Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference

Sunday, March 17 - Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT

Train the Brain: Advancing Neuroscience Nursing Education

2024 Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference Featured Sessions

We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City for the Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference from Sunday, March 17-Tuesday, March 19, 2024! View the schedule for a full list of the dynamic programming that will be offered.

2024 Pre-Conference Events

The following are extra-cost events, not included in the Neuroscience Nursing Annual Conference registration fee.

Sunday, March 17

Linda Littlejohns 28 am–12 pm MDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: Anatomy
(001) Brain Anatomy With 3D Correlation to Trauma, Stroke, and Other Pathology
Speaker: Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN SCRN CNRN FAAN
Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Neuroscience patient care is built on a foundation of normal anatomy knowledge. This session will explore the normal structures, blood supply, lobes and deeper nuclei, brainstem, and cerebellum. In addition to slides and radiographic views, we’ll be able to demonstrate potential pathology in 3D on dual screens. We’ll discuss cases as we explore possible options for management. These 3D views greatly enhance understanding, prevention, and planning for complications in our challenging patients.


Linda Littlejohns 2

1-3 pm MDT
Level: Intermediate
Track: Spine
(00) Spine Anatomy and 3D Correlation to Trauma and Degenerative Disease
Speaker: Linda Littlejohns, MSN RN SCRN CNRN FAAN
Member: $75
Non-Member: $100

Visibility of the structures of the spine, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and blood supply in 3D greatly enhances the understanding of pathology and symptoms in neuro patients. This session will discuss traumatic and degenerative findings in the spine and considerations when a critical structure such as the spinal cord is compromised due to age or damage to the spine or blood supply. We’ll discuss cases and radiologic findings as we compare normal anatomy to pathology. 


2024 Keynote Speaker

D.WrightMonday, March 18

8–9:30 am MDT
Opening Remarks from AANN President Mona Stecker &
Agnes M. Marshall Keynote Address

Train the Brain: Shifting Our Brains to Think Differently About Competency
Donna Wright, MS RN NPD-BC 

Competency assessment is a good thing, right? Let’s explore the whys and whats around competency and how it can benefit us or cause problems. Some organizations have created monsters in their approaches to competency assessment—to the point where people dread doing things. Let’s explore how to make competency meaningful. Let’s leverage it to energize us, motivate us, and keep health care at its highest standards. Join us for a humorous look at competency assessment like you have never heard and seen before.

Key Takeaways: 

1. Discuss the goal of competency assessment and the driving forces behind the process.

2. Discover how to promote accountability through competency assessment.

Ms. Wright is a nurse and professional development specialist who helps healthcare organizations create meaningful, effective programs that support professional development and competency assessment for all departments. She is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Health Care and Competency Assessment Field Guide: A Real World Guide for Implementation and Application. She is also a co-author of two national award-winning books: Relationship-Based Care: A Model for Transforming Practice and Advancing Relationship-Based Cultures.

View the schedule for a full list of the dynamic programming that will be offered. 

AANN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. All CE contact hours are subject to change as the Annual Conference approaches.