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When: July 21-24, 2013
Location: The Lodge at Vail - Vail, CO

General Information

Join AACN for the 2013 Summer Seminar in the heart of the renowned Vail Village, nestled at the base of Vail Mountain. The Summer Seminar will be held July 21-24, 2013 at The Lodge at Vail, Vail, CO.


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Our setting is in the heart of the renowned Vail Village, nestled at the base of Vail Mountain. Vail's lifestyle combines one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a friendly, small-town feel. Visitors enjoy bountiful year-round recreational and cultural opportunities in more than a thousand acres of open space. With the nation's largest free bus system, the town is filled with shops, restaurants and year-round activities in a pedestrian-friendly environment bustling with foot traffic. AACN has gathered some helpful information for you and your family that will make your visit to Vail an unforgettable experience.

Conference Highlights

Many in health care and healthcare education have become discouraged with the workplace and the behaviors they observe. In this three-day workshop, completely alter your philosophies, systems, and approaches to adopt the Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace and become (and encourage others to become) highly valued members of any team. Using Reality-Based techniques, academic executives and all faculty leaders can turn the jobs they already have into the jobs they want by becoming immune to the bullying, drama, and negative attitudes of others. But most importantly, the entire conversation is changed from our asking, “Is it worth it?” to asking, “Am I worth it?” If Reality-Based Rules are adopted by the organization, the answer to that question will be a resounding “Yes!”

Although this popular speaker is returning, the content is new. Don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate with the speaker and colleagues with fresh information and strategies to resolve real-life academic organizational problems, enhance your leadership effectiveness, and improve the productivity of your academic workplace. Each day is devoted to a different aspect of the topic:

  • Monday – Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace
  • Tuesday - Employee Engagement Is Broken and Other Challenges to Conventional Leadership Wisdom
  • Wednesday - Hardwiring Accountability into Your Workforce    

Our setting is The Lodge at Vail in charming Vail, Colorado. 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


Cy Wakeman, Executive Coach, Expert in Leader Development, and Author of:

  • The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What (+) Boosts Your Value, (-) Kills Your Chances, & (=) Will Make You Happier (2013)
  • Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (2010)

Cy Wakeman is a dynamic executive coach and speaker who advocates a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Irreverent and funny but amazingly accurate, her groundbreaking ideas are featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New York Post. She is a significant thought leader with entertaining podcasts and is a favorite expert blogger on and Her books and seminars succinctly and accurately capture the reality of the workplace and the people (and behaviors) that populate it. She received rave reviews for facilitating AACN’s 2009 and 2010 Summer Seminars based on her unique philosophy of Reality-Based Leadership. Interact with Cy as she offers new content and sage advice based on her brand new book, released in April 2013. Use Reality-Based Rules to become a more effective individual employee and academic leader in today’s complex and demanding higher education environment.


Registration & FEES

Register online at:

Summer Seminar Registration Fees

$399 before May 1, 2013
$349 after May 1, 2013 - Special Discount Offer -
$549 by July 5
$649 after July 5

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Lodge at Vail, 174 East Gore Creek Drive, Vail, Colorado, 81657. The room rate is $189 single/double. The cutoff date for room reservations is June 30, 2013. For reservations, please call the hotel directly at 877-528-7625. When calling, please request the group rate for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or Sumer Seminar. The room block may fill before the deadline, so please make your reservation early.


The Lodge at Vail is located approximately 26 miles from Eagle Airport (EGE) and Denver International Airport (DEN) is located approximately 110 miles from the hotel.  Both airports provide shuttle services on a continual schedule to and from the hotel. Visit and receive a 10% discount on your shuttle.  The approximate fare is $50 each way from Eagle Airport and $90 each way from Denver International.  For more information regarding transportation options, please visit:


Continuing Education

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Contact hours will be awarded to those who attest to attendance at entire sessions and complete the electronic evaluation process after the conference. The CE Certificate will be provided online only after completion of evaluation.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by July 5, 2013. 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 5, 2013. 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.

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