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ANCA Convention

At the banquetThe Army Nurse Corps Association has reunion-type conventions every other year, in even-numbered years, with programs characterized by the motto, Connect * Learn * Build. These gatherings honor all that our association values: opportunities for social interaction and networking; first-class continuing education from highly sought-after speakers; bringing different services, components and Department of Veterans Affairs nurses together; and specialty sessions in such areas as research and education. 

We welcome with open arms all active, retired, and former Active, Reserve, and National Guard members of the Army Nurse Corps to join ANCA if they have not already, and come with us as we meet for reminiscence, fellowship, continuing education, networking, and oh, yes, a little organizational business, every two years at different places around the United States. If you're a present or former Army Nurse Corps officer and interested in joining us at our conventions, check our Membership page for eligibility information.

Convention 2018 in San Antonio!

Convention 2018 logoThis year's biennial ANCA Convention will be held 11-14 October at the DoubleTree by Hilton Airport hotel in San Antonio. We will be celebrating our Connecting Generations of Army Nurses! theme, as well as recognizing San Antonio silhouettesSan Antonio's SA300 Tricentennial celebration. Our convention team is working hard on the program and arrangements for the event, plus some optional tours for the Thursday before for those who are interested. Below is an outline of the events scheduled, and the details about the continuing education program and poster showcase we have lined up. If you have questions, ask via our Contact Us page, Department Routing: Convention.


Time is getting short, so sign up now! To register, click the Register Now! button below. When you register, you can set up a temporary account which will enable you to review your registration and make changes later if necessary. If you have already registered but did not set up an account at that time, you can do that now on the Account Manager page.


Outline of Activities

Thursday 11 October

Optional Morning and Afternoon Tours
WRAIN Reception

Friday 12 October

Exhibits and Poster Showcase open
Conference Kickoff and Welcome
The first two of seven hours of available continuing education presentations
Luncheon, MG (Ret.) Jimmie Keenan scheduled as speaker
Evening Welcome Reception

Saturday 13 October

General Session and Business Meeting
Three hours of CE
Religious Services available
Evening Cocktail Reception
Banquet, MG Barbara Holcomb scheduled as speaker

Sunday 14 October

Regional Breakout Meetings
Two more hours of CE presentations
Remembrance ceremony for members who have passed
Lunch, MG Mary Link scheduled as speaker
Closing Session and Installation of Officers
Adjournment around 1400

For the detailed agenda, see the Registration Page.

Continuing Education

These continuing nursing education activities were approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. ANCC Accredited Approver number A0012 (60 minute contact hour).

What We Know About the Treatment of Combat-Related PTSD:  Summary of Findings from STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium Studies

A description of PTSD and an overview of a consortium of studies conducted to treat combat-related PTSD.

COL-R (AN) Stacey Young- McCaughan, RN, PhD

A Transformative Transition into Nursing Academia

Military nurses are innovative and agile within complex health systems and skilled in communication, leadership, and teamwork with extensive clinical proficiencies.  These skills are excellent resources for guiding future generations of student nurses within tomorrow’s health environment. 

COL-R (AN) Myrna Armstrong, RN, EdD

Creating a Just Culture:  My Voice Matters

A program offered by the VA National Center for Patient Safety, My Voice Matters aims to generate the cultural shifts needed for an organization to:  a) create and sustain a safe culture; b) instill high-reliability practices; and c) improve clinical outcomes.

COL-R (AN) Keith Essen, RN, PhD

The Bright Adventure of Army Nursing

A discussion of the Army’s recruitment and utilization of nurses during the Vietnam War, with emphasis on the ways Army policies affected the experiences of the women and men who served. Also included are some brief comparisons to nurses’ experiences in the later wars.

Kara Dixon Vuic, PhD 

Research Participant Recruitment

The panel will describe the importance of intentional planning for participant recruitment as a vital step to study completion; the difficulties encountered in, and strategies to achieve recruitment of adequate numbers of research participants; the importance of, and challenges with including service members as research participants; and ways to enhance participant retention in studies.

COL-R (AN)Darlene Gilcreast, RN, PhD
COL-R (AN) Stacey Young-McCaughan, RN, PhD
Lt.Col.-R (USAF-NC) Joseph Schmelz, RN, PhD
MAJ Patricia Schmidt (AN), RN, PhD
Katie A. Chargualaf, RN, PhD

Not Forgetting to Remember:  The Importance of our Historical Heritage

Highlighting the importance of recognizing, acknowledging, and understanding the importance of knowing one’s personal and professional history so that it is incorporated and integrated in the person or the profession.  This knowledge can enable the person or profession to move forward in addressing current life and/or professional challenges.

Col.-R (USAF-NC) Regina Aune, RN, PhD

Snapshot:  ANCA Research & EBP Grant Recipients in Their Own Words

The panelists have all received ANCA grants for their research or EBP work.  Each will describe their projects and relevance to military nursing.  Each will identify lessons they have learned in writing a grant proposal and implementing the seed grant.

LTC (AN) Andrea Fuller, RN, DNP
LTC-R (AN) James Cleveland, RN, MSN
MAJ (AN) Patricia Schmidt, RN, PhD
CPT (AN) Sabas Salgado, RN, MBA-HM

Poster Showcase

A key feature of the convention will be ANCA’s Third Annual Research/Evidence-based Practice (EBP) Poster Showcase on 13 October. ANCA members, Army Nurse Corps officers (Active, USAR, ARNG, Retired) and civilian nurses working in military settings are invited to submit a brief abstract using these guidelines. Four poster awards will be given: 1st and 2nd Place Research Awards, and 1st and 2nd Place EBP Awards. Winners will be invited to publish in ANCA's newsletter, The Connection.


We have arranged three interesting, informative, and enjoyable optional tours on Thursday 11 October, the day before the official start of the convention, for those who wish to arrive a day early and take advantage of them. You can sign up for them along with the convention itself on the Registration page.

Option 1: Wine Country tour and LBJ Mansion Visit 0900 - 1630 ($125.00)

LBJ Ranch houseEnjoy a fun-filled day full of Texas history and wine, along with your knowledgeable wine tour guides from Cottonwood Wine Tours. Guests will enjoy a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch and take a tour of his hill country home. We will then proceed to enjoy wine tastings at William Chris Vineyards and 4.0 Cellars. All three locations are situated on "Wine Road 290", the heart of the Texas Hill Country wine trail. While at William Chris Vineyards, guests will enjoy a box lunch in their outdoor pavilion. Tour includes transportation, LBJ Ranch tour, all wine tasting fees, and box lunch. Tour limited to 35 guests.

Option 2: Food Enthusiasts Demo Class at the Culinary Institute of America 1330 - 1630 ($90.00)

Culinary Institute of AmericaCome to San Antonio campus of The Culinary Institute of America and see what all the excitement is about! You'll watch a culinary demonstration by CIA trained chef-instructors and enjoy tastings of the items prepared. These customized demos allow you to gain the knowledge from the best practices and techniques of experienced CIA chefs. Featured dishes highlight seasonal favorites from across the globe. The recipes presented are tried and true and will have you coming back again and again! Cost includes demo, tastings, facility tour and roundtrip transportation from the DoubleTree San Antonio Airport.

Option 3: A Visit to the AMEDD Museum 1330 - 1630 ($15.00)

AMEDD MuseumTake some time to tour the recently renovated Army Medical Department Museum. The Director has made many additions and improvements and is excited to give ANCA members a first hand look at some rare memorabilia.

Today the AMEDD Museum campus occupies 7 acres of grounds, including the main museum building, a covered, restored hospital train car, and two pergolas, one containing modern wheeled ambulances and one containing helicopters. A Medal of Honor Walk recognizes the 50 Medal of Honor recipients from the U.S. Army Medical Department, winding through the museum grounds and leading to a 250-seat outdoor amphitheater. The galleries and outdoor exhibit areas tell the 200-plus year history of the U S Army Medical Department, in war and peace, emphasizing subjects such as battlefield medicine, the chain of patient evacuation, the evolution of the eight corps that compose the Army Medical Department and the evolution of equipment, medical care and treatment from 1775 to the present day.

Entrance into the museum is complementary. Cost includes roundtrip transportation from the DoubleTree to the museum.

Questions? Ask via our Contact Us page, Department Routing: Convention.