxes currently, 17.4%. The conference rate is available through June 25 or until the room block is full.

Note that attendee hotel reservations that were made at Hotel Essex have also been cancelled. A new block of rooms at Hotel Essex has not been secured to date. We will let you know if a block of hotel rooms at Hotel Essex is available.

Note that individuals are responsible for cancelling or changing travel arrangements directly. Please contact your airlines for their cancellation and rescheduling policy.

For Up To Date Information And What To Do Next, Please Visit Our Registration Page.


Whether you’re enjoying Chicago’s dazzling personality, listening to an amazing speaker, or connecting with friends, you’ll be moved by the music of your conference experience.

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  • Make career-changing connections
  • Learn the latest innovations from inspiring speakers
  • Earn up to 15.75 contact hours
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Here’s what’s in store

  • 4 Focused tracks. Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM), Leadership, Telehealth, and Clinical (new)!
  • 50 Inspiring speakers. They’re the top experts in the industry and they have the information you’ve been looking for.
  • 6 Rapid Fire sessions.You’ll see topics from every angle and come away with a deeper understanding.
  • 15.75 Contact hours. The education you need to take your practice to the next level.
  • Chicago Bean

So much to explore

Chicago Garden

Networking events and celebrations are the hallmark of the AAACN conference. Enjoy time with trusted friends and make new connections.

Special Interest Group (SIG) sessions help you dive deeper into the areas that interest you most.

The interactive exhibit hall introduces you to industry representatives, publications, and resources for your practice.

Poster presentations are always a favorite. Chat with your colleagues about their innovations and new nursing initiatives.

The Town Hall is your platform to speak and your moment to listen, as attendees step up to the mic and share their challenges, successes, and advice.

Leadership and volunteer opportunities that will help you advance your career.

Jazzed culture. Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. famed for its bold architecture, amazing skylines, museums, art, and music. You’ll have
time to explore all that the city has to offer!

Ambulatory care nursing is one of the most vibrant and evolving nursing specialties in health care today. For this year’s conference, our AAACN experts thoughtfully curated a program that addresses the many challenges you face. You’ll enjoy top speakers in the industry who will give you relevant, practical information you can use immediately.


What you’ll take home

  • Stronger leadership skills and confidence in your abilities.
  • Knowledge of best practices being implemented today.
  • A broader view of clinical, management, leadership, CCTM, and telehealth practice.
  • Awareness of emerging trends and breakthroughs, and how you can use them.

Added value

  • AAACN believes in giving you the most education value possible for your conference investment.
  • Networking lunch session with tables reserved for first-time attendees.
  • Access to the 2020 conference sessions in the AAACN Online Library after you leave. You can listen any time so you don’t miss a thing! (No additional cost to attendees.)
  • Earn five bonus contact hours in the AAACN Online Library (Available after the conference to full conference registrants.).
    (Available with full main conference registration only.)

Who you’ll see there

This is the premier conference for ambulatory care, telehealth, and CCTM nurses. Attendees include managers, supervisors, administrators, directors, staff nurses, care coordinators, educators, consultants, advanced practice nurses, and researchers who practice in such settings as:

  • Hospital-based outpatient clinics/centers
  • Solo/group medical practices
  • Telehealth call centers
  • University hospitals
  • Community hospitals
  • Military and VA settings
  • Managed care/HMOs/PPOs
  • College/educational institutes

Featured speakers

Ron Culberson

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, July 29

“Do It Well, Make It Fun”

He’ll make you laugh. He’ll make you believe in yourself. He’ll teach you how to achieve excellence in your daily career, then go home happy about your day. Ron Culberson is a speaker, author, and humorist whose mission is to change the workplace culture by boosting productivity and staff happiness. His clients include NASA, Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Senate. Enjoy this lively presentation as the perfect kick-off to your conference experience.

Shelly Schwedhelm

Shelly Schwedhelm, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

General Session Speaker, Thursday, July 30

“Ebola, MERS, Measles: Not in My Clinic!”

Shelly Schwedhelm is the Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In this session, she will discuss the current infectious disease landscape and what clinical nurses and nurse leaders need to know to be prepared. You’ll leave her session with a deeper understanding of the services and operations critically needed to prepare for the global threat of infectious diseases.

Debra Cox

Debra Cox, MS, RN

Town Hall Facilitator, Friday, July 31

"Ambulatory Care Is the Future of Nursing”

Debra Cox is the Nurse Administrator for E-Health at Mayo Clinic. She will lead the year’s Town Hall discussion on how the passion, resources, and evidence-based knowledge of ambulatory care nurses will impact the future of nursing. Ms. Cox will present her insights and knowledge on e-health practices for health care teams and encourage attendees to take the mic and share their own experiences with their colleagues.