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AAPACN 2024 Conference: What to Expect and What’s New

It’s that time of year again! The AAPACN 2024 Conference will be held this year in Hollywood, FL, on April 10 – 13. AAPACN is excited to gather to celebrate outstanding post-acute care professionals, meet face-to-face with AAPACN members, and host exceptional learning opportunities with highly anticipated speakers and solution providers. Read this blog for highlights on what attendees can expect at this year’s event and what’s new!

Celebrating 25 Years

2024 is a big year for AAPACN – it’s our 25th Anniversary! From defining the role of the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) to developing standard-setting certification programs to being the voice of post-acute care clinical professionals on regulatory issues, AAPACN and its legacy organizations have transformed post-acute care. During the AAPACN 2024 Conference, we will reflect on the association’s remarkable achievements and envision the possibilities for the next quarter century.

Members can celebrate this milestone with AAPACN during this year’s conference by:

  • Wearing limited-edition anniversary pins and ribbons that will be available at registration.
  • Posing for a group photo with all attendees on Wednesday evening – be sure to wear white or silver!
  • Following our stories, memories, and recognition of long-time members, partners, and supporters on social media.
  • Using the hashtag #AAPACN25 to share your experiences and memories with AAPACN. Whether it’s a personal journey or a professional achievement, YOU have been an integral part of AAPACN’s success and legacy.

Learn more about how AAPACN is celebrating 25 Years here.

Important Sessions Relevant to Today’s Care

This year’s conference features 28 breakout sessions in three different tracks—DNS, NAC, and Advanced Topic. Leading nurse experts will cover topics from preparing staff for survey to strategies to avoid legal challenges to the most confusing MDS coding questions. Attendees should come prepared to learn the latest information and best practices in the field to take back and implement in their facilities.

Also, don’t miss being inspired by opening keynote speaker, Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NACL president and CEO, and catalyst session speakers, Jack York and Linda Shell.

As always, AAPACN has invited CMS representatives to host their “2024 Update from CMS” session. This will be a General Catalyst Session on Thursday, April 11. Don’t miss it!

Networking Events

First-Timer Meet and Greet

Mingle with other first-time conference attendees in a fun and casual atmosphere. This is a great opportunity to connect with other members to begin networking and making new friends. The First-Timer Meet and Greet also gives attendees the chance to talk with AAPACN experts, board members, and staff.

Opening Reception on South Palm Patio

Following the Opening Catalyst Session, attendees can gather on the South Palm Patio for a beach side party with food, drinks, and prizes. Join other attendees and Conference Solution Providers in this fun environment designed to help kickstart conference networking.

Solution Central

Attendees can enjoy refreshments, explore how to tackle issues, and engage in conversation with Conference Solution Providers during various meals and receptions throughout the event in Solution Central.

Product Theaters

During Product Theaters, attendees can enjoy a meal with colleagues and other conference attendees while learning about new research findings or a product or service that could help create or improve job efficiencies.  

Many Ways to Celebrate Peers

Class of 2023

Join AAPACN just prior to the CMS session in recognizing all the outstanding post-acute care professionals who became certified in 2023. They have worked so hard to achieve this goal, and we can’t wait to acknowledge their efforts.

Scholarship Winners

Before the Closing Catalyst Session, AAPACN will honor the recipients of the following 2024 AAPACN Education Foundation Scholarships, including:

  • Advancing Nurse Leadership in Post-Acute Care Scholarship
  • Elevating Post-Acute Care Nursing Scholarship
  • Lighting the Way for Post-Acute Care Nursing Scholarship
  • Frontline Heroes in Post-Acute Care Scholarship

Award Winners

Just before the Opening Catalyst Session, AAPACN will present the 2024 Awards for outstanding members who embody the vision and values of AAPACN in the following categories:

  • Organizational Excellence
  • Clinical Leader of the Year
  • Impact Award
  • LTPAC Shining Star
  • Clinical Assessment Professional of the Year
  • LTPAC Lifetime Impact Award

Learning in a Relaxing Beach Location – Don’t Miss the Sunrise Stretch!

AAPACN is excited to host this event in a location that is sure to relax, rejuvenate, and reinvigorate attendees. We are taking our conference beachside to reflect on the bigger picture. It’s time to put toes in the sand, take a few deep breaths, and remember why we love what we do!

Sunrise Stretch on the Beach

On Friday, April 12, attendees can join us for a sunrise stretch while supporting a good cause. Registration is $25 per person and all tax-deductible proceeds directly support AAPACN Education Foundation scholarships. Attendees can register for the Sunrise Stretch online or on-site at the conference. Not a morning person? Choose the “Sleep in” option and donate $25 to the AAPACN Education Foundation.

AAPACN can’t wait to see you soon! View the Full Conference Brochure and register here.

The AAPACN 2024 Conference is sponsored by our outstanding Solution Providers. Learn more about engagement and sponsorship.