Dear ACNN Colleagues,

As 2020 begins, ACNN has much to reflect on and be thankful for in 2019.  2019 was a record-breaking year, with 139 registrants for our annual meeting that took place this past October in Charlotte, NC.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn and network with our colleagues.  We recognized fellow members with the Clair Chee, Nurse Practitioner, and Innovation in Practice Awards. In addition, we have hit record membership and continue to grow in numbers and strength.

As we look forward to the new year, we are excited about the opportunities to come.  2020 brings the joint Child Neurology and International Child Neurology Association meeting which is anticipated to set record attendance in San Diego.  As we continue to partner with CNS, this will also impact the ACNN meeting.  As such, we expect abstract submission and review to occur on an expedited timeline.  We also expect registration to open much sooner.  Be on the lookout for emails and Connect messages regarding these items and check back on the website and Twitter feed for ongoing updates.

I also want to remind everyone of the Elizabeth F. Hobdell ACNN Nursing Quality, Research, and Scholarship Grant.  This grant provides up to $1,000 of funding to ACNN members for nursing research projects focused on identifying and improving nursing practice and care in the pediatric neurosciences.  Grants are open to applications throughout the year and can be accessed through the ACNN website.  This is a fantastic opportunity to access funds specific to nursing scholarship.  The committee eagerly awaits your application!

Finally, we want to connect with you!  If you have a Twitter account (and if you don’t, here’s a good reason to get one), please follow @ACNNnursingorg to get ongoing updates.

Here’s wishing you all the happiness and good fortune in 2020!


Jennifer Coffman, JD, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC, CNRN
President, ACNN