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When: November 17, 2011
Location: Sheraton St. Louis City Center - St. Louis, MO


Join AACN in St. Louis to consider issues of vital importance to baccalaureate and pre-licensure nursing education. Sessions will inform, engage, and challenge participants with timely and relevant information and discussions. Attendees have the opportunity to network with colleagues and share successful strategies. The Executive Development Series is once again offered in conjunction with the Baccalaureate Education Conference. Members who attend both conferences will receive a discount on conference fees.


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Meeting Highlights

The Baccalaureate Education Conference offers undergraduate and pre-licensure faculty a forum to explore issues of particular interest and share ideas and successful strategies with colleagues. This year’s conference addresses the numerous challenges posed by recent national reports on nursing education, and offers strategies to improve teaching and learning in response to increasing demands for innovation and transformation of nursing education. Plenary sessions address issues of particular importance to nurse educators in the current challenging climate. Topics include the importance of academic-practice partnerships; integrating QSEN competencies in the undergraduate curriculum; and identifying and assessing program outcomes. Concurrent, abstract, and poster presentations allow participants to choose topics of interest in a smaller forum. Teams of faculty are encouraged to attend together. Everyone is invited to register for the special Instructional Leadership Network program session on Thursday morning.

The popular Executive Development Series (EDS) is designed for new and aspiring academic leaders as well as for faculty members who want to improve their leadership skills for a variety of positions within the academic setting.  This year’s theme emphasizes the critically important subject of financial administration of the nursing academic unit.  Topics include an overview of financial leadership; assessing your school’s financial health; planning for financially robust programs; funding international learning opportunities; maximizing external sources of funding including academic-practice partnerships and philanthropy/development; and the view of finances of the larger university that supports nursing. The interactive nature of the conference offers opportunities for academic leaders to think about challenges in new ways and seek solutions with colleagues. The EDS and Baccalaureate Education Conference are held consecutively, enabling participants to attend both events.

General Information


The deadline for early registration is November 4, 2011. Late fees will apply to registrations received after November 4. Email messages confirming registration will be sent to all participants. 

Register online at:

Registration Fees for the Baccalaureate Conference or the Executive Development Series:

Members:                                                                  Non-members:
$399 by November 4                                                   $499 by November 4
$499 after November 4                                               $599 after November 4
$369 Additional registrant from same institution by November 4
$469 Additional registrant from same institution after November 4
$349 Graduate students (not faculty) who are preparing for faculty roles

Attending both the Baccalaureate Conference and the Executive Development Series:
(to receive this special rate you must register for both conferences on the same day. This cannot be combined with other discounts)

Members:                                                                             Non-members:
$738 by November 4                                                              $938 by November 4
$938 after November 4                                                          $1138 after November 4

Instructional Leadership Network Fees
$59 Network Member, Instructional Leadership Network Program
$79 Non-network Member, Instructional Leadership Network Program

Hotel Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center, 400 South 14th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103. The special conference room rate is $122 single/double. The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is October 25, 2011. To make reservations, please call the hotel at 888-627-8349 and request the group rate for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or Baccalaureate Education Conference. You may also place your reservation online at: The Sheraton St. Louis City Center is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early.

Taxis are available from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and cost approximately $45 each way. Shuttle service is available through Go Best Express and costs approximately $21 each way or $37 round trip. For more information regarding shuttle service, please visit:
For more information regarding ground transportation options, please visit:

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing education contact hours will be provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to all conference participants at no additional cost. CE Certificates will be provided in your conference packet.

Conference Materials
AACN is dedicated to environmentally responsible practices. Select conference materials will be provided online. One week prior to the event, please look for an email with a link to the conference materials.

Refund and Cancellation Policy
Registrations that are cancelled up to one week before the meeting will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received with less than one week’s notice will be refunded minus a $150 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for no-shows. 

AACN reserves the right to cancel this conference and any group activity that does not meet minimal group requirements. Non-refundable airline tickets are the responsibility of the registrant. 

contact Information

For more information, contact AACN, One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; 202-463-6930. If you require any special access in order to take part in this meeting, please contact Nadja Beverage at AACN or by email at