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When: March 23-24, 2012
Location: The Fairmont Washington DC Hotel, Washington DC

Join AACN in Washington, DC for the Executive Development Series. Gain practical skills from informative sessions tailored to fit the needs of leaders in nursing education. Take advantage of the wide array of cultural and entertainment opportunities our nation’s Capitol has to offer as you network with colleagues.

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Conference Highlights

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. The theme emphasizes the critically important subject of financial administration of the nursing academic unit, and sessions are repeated from the highly evaluated November 2011 EDS event. 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 participants to think about challenges in new ways and seek solutions with colleagues. EDS is open to all interested nurse academic leaders, and is held prior to the Spring Annual Meeting for the convenience of deans/directors attending that event.


The deadline for early registration is March 9, 2012. Late fees will apply to registrations received after March 9. E-mail messages confirming registration for this meeting will be sent to all participants. Please note that deans registering for the Executive Development Series and the Spring Annual Meeting will receive a $60 discount applied to the total registration cost. Registration for the Spring Annual Meeting is open only to the primary Dean/Chair/Director of AACN-Member Schools of Nursing. No exceptions or substitutions allowed.

Register online at

Before March 9
$399 Registrant
$369 Additional registrant from same institution
$369 Dean also attending Spring Annual Meeting
*If registering for both the Spring Executive Development Series and the Spring Annual Meeting, please do so on the same day.

After March 9
$499 Registrant
$469 Additional registrant from same institution
$469 Dean also attending Spring Annual Meeting
*If registering for both the Spring Executive Development Series and the Spring Annual Meeting, please do so on the same day.

$499 Before March 9
$599 After March 9

General Information

Hotel Information
A block of rooms has been reserved at The Fairmont Washington DC, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. The room rate starts at $259 single/double. The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate is February 24, 2012. To make reservations, please call the hotel at 800-441-1414 and request the group rate for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or Annual Spring Meeting. You may also place your reservation online at: The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early.

Sign up for Fairmont President's Club. Members of the Fairmont President's Club can enjoy complimentary high speed internet access in your guest room and free health club access along with other benefits. To sign up for Fairmont President's club go to When prompted for a "Hotel Invitation" select the Fairmont Washington, D.C. You will be issued an FPC number immediately. In order to take advantage of the complimentary services you must sign up for Fairmont President's Club prior to your arrival.

The Fairmont Washington DC is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The following hotels are within walking distance of The Fairmont Washington DC and may have availability over the meeting dates:

The Westin Georgetown
2350 M Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20037

Best Western Georgetown Hotel and Suites
1121 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Embassy Suites Washington
1250 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Reagan National Airport (DCA) is located approximately 15 minutes from The Fairmont and is metro accessible. The closest metro stop to the hotel is the GWU/Foggy Bottom stop on the Orange/Blue line, 3 blocks from The Fairmont. Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel. Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI) is approximately one hour from the hotel. Taxis are recommended from Reagan National (approximately $20 each way) and Dulles Airports (approximately $60 each way). Super Shuttle is available from BWI (approximately $37 each way), DCA (approximately $14 each way), and IAD (approximately $29 each way).

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 canceled 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 e-mail at