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Nurses: Arizona Superheroes --- 2018 AzNA Convention
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Nurses: Arizona Superheroes --- 2018 AzNA Convention

Focusing on exceptional Arizona nurses making a difference in the profession, patient care, and social issues.

9/27/2018 to 9/29/2018
When: Friday, September 28 & Saturday, September 29, with dinner business meeting Thursday, September 27.
Where: Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd
Chandler, Arizona  85226
United States
Contact: Debby Wood
(480) 351-8582

Online registration is closed.
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Online Registration is Now closed -- WALK UP REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR beginning at  5:30pm Thursday for the Business Meeting and Dinner and 8:00am Friday and Saturday morning for Convention Program.

Cash/Check/CC accepted. See you there!





Focusing on exceptional Arizona nurses making a difference in the profession, patient care, and social issues.



Anne McNamara, PhD, RN


Friday Keynote: Finding YOUR Super Hero Power


Anne is well positioned to help you find your own super hero power. In a career spanning more than three decades, Anne has been an inspirational mentor and leader to hundreds of Arizona nurses. She has helped shape legislative policy, represented nursing on hospital boards, served as dean of a nursing program, and provided an influential voice at the national level as a board member of both the American Nurses Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Candy Campbell, DNP, RN, CNP, FNAP


Saturday Keynote: Florence Nightingale - LIVE!


A 19th century humanitarian, author, statistician, researcher, nurse and visionary, ‘Florence’ shows you a new way to think about healthcare — from the way you thought it was, to the way it may become. And when you peer with her into the future, Florence will shine her light on how you can expect to survive and thrive in healthcare.

Kathy Malloch, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN


Saturday Closing Keynote: Super Hero Nurse Regulators


Nurse regulators have an opportunity to be super heroes and innovative change agents. Dr. Kathy Malloch is a recognized expert in leadership and the development of effective evidence-based processes and systems for patient care. Her uncanny focus on accountability and results is the hallmark of her practice. Kathy’s presentation makes regulation relevant and exciting.


Also Featuring:

Opioid Crisis – Every Nurse is a Superhero, TBA RN From the Arizona Department of Health Services

Board of Nursing Complaint – One Nurses Story, LeAnne Prenovost, DNP, MBA, RN, CNE

Arizona Nurses Address the Gun Violence Epidemic, Nancy Bowman, RN & Lisa Kiser, RN

Human Trafficking, Samantha Calvin, PHD, MBA, MHI

Forensic Nursing, Amber Norton, BSN, RN



'NASH' Talks!

AzNA is proud to present Nurses Are Super Heroes (NASH) Talks!

These 15-minutes presentations highlight the work of Arizona nurses in a concise and powerful way.

Friday's Morning NASH Talk

  • Smart SimRoom: Promoting Positive Patient Outcomes, Janine Hinton, PhD, RN, CHSE
  • Correctional Nursing: Superheros Behind Bars, Larry Gann, MSN, RN, MHA, BBA, CCHP & Vincent Gales, BSN, RN, CCHP
  • Nurse Innovator: Personal Journey from Problem to Solution, Lisa Porter, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN


Friday's Afternoon NASH Talk

  • Utilizing Integrated Case Management in a Senior Population, Jayme Ambrose, DNP, RN, CCM
  • Building Systems to Honor Patient’s Goals of Care, Sandy Severson, BSN, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, CENP, FACHE
  • Innovation at a Rural Hospital on a Reservation, Nalani Stevens, RN, HN-BC, RH & Christina Verdugo, RN


Saturday's NASH Talk

  • The Arizona Nurse Honor Guard, Toni Conde, BSN, RN, CCM
  • Professional Service: Influencing Nursing Practice at the National Level, Mary E. Liz Greenberg, PhD, RN-BC, C-TNP, CNE
  • American Red Cross: If Clara Could See Us Now! Cheryl Schmidt, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Laura Crouch, EdD, RN, CPAN, CNE, & Patty Goldsmith, MS, RN, PHNA-BC


Download the Convention Brochure Here (PDF)




Registration Fees:

Hotel Rooms:

You can also register for the AzNA Business Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, September 27 from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. Come learn the work of the association and share your thoughts for future initiatives!

Beat the Traffic and Treat Yourself to a Reduced Rate hotel room from just $99 per night, with shopping outlets and the casino in walking distance!

Please call 520-796-4900 and refer to ‘Arizona Nurses Association’ for reservations.
Must book by Monday, September 3, 2018.


Registration includes breakfast & lunch both days, the Friday Evening PAC Reception, as well as snack breaks on Saturday.

Registration Fee also includes a copy of
Channeling Florence Nightingale

Candy Campbell, Saturday's Keynote Speaker!


Registration Rates reflect Early Bird $50 Discount rates. Early Bird rate ends September 7. 


AzNA Member        2 day $260

 1 day $150

 not already a member? Join Today!

Non-Member          2 day $360

 1 day $250

Thursday  AzNA Business Meeting & Dinner




Cancellation Policy: Refund for registration cancellations will be processed until September 17 less a $35 administrative fee.  No refunds after September 17.

Rory Hays Advocacy Award

The Rory Hays Advocacy Award is presented to an AzNA member for significant contributions to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity.
  • Must be a current member of AzNA for at least 5 years preceding the award
  • Through demonstrated political activity (i.e. lobbying, fund raising or campaign work), promotes the nursing profession in political and health care arenas.
  • Through political or legislative leadership develops mechanisms to promote the effectiveness of nursing’s role in the provision of health care services through political and/or legislative activities.
*The awards ad-hoc committee reviews all nominations and recommends a nominee for endorsement by the AzNA Board of Directors.
Click here to nominate an AzNA Member
Deadline for nomination submission is August 10, 2018

Award will be presented on Saturday, September 29th at the

AzNA Convention

Rory Hays was the first lobbyist hired by the Arizona Nurses Association in 1989. For over 27 years, Rory has set us on the path of successfully raising the visibility of nursing at the Arizona legislature. Over the years Rory taught thousands of nurses not only the value of advocacy, but the nuts and bolts of how to do it. She taught nurses how to transform soft nurse language into the firm voice of the respected healthcare experts that nurses are. She coached, counseled, encouraged and sometimes cautioned us in our journey to propose, oppose or champion legislation that impacted the practice of nursing while promoting access to care and a healthy Arizona.

Nurse Sponsor:

Nurse leaders are encouraged to take advantage of this exclusive sponsorship package to honor your nurses with the gift of education and professional growth.

The package includes:

  • up to a 48% discount for 10 nurses to attend convention
  • program advertising
  • a designated table in the meeting room for your group 

Click here for more information.

Continuing Education:

The 2018 Convention provides up to 9.5 contact hours over two days (Friday: 5.25, Saturday: 4.25).

The Western Multi-State division is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)Commission on Accreditation.
Conference Goal: Provide a forum for nurses from all specialties and settings to discuss contemporary nursing issues and trends.
Target audience: Registered and student nurses
Participants must attend the entire event to receive contact hours. A CE certificate will be electronically generated after an online conference evaluation is completed.



The poster submission deadline has passed. We will not be accepting any further poster submissions at this time. Thank you. 

Exhibit and Sponsor Opportunities

We expect over 300 staff nurses, educators, nurse leaders, managers, nursing students, a wide variety!  Your participation provides direct interaction with the participants during breaks and meals.

Click here for exhibit/sponsor opportunities and registration form



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