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National Association of Catholic Nurses Annual Conference

March 21, 2014March 23, 2014

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Aquinas College will again host the annual conference of the National Association of Catholic Nurses U.S.A., from Friday–Sunday, March 21–23, 2014. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit the N.A.C.N.-U.S.A. website.

Established in 1940 at the request of the Catholic Bishops of the United States, the Association is a conduit for nurses, nursing students, and other related healthcare professionals who support Catholic values and principles, with a focus on networking, education, responding to current healthcare issues, allocation and access to resources, and service opportunities.

Conference Schedule

Friday, March 21 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

  • 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Registration and Check‐in
  • 6:00 p.m. Welcome – NACN President Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner with Key Note Speaker Debra Hanna, PhD, RN, “Nursing An Invisible Ill: How Nurses Can See Patient’s Moral Distress”
  • 8:30 p.m. Evening Prayers

Saturday, March 22

  • Breakfast on your own
  • 7:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Opening Mass at Motherhouse; Most Reverend Bishop David Choby, Bishop of Nashville, Celebrant
  • 9:30 a.m. Gathering at Aquinas College
  • 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session “Caring and Conscience in Conflict,” Dr. Marie Hilliard, JCL, PhD, RN
  • 11:00 a.m. Break; Silent Auction, Posters, Vendors
  • 11:30 a.m. Scholarly Presentation A. “Fertility Health Literacy,” Mary Lee Barron, PHD, RN
  • 12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch Luncheon Optional Session, “How Local Councils Support our Caring Ministry,” Alma Abuelouf, BSN, RN, FCN, Jane Cardea, PhD., RN
  • 1:30 p.m. “Teen Star,” Dr. Hanna Klaus, MD
  • 2:30 p.m. Break; Silent Auction, Posters, Vendors
  • 3:00 p.m. “Care of the Aging: In the Steps of the Divine Physician,” Sr. Mary Diana Dreger, OP, MD
  • 4:00 p.m. Closing Prayers
  • Evening Events on Your Own

Sunday, March 23 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

  • Breakfast on your own
  • 7:15 a.m. Mass at Motherhouse
  • 9:00 a.m. Scholarly Presentation B. “Developing Nursing students’ spiritual awareness through simulating end‐of‐life care of a Catholic patient.” Margaret Fink, Ed.D., RN
  • 10:00 a.m. Break
  • 10:20 a.m. Panel “Member Engagement on the Future: How to Impact It”
  • 11:20 a.m. Business Meeting
  • 12:00 p.m. Closing prayer; Evaluation and Departure


March 21, 2014
March 23, 2014
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School of Nursing
(615) 297-7545 x446


Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205 United States
(615) 297-7545