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American Academy of Nursing 2021 Health Policy Conference

How do I participate in the Health Policy Conference?

The Hybrid Health Policy Conference will be held both virtually and in-person at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC from October 7-9, 2021. After completing the online registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information and instructions on how to participate. The Academy is also requiring all in-person attendees to be fully vaccinated to participate.Am I required to be fully vaccinated to participate in-person at the conference? The Delta variant of COVID-19 and its high transmissibility rate requires a vigilant approach and therefore, the Academy will take additional measures to protect the health and safety of the in-person participants at the Academy’s 2021 Health Policy Conference being held October 7 - 9, 2021 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Specifically, we WILL REQUIRE ALL REGISTERED ATTENDEES AND SPEAKERS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED TO PARTICIPATE IN-PERSON AT THE CONFERENCE. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. ALL IN-PERSON ATTENDEES MUST HAVE RECEIVED THE COVID-19 VACCINE. For individuals who are unable to be vaccinated or who do not wish to be, the Academy is offering a robust virtual attendance option that mirrors the in-person content as an accommodation. Attendees will be required to upload their vaccination card through a secure portal. The Academy is partnering with Event Farm + CLEAR Health Pass for this process. The Academy recognizes that the Health Policy Conference is an opportunity for shared learning in complex times as well as a space to offer meaningful recognition of new Fellows, Living Legends, Honorary Fellows, and Academy awardees. Therefore, ANY GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE AT ANY PORTION OF THE CONFERENCE WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO BE FULLY VACCINATED. Induction and Living Legends Ceremony ticket registration will be associated with each individual guest and the guest’s vaccination card will also need to be uploaded through the secure portal. Out of an abundance of caution, it is for this reason that the Academy cannot allow children under the age of 12, nor those who are not vaccinated, to attend the Living Legends or Induction ceremonies. Children, ages 12 – 18 who are vaccinated, are permitted to attend the in-person ceremonies. Parents, grandparents, or guardians will need to attest to the vaccination status of children aged 12 or above and the child will need to present a valid vaccination card at the conference before entering the ceremony. Event Farm + CLEAR Health Pass will launch the portal for Academy conference attendees 10 days before the event. All registrants for the in-person event will be required to upload their vaccination card through this app, which is accessible on smartphones. In doing so, you will receive a confirmation from CLEAR Health Pass that you will need to show at the conference for validation by staff at registration. Additionally, in-person attendees will be required to execute a liability waiver related to potential exposure. Academy staff will send this waiver to all in-person attendees to sign by October 1, 2021. The Academy fully supports its community and appreciates the individual decisions that must be made in these extremely challenging times due to multiple factors, which we know are both professional and personal. Therefore, the Academy will allow any registrant the opportunity to change their registration from in-person to virtual and virtual to in-person without penalty, up until October 1, 2021. Please contact to request a change in conference format.

Will I be able to access the content from the conference after the event?

Conference content will be available with extended on-demand access through the end of the year. Please note, you must register for the conference to access content after October 7, 2021.

What is included in the registration?

Virtual Registration includes access to virtual: Keynote Presentations, Panel Sessions, Networking Opportunities, Living Legends Ceremony, Induction Ceremony, Exhibit Hall, Posters, Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours, and Extended On-Demand Content. In-Person Registration includes all virtual benefits & access to live: Keynote Speakers, Interactive Panel Sessions, Institute for Nursing Leadership (INL) Signature Event, Networking Opportunities, Living Legends Dinner & Ceremony, Induction Ceremony & Soiree, Exhibitor Booths, Poster Presentations, and Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours.

How will abstracts be presented and viewed?

The American Academy of Nursing’s platform will feature a virtual poster hall where abstract presenters and attendees can connect through live chat and 1:1 video meetings. Each poster presentation will be pre-recorded and available with on-demand access through the platform. In-person abstract presenters will have the opportunity to answer live Q&A during a designated time.

Will I have the opportunity to participate in the Exhibit Hall?

Yes, the American Academy of Nursing platform will feature a virtual exhibitor hall where vendors and attendees can connect through live chat and 1:1 video meetings, as well as, in-person exhibitor booths for the live event.

How do I receive nursing continuing professional development credits for attending the conference?

The fee for Contact Hours is included in all registration rates. Contact hours are awarded by the American Academy of Nursing following the completion of the virtual event. Continuing education certificates will be sent following the completion of the post-conference evaluation. The American Academy of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

How can I network with my colleagues during the conference?

In-person networking opportunities are available in the conference lounge and throughout the live event flow. There are virtual networking opportunities available to all registrants through message boards, 1:1 video meetings, and messaging capabilities in the virtual platform. The platform will also feature a Conference Lounge, which is a virtual meeting room for attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors to network and connect at any time.

What is the dress code for the in-person Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC?

Appropriate dress for the health policy conference is business casual. A jacket or sweater is recommended as meeting room temperatures may vary. Dress for the Living Legends Ceremony & Dinner is formal business attire (suits and ties for men, business-like dress for women). Dress for the Induction Ceremony & Soiree is cocktail-to formal, with black tie optional.

What health guidelines will I need to follow as an attendee of the in-person portion of the Health Policy Conference?

The Academy continues to monitor and adjust our health and safety measures as the course of the pandemic unfolds. The Academy requires that all attendees and guests are familiar with and agree to uphold the public safety measures laid out by the District of Columbia’s Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on masking, social distancing, travel, international travel, and testing. Please note that in-person attendees who are traveling internationally to the United States for the event must refer to and adhere to their own country’s guidance on COVID-19 protocols in relation to U.S. based travel and entry and will be required to show their proof of vaccination card on-site at the Marriott Marquis upon check-in at registration in order to participate in the conference since the CLEAR Health Pass does not have the ability to verify international vaccine cards. As stated prior, international attendees do have the opportunity to change their registration from in-person to virtual without penalty, up until October 1, 2021 by contacting with the request. The organization has a long-standing relationship and a current contract with the Marriott for this event. Therefore, we are working closely with the hotel staff to uphold the measures they have put in place as well as partner with us to uphold our commitment to the vaccination status of Academy attendees. The Academy has outlined below the measures already in place to protect the health and safety of in-person attendees: Currently, the District of Columbia requires masks for indoor events, regardless of your vaccination status. The hotel employees and attendees will maintain a firm commitment to practicing social distancing. This includes creating space in the conference ballroom for strategic table positioning and seating at the various events. Based on current and projected registration, the overall event attendance will be approximately 40% the size of previous events. The Marriott Marquis has a routine process to sanitize publicly shared spaces. All Academy employees staffing the event have been fully vaccinated and have demonstrated their proof of vaccination.

Am I able to change my registration from in-person to virtual or vice versa?

Yes, you are able to change your registration from in-person to virtual and virtual to in-person without penalty before September 17 (subject to change). Please contact with requests.

Will there be committee and expert panel meetings held during the Health Policy Conference?

The hybrid conference is designed so that in-person and virtual attendees have an inclusive experience. The experience will focus on community and learning together. Therefore, we will not be hosting Committee and Expert Panel meetings during the conference and instead focus on sessions and networking.

Am I required to wear a mask or take any other safety precautions if I am attending in Washington, DC?

Currently, in effect since Saturday, July 31 at 5:00 a.m., all people over the age of two must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. See the situational update and mask guidelines here. Please reference https:// for more information.

Will Academy Shoppes be open in-person during the Health Policy Conference?

Visit the Academy Shoppes online and in-person, located in Marquis Salon 15, to purchase a wide range of Academy-branded gifts as well as donate to the Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund. There will be an option for in-person attendees to pre-order shoppes items for “curbside” pickup at the Marriott Marquis outside Marquis Salon 15 on October 7-9 from
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Please Note: Only credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover) and checks are accepted at the Academy Shoppes.

Living Legends Ceremony & Induction Ceremony

Does in-person registration include the Living Legends Ceremony & Induction Ceremony?

Yes, in-person registration includes the Living Legends Ceremony and the Induction Ceremony & Soiree.

Can I bring a guest to the Living Legends Ceremony or Induction Ceremony in Washington, DC?

Yes, guests can attend by purchasing a Living Legends Ceremony ticket and/or an Induction Ceremony & Soiree ticket.

If I'm a New Fellow can I bring a guest to the Induction Ceremony? Can I sit with them? How does seating work at the Induction Ceremony?

2021 New Fellows will be seated in a specific order alphabetically by state then by the last name for the Induction Ceremony in Washington, DC. Guests can sit wherever they wish, is it a first come first serve basis. The Marriott Marquis ballroom doors will open for family, friends, and everyone else 15 minutes before the ceremony.

Can I watch the Living Legend Ceremony and Induction Ceremony from my computer, phone, or tablet?

The Living Legends Ceremony will be live-streamed with open access to the Academy's YouTube page on Friday, October 8th at 5:30 pm. The Induction Ceremony will also be live-streamed with open access to the Academy's YouTube page on Saturday, October 9th at 5:30 pm. You do not need to register to view these virtual ceremonies and they will be available on the Academy's YouTube Page.

How do I reserve an affiliate reception room ?

Affiliate receptions are open on a first come first serve basis and you can find more information under "Affiliate Receptions" Here. To reserve a room please complete the commitment form and send the following information to by September 3. REQUESTED AFFILIATE RECEPTION
Reception Name (exactly as it should appear on the hotel signs): Preferred date: Thurs 10.7 / Fri 10.8 / Sat 10.9 Preferred time:
Expected number of attendees:
Will the reception have food & beverage? Yes / No Will the reception require audiovisual (projector, conference phone, mic, etc)? Yes / No Would you like the room set as a standard reception style including a mixture of high and low cocktail round tables with chairs placed throughout the room? Yes / No
Would you like the reception to be listed in the conference program? Yes / No

How can I honor a New Fellow, Living Legend, Honorary Fellow, or Award Winner?

Sponsor the conference, place an advertisement or exhibitor booth. Please send a completed commitment form to by September 3rd.

Institute for Nursing Leadership 2021 Signature Event

Do I need to register separately for the Institute for Nursing Leadership Signature Event?

If you have registered to attend the Health Policy Conference in-person, you do not need to register separately for the Institute for Nursing Leadership (INL) 2021 Signature Event. In-person registration for the Health Policy Conference includes in-person registration for the INL Signature Event. This event will take place in a hybrid format where attendees attend either in-person or virtually. The in-person event will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC on October 7, 2021, from 3:00-6:15 pm ET. Click here to register.

Is there an option to attend the Institute for Nursing Leadership Signature Event in Washington, DC without registering for the Health Policy Conference?

Yes, you can register here to attend the INL Signature Event.

Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2021 Advanced Methods Conference

Do I need to register separately for the CANS Advanced Methods Conference?

Yes, you must register separately here to attend the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) Advanced Methods Conference “Inclusion by Design: Methods and Approaches Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility in Nursing Research” will be held virtually on October 6, 2021. Participants will learn about the different types of methods, designs, and frameworks and their applications in nursing science to incorporate diversity, health equity, inclusivity, and accessibility in all aspects of the research process as we strive towards healthy lives for all people.