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ANCA Convention

ANCA's Convention 2020 in Bethesda

At present, the ANCA 2020 Convention is still planned for 1-4 October 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. We will be making go/no-go/reschedule decisions in a few months, depending on resolution of the COVID-19 emergency. Below is the current plan for the convention; stay tuned to this page for any news about changes in its status.
NOTE: The MUSNAVC cruise, originally scheduled for prior to the convention, 26 September-1 October, has been cancelled.

ANCA Convention 2020 logo

This year's biennial ANCA convention is coming up in just a few months now, 1-4 October  at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda hotel, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland.

2020 Convention HotelThe Agenda and Speaker Platform has been designed for celebrating the past, capitalizing on the present and connecting for the future. We will be offering  6 contact hours of  nursing continuing education – see below for the wide range of topics to look forward to. A selection of research posters will also be available for viewing at your leisure. We will receive our traditional update presentation on the current State of the ANC, and will also be honored with  former Chief, ANC and Surgeon General LTG (Ret.) Patricia Horoho as our Friday luncheon guest speaker. By popular demand, we've made one- and two-day registrations available for those who can't attend the whole convention; you'll find those and other details on our registration page.

Continuing Education

We have assembled a distinguished group of presenters who will cover these diverse  topics, each for 1 contact hour:

Thoughts About Army Nursing History*

COL (Ret.) C. J. MooreCOL (Ret.) C. J. Moore, MSN

Life After the Army Nurse Corps: Career Planning that Continues the Legacy of Excellence*

BG (Ret.) Bettye SimmonsBG (Ret.) Bettye Simmons, FNP

Advanced Practice Nurse Knowledge of Chronic
Non-Cancerous Pain Management*

COL (Ret.) Rhonda EarlsCOL (Ret.) Rhonda Earls, DNP Military Service Members and Veterans who have had Near-Death Experiences* COL (Ret.) Diane CorcoranCOL (Ret.) Diane Corcoran, PhD

Perceptions of Actual or Near Homelessness of Female Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Identification of Needs to Attain Independence*

COL (Ret.) Linda YoderCOL (Ret.) Linda Yoder, PhD

Genetics: What does the Future Look Like?*

Diane Seibert, PhDDiane Seibert
LTC (Ret.) Deborah KennyLTC (Ret.) Deborah Kenny, PhD

*This continuing nursing education activity was 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.

We have also coordinated with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences to view the 4th Annual LTC Isabelle Bagin Memorial Lecture via video Livestream as part of the convention program. Possible continuing education credit mechanism for this presentation is pending.


On Thursday 1 October there are several attractive optional Tours of the National Capitol Area.
See the registration page for all the details, times, and prices of the tours, but here are the highlights:

Late Morning and Afternoon Tours

  • History and Solace
    Brookside GardensNational Medical MuseumAt the National Medical Museum a customized tour will include viewing of a sampling of Army medical equipment and memorabilia from the museum’s archive. Then following a picnic lunch at Wheaton Regional Park, it's on to the beautiful 50-acre Brookside Gardens complex for a docent-led tour of their many specialty gardens and conservatories.

  • Art, Music and Tea
    Strathmore Music CenterGlenstone Art MuseumAt Montgomery County's modern and contemporary art museum, Glenstone, you can explore the convergence of art, architecture and landscaping on its nearly 300 acres. Following your Glenstone visit, you'll enjoy the stunning Music Center and Mansion at Strathmore, with a backstage tour of the Music Center by an on-site docent and time to explore the gallery’s rotating art exhibitions, followed by High Tea in the Music Center Café with a view of the North Bethesda skyline.
  • Wines, Bites and Brews
    Brookville Beer FarmSugarloaf Mountain VineyardA wine tasting at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in the foothills of Montgomery County's Sugarloaf Mountain will offer sampling of five award winning modern Bordeaux red grapes and five white grapes, followed by a picnic lunch. The next stop features the county's craft brewery scene and its 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve. You’ll receive a private tour of a craft brewery led by the brewmaster and a beer tasting while relaxing in the outdoor beer garden or the tasting room.

Evening Tour

  • Monuments by MoonlightNighttime Washington
    This evening you can see the best our nation’s capital as it is illuminated by night. With a private vehicle and dedicated tour guide, you will be taken to the National Mall and visit its most popular monuments and memorials, including the Washington Monument and Jefferson, Lincoln, Korean War, and Vietnam Memorials and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.


You can register right now on line using your credit card! Just click the green button below to be taken to our registration page for all the particulars about the program and tours, and the form to select your choices and pay. If you'd prefer to pay by check, click the Mail-in Payment option in the Billing section of the registration form and send your check to the address shown. 

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Related Activities

This year there is an event not a part of our convention, but scheduled near it, which you may want to consider: 

  • The Walter Reed Society plans to host a reunion and barbecue lunch in the Rose Garden on the historic Georgia Avenue WRAMC campus, 1300-1600 on 4 October. See the Walter Reed Society website for all the details, including registration and sponsorship forms.
    (The old campus is undergoing significant changes: Building 2, the Heaton Pavilion or new hospital building, has been demolished and others significantly altered. Delano Hall is now a District of Columbia International School, and Abrams Hall has been converted to senior and homeless veterans housing. It is not anticipated that any of the buildings will be open to reunion attendees.)

  • The cruise out of Baltimore coordinated by the MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter (MUSNAVC), originally scheduled 26 September-1 October, has been cancelled.

Any questions? Use our Contact Us page, Department Routing: Convention.

About ANCA Conventions

At the banquet

The 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.