AANN Advances in Stroke Care Conference

The 2017 AANN Fall Conference will focus on the topic of advances in stroke care and take place Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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Building on the success of the sold-out inaugural stroke conference in 2015 and the sold out conference in 2016, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) is bringing you even more stroke education. Learn more about the conference, feature speaker, registration, and travel information below. You will not want to miss this meeting!

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Keynote Speakers

DaiWai OlsonThursday, August 10
Unusual Strokes in Unusual Folks

DaiWai M. Olson, PhD RN CCRN FNCS

Almost everyone knows the big story behind Snow White, but how many people know that Snow White actually suffered an acute ischemic stroke? This dynamic presentation will highlight stroke presentation in populations not commonly associated with stroke. By tapping into case studies well known to almost every nurse, this presentation will discuss stroke symptoms and the correlative neuroanatomy required to understand the pathophysiology behind these symptoms. 

Linda Littlejohns webFriday, August 11
Advanced Interactive Anatomy and Assessment of the Stroke Patient

Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN CNRN FAAN

Rapid assessment and intervention is critical in the management of the stroke patient, but can you detect subtle differences that occur in stroke across the lifespan? We will take a deeper dive into the vessels and structures in the brain and spine using the Anatomage 3D updated software, color coded vessels, case studies, and Kaboom. This session will cover anatomy and assessment and afford the learner a better understanding of potential deficits and challenges as the patient moves from the critical diagnosis to recovery expectations and rehab needs.

Conference Objectives

  • Inspire attendees to optimize patient care through exposure to innovative research and leading evidence-based practice in stroke medicine.
  • Create an environment conducive to meeting the learning needs of nurses from introductory to expert levels of practice.
  • Promote the advancement of neuroscience nursing.
  • Foster networking and mentoring among neuroscience nursing colleagues.

Education Tracks

Clinical & Coordinators

This education track is designed for stroke nurses and stroke educators to expand the understanding of stroke in the clinical setting.
Topics will include
• Tissue plasminogen activator
• Special populations
• Full spectrum and outcomes
• Community reintegration
• Rehabilitation
• Risk factors
• Hemorrhagic stroke
• Case studies
• Research

Neuro 101

This course will cover Neuro 101 topics for newer neuroscience nurses.
• Seizures
• Degenerative diseases
• Dementia
• Genetics
• Headaches
• Imaging

SCRN Review

Stroke education, following the SCRN content outline, will help you prepare for the SCRN exam.

What Past Attendees Had to Say:

"I can use the knowledge gained here to educate other members of the team to promote change in our care."

"Attending this conference will help me provide the optimum and most appropriate care for my stroke patients."

"After attending the stroke conference, I have a renewed passion and will use this knowledge in the future to provide better patient care."

"The program was packed full of useful information!"

"The content of this program was hugely relevant to my daily practice."

Registration Fees

Savings Registration Package AANN Member Nonmember-Join & Register
  Full conference $300 $424
  Full conference and SCRN exam registration* $595 $719
Save $35 Full conference and a copy of the AANN Comprehensive Review for Stroke Nursing** $380 $504
Save $40 Full conference, SCRN exam registration*, and a copy of the AANN Comprehensive Review for Stroke Nursing** $675 $799

* If you register for a bundle that includes the SCRN exam, look for a separate email from AANN with additional information on how to register for the exam. Please note: the SCRN exam is now offered year-round. Register by the 15th of any month to be eligible to take the exam during the following 2 months. Example: Register by August 15, 2017, and be eligible to sit for the exam from September 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.
**Copies of the AANN Comprehensive Review for Stroke Nursing will be distributed onsite to those who purchase a bundle option that includes the book.

Ways to Register

  • Register Online
  • Register by phone: 847.375.4733 or 888.557.2266, Mon-Fri, 8 am–6 pm CT

  • Register by mail: Print, complete the registration form, and mail to
    AANN Meeting
    PO Box 3781
    Oak Brook, IL 60522

  • Register by fax: Print, complete the registration form, and fax to 847.375.6430

Facility Pricing

Special group discounts are available to help your institution take advantage of the caliber of education available to your staff at the Stroke Conference.

Register five nurses and get one registration free.

Complete a registration form for each nurse and mail them in one envelope to:

8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60631

Call 847.375.4733 with questions.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing. A $100 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations postmarked on or before July 28, 2017. No refunds will be made under any circumstances on cancellations postmarked after July 28, 2017. AANN reserves the right to substitute faculty or to cancel or reschedule sessions because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If AANN must cancel the entire meeting, registrants will receive a full credit or refund of their paid registration fee. No refunds can be made for lodging, airfare, or any other expenses related to attending the conference.

Location Information

Rosemont, Illinois

The Village of Rosemont has created a thriving mecca of tourism, entertainment and convention and trade-show business, attracting visitors from around the world. Incorporated in 1956, and conveniently located five minutes from O'Hare Airport and twenty minutes from Chicago's downtown, the entertainment suburb hosts an average 75,000 visitors a day. Residents and visitors alike enjoy all the amenities for which Rosemont is known, including the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, a wide variety of hotel and dining options, the Allstate Arena, Rosemont Theatre, the lively entertainment district MB Financial Park and the new Fashion Outlets of Chicago.

Meeting Location

All registration, events, and conference sessions will take place at:
Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel
5300 N River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Renovation Photos

Hotel Information

The Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel has also been chosen as the headquarters hotel for the conference.

Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel
5300 N River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Reservations: 877.868.9134
Personalized reservation link:  AANN 2017 Stroke Course
$164 (single/double)
$184 (triple)
$204 (quad)
Cutoff: July 19, 2017

The limited, special rate is $164 (single/double), $184 (triple), $204 (quad), and the cut-off date will be July 19, 2017. This special rate will apply until the cut-off date, or when the room block is filled; at that point, other rates may apply.

General Information

Airlines Information

O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
10000 W O'Hare Ave
Chicago, IL 60666
(773) 686-2200
3.1 miles / 7 minutes

Ground Transportation

Options for getting to and from the hotel include:

Free Shuttle


For domestic flights, pick up is at the Hotel Shuttle Center, Door #2. Exits to the shuttle center are located by baggage claim. Follow the red Shuttle Center signs.

For all International flights or for domestic flights between 1 AM and 4 AM, please call 847-544-5300 to arrange for service


Taxis are available for an estimated fare of $15 one way.


Take the CTA Blue Line from O’Hare airport towards Forest Park, Get off the train at the Rosemont stop, walk 0.3 miles on Des Plaines River Rd/N River Rd to Bryn Mawr Ave, the Hilton is on the left on Bryn Mawr Av. The subway fare is $2.25.

Accessible Assistance

Wheelchair Rental Companies

Wheelchair Rental Pros

Doctor's Choice

Wheelchair-Accessible Van Rental:

Chicago Taxi Companies

Open Taxis specializes in wheelchair accessible vehicles

O'Hare International Airport Ground Transportation/Taxi Co Information w/Wheelchair-accessibility info: 


Rates For Hotel

Self-Parking $26
Valet Parking $36

Weather/Conference Attire

Chicago's average high in late August is 82°F with the average low being 64°F. Meeting room temperatures tend to fluctuate. Please bring a light sweater or jacket with you to your sessions. Or, buy an AANN monogrammed scarf to wear in the chilly conference rooms!

AANN Scarf

Local Information

Chicago is a city full of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. For more information on all the city has to offer, visit or

Exhibit Information

If you'd like to become an exhitor, contact Mary Paulson at for more information.

Exhibit Hours

Thursday, August 10

Exhibitor Set Up         10 am-4 pm
Sponsored Reception   5:30-6:30 pm

Friday, August 11

Breakfast                    7-8 am
Break                         10:10-10:25 am
Lunch                         12:35-1:30 pm
Break                         3:30-3:45 pm
Exhibit Tear Down       3:45-5 pm   

Note: Hours are subject to change.

Download the Exhibit Application

2016 Exhibitors

Advance Cooling Therapy

American Heart Association

Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Chamberlain College



Midwest Stroke Alliance




U.W. Health

Thank you to our Sponsors

Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC