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Dates: July 22-25, 2012
Location: Hotel Viking - Newport, RI

Conference Highlights

Join academic leader colleagues for an intensive look at stress and resiliency. Take away personal insights and coping strategies; practical tools to diagnose challenging situations, reduce stress, and build resiliency in the organizational setting; and general ideas about teaching resiliency to nursing students. Don’t miss this opportunity to identify specific strategies to reduce your personal and professional stress, reinforce specific resiliency skills and attitudes, enhance your leadership effectiveness, and improve the productivity of your academic workplace. Each day is devoted to a different aspect of the topic:

  • Monday - Low on Resiliency? Guess Who is Hijacking Your Time, Energy, and Spirit?
  • Tuesday - Stress is Like a Fog Machine! Diagnostic Leadership Tools to Find Your Way
  • Wednesday - Cultivating Resiliency: You, Faculty, and Students      

Click here to view full seminar schedule and brochure

Our setting is the Hotel Viking in picturesque Newport, RI. Bring family and a team of colleagues to enjoy the area’s many attractions and gain valuable leadership strategies. Casual attire is recommended.



About the Speaker

Mary J. Connaughton, MS, RN
Executive Coach and Expert in Leader Development

Mary J. Connaughton, MS, RN, founded Connaughton Consulting in 1997. She has over 30 years of nursing leadership and health care consulting experience specializing in executive coaching, leadership development, and strategic planning. Her own leadership practice, regardless of role, has always centered on patients, the practice of nursing, and the development and mentoring of individuals and teams. Mary’s years in leadership roles fuel a fierce commitment to support health care and academic leaders everywhere to be at their best in service to exemplary patient care.



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Summer Seminar Registration Fees

$349 by July 6
$499 after July 6

$549 by July 6
$649 after July

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI, 02840.  The room rate starts at $219 single/double. The cutoff date for room reservations is June 27, 2012. For reservations, please call the hotel directly at 800-556-7126. When calling, please request the group rate for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or Summer Seminar.  The hotel may fill before the June 27 deadline, so be sure to make your arrangements early.

The following hotels are within walking distance of The Hotel Viking and may have availability over the meeting dates:

Vanderbilt Grace (approx. 5min walking distance)
41 Mary Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
(401) 846-6200

Inns of Newport (approx. 6min walking distance)
27 Clarke Street
Newport, RI 02840
(800) 524-1386

Inns on Bellevue (approx. 1min walking distance)
30 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(800) 718 - 1446

Newport Harbor Hotel (approx. 11min walking distance)
49 Americas Cup Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(800) 955-2558


The Hotel Viking is located approximately 28 miles from the T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, RI (PVD). A taxi costs approximately $80 each way. Shuttles are available through Cozy Cab, Inc. and cost approximately $25 each way. For more information regarding shuttle service, please call 401-846-2500. For additional ground transportation options, 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.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by July 6, 2012. A refund of the conference, minus a $150 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by that date.

No refunds will be granted for requests received after July 6, 2012. Submit all requests to AACN Conference Registration via email at or via fax (202) 785-8320. Conference registrations are fully transferrable (see Substitution Policy); however, conference fees cannot be transferred to other conferences. AACN regrets that refunds will not be given 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.

Substitution Policy

Registration substitutions are permitted prior to the conference; however, conference fees cannot be transferred to other conferences. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution as well as updating any contact information. Submit all requests to AACN Conference Registration via email at or via fax (202) 785-8320.


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