10 Ways to Prepare for the 2023 ANCC National Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® Conference

The highly anticipated 2023 ANCC National Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® Conference is just around the corner, set to take place from October 12th to 14th in the vibrant city of Chicago, IL.  As the largest nursing conference for nurse professionals, this event promises a high-energy and informative experience that you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re a seasoned conference-goer or a first timer, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for this remarkable event and make the most of your time in Chicago.

1.Plan Ahead

Circle the dates of the conference on your calendar and begin planning your trip. Booking your accommodation and travel well in advance ensures a hassle-free experience. Review the agenda and schedule which keynote speakers and events are on your must-see list!

2. Embrace Learning 

With the release of the new Pathway to Excellence® Manual, the conference promises fresh insights and updates. Approach each session with an open mind, absorb as much knowledge as possible, and be inspired to elevate your nursing practice.

3. Set Conference Goals

What do you hope to achieve by attending this conference? Whether it’s gaining new clinical insights, improving leadership skills, or expanding your professional network, define your goals to make the most of your time.

4. Save Room In Your Luggage for Conference Swag 

After setting conference goals, keep in mind every vendor will have trinkets, swag, and candy to giveaway! Some of the exhibits offer experiential learning; take pictures or videos to capture your animated character- all the vendors are there to support you and your organization on your nursing excellence journey.

Don’t forget to stop by HealthLinx booth #1005. Tell us what your “Why” is to working in healthcare using the #MYWHY.

5. Stay Informed with Updates

Keep an eye on your email for important conference updates, including session changes, venue maps, and additional resources. Don’t forget to download the conference app to your smartphone. If you use social media, this will be a great way to network, share pictures, and have the conference materials available at your fingertips.   **Stay Active on Social Media:** Join the conversation on social media platforms using the official conference hashtag. This is a great way to engage with other attendees, share insights, and stay updated on real-time discussions.

6. Pack Comfortably 

McCormick Place exhibit center is 2.6 million sq. ft. be ready to walk! The dress code is professional. It is rare for people to wear jeans during the conference except for the last day, if someone is catching a flight after the closing ceremony.

The convention rooms tend to be on the chilly side- so pack a sweater or a stylish Pashmina in case you get cold. Most importantly be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes to tackle the conference centers sprawling layout. You want to stay mobile and energized to navigate the venue with ease.

7. Stay Hydrated and Energized 

Conferences can be intense, so remember to stay hydrated and keep energy-boosting snacks on hand to fuel your days. Try to keep a water bottle in your bag and a granola bar for emergencies. However, if you find yourself needing some extra energy take advantage of the candy bowls at booths to help get an afternoon pick-me up.

8. Network, Network, Network 

As the largest nursing conference, the event offers a unique opportunity to connect with fellow professionals from around the globe. Be proactive in networking, exchanging ideas, and building valuable connections.

The conference App will have a page that lists all the attendees and their contact information unless they opt out. Be sure to leverage technology and consider bringing a few business cards to exchange with other nurses.  If you are a clinical nurse and don’t have business cards, consider printing out labels with your contact information to share.

9. Explore Chicago 

While in Chicago, don’t miss the chance to indulge in the city’s renowned food and culture. Try iconic dishes like deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and more. See our top recommendations below!

Restaurants: Capital Grille, The Purple Pig, and  Lou Minaldi’s Deep Dish Chicago Pizza

Site Seeing: The Museum of Contemporary Art, Willis Tower Sky Deck or Adler Planetarium

Shopping: Magnificent Mile and Merchandise Mart

10. Enjoy the Conference! 

The 2023 ANCC National Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your nursing expertise, connect with peers, and explore the dynamic city of Chicago. By following these ten ways to prepare, you’ll be equipped to make the most of this high-energy, informative, and transformative event. Get ready to embrace new knowledge, forge valuable connections, and return to your practice with renewed enthusiasm and insights. See you at the conference!

Take a look at last years conference recap! 


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