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AzNA Centennial Celebration: Legacy of Pride, Future of Purpose
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2019 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Arizona Nurses Association! Join us for a review and update of current concepts reaching across all areas of the nursing profession. Celebration Festivities include a fundraising dinner for the Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing and a Birthday Bash that will include photo booth, DJ and a special birthday surprise!!

9/18/2019 to 9/20/2019
When: Thursday, September 19 - Friday, September 20, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard
Chandler, AZ  85226
United States
Contact: Debby Wood

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Tim Porter-O’Grady, RN  
Internationally Recognized Expert 
Friday, September 20, 2019


Friday Closing Keynote: Preparing for Tomorrow: Nursing and Healthcare Transformation


There is a new paradigm, a new framework for health care that is completely altering our understanding of the type of healthcare services available and the way they are provided. How do practitioners begin to adjust and change their practice in a way that has value and meaning for the individual as well as the profession?

Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD (h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS addresses what nurses must know today to face the kinds of shifts and adjustments in both practice and profession that will be necessary to thrive tomorrow


Chuck Underwood
Founder, The Generational Imperative
Thursday, September 19, 2019


Thursday Keynote:Generational Strategies in the Healthcare Workplace


The generational challenges that confront nursing, and all of health care, are no longer "Teach us About Millenials".

Chuck Underwood is an eminent authority in generations in the workplace. Having researched generational dynamics for more than 25 years, Chuck has worked side-by-side with hundreds of clients to execute a long list of generational strategies.

Come hear the host of the PBS national-television series, America’s Generations With Chuck Underwood, as he shares front-line application strategies for nursing and health care.

Debbie Hatmaker, RN
CNO, ANA Enterprise
Friday, September 20, 2019


Friday Opening Keynote: A Win for Nurses Through Exemplary Partnership


Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a nationally known nursing leader and Chief Nursing Officer of the ANA Enterprise. Join Dr. Hatmaker as she presents the robust model of partnership between the Arizona Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. It is through this partnership that work is accomplished impacting local nursing issues in Arizona AND  nationwide. Topics will include: Nursing Shortage, Violence, Incivility and Bullying, Nursing Excellence, Health Policy, Innovation, Certification and more.

Marla Weston, RN
Former CEO, ANA Enterprise
Thursday, September 19, 2019


Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing Thursday Evening Dinner Speaker: Wisdom, Inspiration & Optimism

(additional registration required)


Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN dedicated her career to improving the professional practice environment for nurses and the quality of care for patients. She served as a nurse executive in hospitals, the government and, most recently, as the CEO of the American Nurses Association Enterprise. She currently consults with associations and health systems to improve their governance and leadership practices, develop transformative strategic approaches and to facilitate boundary-spanning growth. A distinguished and visionary leader, Dr. Weston was named as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2017 “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”


'NASH' Talks!

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

Focusing on the past, present and future, these 15-minutes presentations highlight the work of Arizona nurses in a concise and powerful way, and are followed by a 15-minutes Q&A with the presenters.

Thursday, 1pm

  • PAST: Moving Forward by Looking Backward - Creating Old Fashioned Partnerships as Nurse Coaches, Dave Hrabe, PhD, RN, NC-BC
  • PRESENT: Engage, Develop, and Transform the Nursing Workforce - Employer Perspective, Mary Jo Jerde, MBA, BSN, RN, FAAN
  • FUTURE: Legalization of Marijuana - Implications for Nursing, Valarie Smith, MS, RN, FRE


Thursday, 2pm

  • PAST: Powerful Nurses who Changed Arizona, the USA, and the World! Anne McNamara, MS, RN, FRE & Shawn Harrell, RN
  • PRESENT: Is Resilience Really the “Antidote” to Burnout? Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • FUTURE: Burn Nursing - Turning Devastation into Determination, Suzanne Buchanan, MSN, RN, CCRN

Friday, 11am

  • PAST: Graceful Aging in Nursing - Finding Joy and Fulfillment in Retirement, Cheryl Lacasse, PhD, RN, AOCNS
  • PRESENT: Incivility, Bullying, Lateral Violence - The Canine Solution, Laura Anderson
  • FUTURE: We Will Not Be Replaced By Robots - Technology and Nursing, Michael Kim, MSN-Ed, RN

100th Birthday Bash Celebration!

Join AzNA Thursday evening from 7-9pm as we celebrate the 100 Year Anniversary of the Arizona Nurses Association.

Festivities include DJ, dancing, photo booth, and more

(additional registration required - see below)


Download the Event Brochure for more detailed information



AzNA members will be recognized for the Rory Hays Advocacy Award, Florence Nightingale Practice Award and the AzNA Lifetime Member Award at the Awards Ceremony on Friday afternoon.


Registration Fees:

Hotel Rooms:

You can also register for the AzNA Business Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, September 18 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 2, 2019.


Registration includes breakfast & lunch both days,as well as snack breaks.

Registration Rates reflect Early Bird $50 Discount rates. Early Bird rate ends September 3. 


AzNA Member        2 day $260

 1 day $150

 not already a member? Join Today!

Non-Member          2 day $360

 1 day $250

Wednesday  AzNA Business Meeting & Dinner


Thursday AzFFN Dinner
(includes free registration for the Birthday Bash)


 Thursday Birthday Bash Only




Cancellation Policy: Refund for registration cancellations will be processed until September 3 less a $35 administrative fee.  No refunds after September 3.

Recognize a Nurse or Group of Nurses in the AzNA Program

AzNA is offering recognition for our 2019 Centennial Celebration event booklet. This is a great opportunity to show support and respect for the nurse(s) in your life and organization. 

Costs range from $25 for 1/8 page to $200 for full page.

Recognition Ads must include congratulatory or supportive text for a nurse, group/team of nurses, or the profession. 

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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 

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Exhibit and Sponsor Opportunities

Keynote Sponsors

The opportunity for your organization to sponsor either of our two nationally-recognized speakers -

Sponsorship includes a 2-Hour Private Session with the speaker and your organization and includes up to 1.5 CNE contact hours. 

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Corporate Sponsors

Give your Organization the exposure it needs with these Once-in-a-Century Centennial Sponsorship Options.

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Exhibit and/or Meal, Tote Bag, etc 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.

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Continuing Education

The 2019 Centennial Celebration provides up to 7.25 contact hours over two days (Thursday: 3.5, Friday: 2.75, Posters: 1.0).

The Continuing Nursing Education Group 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 a full day to receive contact hours.




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