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Know Before You Go: The 2024 AANP National Conference

24 Nat Conf Know Before You Go

Be prepared and get excited to join thousands of NPs in Nashville, Tennessee, June 25 – 30.

In only a few weeks, the largest gathering of nurse practitioners (NPs) in the country takes place at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP). The 2024 AANP National Conference is the biggest gathering of NPs in the nation — a place for NPs to network, experience more than 330 sessions and workshops, attend industry events and listen to the fascinating stories of opening and closing keynote speakers — Dominique “Awesome Dawesome” Dawes, and Maria Smilios joined by Virginia Allen. Read on to learn how to best prepare for the conference, including technology tips and a brief guide on walkable sights to see in Nashville.

Select Your Sessions and Plan Your Conference

The 2024 AANP National Conference features more than 330 sessions and workshops, all of which are available to browse and sign up for now. Furthermore, when you register for the in-person conference package, you can access the full on-demand package at no extra charge from July 5 to Aug. 12 (access to the on-demand sessions begins five days after the in-person conference concludes).

Select Your Sessions

AANP has also created a number of digital tools to help attendees best navigate sessions and download information while at the event. The AANP mobile app features a 2024 AANP National Conference section, and to access it, open the AANP mobile app, click on “2024 National Conference” and the mini-app will open. The 2024 National Conference section of the app comes with a guide for using features like selecting sessions, information on industry exhibitors and the ability to complete evaluations. In the “schedule” section, various tabs like “handouts,” “evaluations” and “all sessions” will help you manage your conference experience. Please note that with regard to handouts, AANP is going paperless this year and everything you need will be found online.

Download the AANP App

For your pre-planning, here are a few important events at conference you won’t want to miss: a Welcome Reception on Tuesday, June 25; the Opening General Session on Wednesday, June 26; the opening of the exhibit hall on Thursday, June 27; the General Session: Legislative Policy Update on Friday, June 28; and the Closing General Session on Saturday, June 29.

Staying Relaxed and Comfortable at Conference

The Music City Center is a big place, and there’s a good chance conference attendees will be crisscrossing the building taking in sessions and meetings. The amount of walking that takes place at a conference like this one may be surprising to first-time attendees, and everyone should remember to wear comfortable shoes, perhaps packing along insoles with other foot protection like adhesive bandages or various types of socks — there’s nothing fun about aching feet one or two days into a week of walking.

Water stations are available throughout Music City Center, and bringing a refillable bottle is recommended. If you tend to get chilly, a light jacket or sweater is a must. In case you forget either or just want to show your NP pride, visit the AANP store on Music City Center’s third level. Twenty-five new items will be available for purchase in Nashville, including drinkware, clothing and more.

Exploring Nashville Fun

Music City Center is in a central area of downtown Nashville, and a walkable distance from an incredible amount of history. Directly across the street from Music City Center on 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S is the famous Country Music Hall of Fame. The museum has a few free exhibits, including “Lori Field: Saints, Tigers, Warriors, Lovers, Flowers.” The exhibit is only available until July 19, so this may be your last chance to see it if you’re visiting from out of town. Nearby at 116 Rep. John Lewis Way North is the Ryman, the “famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry.” Interested NPs can take a self-guided or guided tour, and the venue is also hosting a few concerts during the week of conference.

For the museum-loving NP, also near Music City Center is the National Museum of African American Music. June is Black Music Month, and on June 26 they are hosting a special event featuring a mixology class. Finally, a piece of public art that enraptures visitors to Nashville is the famous “What Lifts You Wings” mural by Kelsey Montague on 230 11th Ave S. Can’t make it that far outside of the convention center? AANP has commissioned a version of this art piece conveniently centered at the conference and inside Music City Center for photo opportunities! For even more options for things to see, do and eat in downtown Nashville, visit the city’s official website.

Being Social and Charitable

While networking in-person with NPs, make sure you also keep your socials going strong by sharing your experiences at conference with the hashtag #AANP2024 and tagging AANP on Facebook, X, LinkedIn and Instagram. And if you aren’t able to attend the 2024 AANP National Conference in person, the on-demand portion of the conference begins on July 5.

View On-Demand Sessions

You’ll also want to stop by the Exhibit Hall, which can be found on Level 3 of the Music City Center. There, you’ll find poster presentations, displays and more than 400 exhibitors. At the center of the Exhibit Hall is the AANP Plaza, where attendees can speak to staff specialists about AANP programs or services; take in pop-up presentations by experts; and save ten dollars by early-renewing AANP memberships.

Finally, this year’s charitable initiative is Thistle Farms, which “provides women survivors with free housing, health care, counseling and job readiness training for two years.” To bolster their charitable work, Thistle Farms runs a café at 5122 Charlotte Pike in Nashville and sells apparel. Thank you to all of the AANP members who have supported this initiative through their membership.