Latest Updates on the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference

Update: May 20, 2020

In March it was decided that, due to COVID-19, the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® would be rescheduled and be co-located with the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in October.   

When we announced this, we stated we would continue to assess the unfolding developments regarding coronavirus. Our priority remains the health and safety of all the world’s people, and our life’s work is to support the nurses and health care workers who are on the front lines during this pandemic. With these thoughts in mind, we are announcing the conference plan. 

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The Plan:

  • Join us for the ANCC Virtual Summit on October 7-8, 2020. This virtual event will include a multitude of educational sessions where you can earn CE credits, explore the interactive exhibit hall and network with colleagues — all from the safety and comfort of your own home. Educational tracks will include content from Pathway to Excellence® Program, ANCC Accreditation in Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD), the Magnet Recognition Program®, the Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP), ANCC Certification, and more.
  • Spring 2021 face-to-face ANCC National Magnet Conference®, ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference®, and the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference, in Atlanta, Georgia – three conferences in ONE!

Specific programing and registration information will be updated by the end of this year.  

How did we get to this decision?

We gathered many data points including from public health authorities, conference and meeting industry experts, surveyed our sponsors and exhibitors, conference registrants, and Magnet and Pathway-designated nurses and program leaders. Results showed the unknown challenges that face conference and large gatherings, safety and security concerns and what is most important for our customers. Survey data revealed nurses and their program leaders are very interested in receiving the rich content that these conferences provide, and our exhibitors and sponsors are very interested in connecting with this valuable nursing audience. We also learned that there is a lot of uncertainty now as the need for nurses on the front lines is shifting and budgets are being reduced.  

One thing remains constant: nurses are more important than ever right now, and our primary goal is to do everything we can to support them.  

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Additional information:

If you registered for the 2020 ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference, your registration will automatically transfer to the co-located event in April 2021. More information about this conference, including hotel details and the full schedule, will be available by December 2020. If you are unable to attend the April 2021 event, email to cancel your registration.  

If you made travel or hotel reservations for the October 2020 co-located conferences:  

Travel: Individuals are responsible for cancelling their travel and hotel arrangements.  

Exhibitors and Sponsors: We are in the process of developing plans for the 2020 October virtual event and the April 2021 in-person conferences. We will be reaching out to all exhibitors and sponsors to assess business needs and discuss options. To reach us, please email or call 1.410.316.9865.  

You can find updated information from ANA about the coronavirus pandemic, ANA’s actions, and how nurses can protect themselves, here.