Preserving Our Past, Capitalizing on the Present, Embracing the Future

ANCA Convention

The Army Nurse Corps Association has since its founding held conventions every two years on even-numbered years, except for 2020, which had to be postponed because of the Covid pandemic. Our biennial gatherings include an agenda and speaker platform designed for celebrating the past, capitalizing on the present and connecting for the future.

Convention 2024

Hilton Embassy Suites, Cary, NCAtriumThis year's convention, with the theme of HERO LEADERSHIP, is scheduled  for 26-29 September, at the Embassy Suites hotel in a Raleigh, North Carolina, suburb – Cary, NC. The all-suites property is beautiful and surrounded by a stunning wooded area but it’s an easy walk to nearby restaur­ants and shopping. The hotel offers breakfast and an evening reception daily to all those staying onsite. 

We look forward to seeing our ANCA members and hopefully some fresh faces at this conven­tion! As is our tradition, we have touring time for Raleigh attractions on Thursday and a WRAIN Reception that evening. Friday will start our general and continuing education sessions along with a plated lunch and a recep­tion for all attendees on Friday evening. On Saturday, our general sessions will continue, with our Gala on Saturday night. Sunday morning we’ll conclude with our general sessions and a plated lunch. And as always, we will have our ANCA store available during the Convention, with plenty of  ANCA- and ANC-related items and other things of interest for you to purchase if you'd like.

If you're already ready, you can register right now – just press the green button at right.
But for more details, read on.

Continuing Education

We have assembled this distinguished group of presenters who will cover these diverse  topics, each for 1 contact hour. To view presenters' biographies, click their names.

Perspectives on Nursing Development: Mentoring vs. Modeling*

Discover the benefits of modeling over mentoring for National Guard nurses. Explore how modeling offers diverse learning sources and continuous skill development. Unlike mentoring, modeling allows for self-paced, adaptable learning. Learn why modeling can be a more versatile approach for personal and professional development in the National Guard.

Joe Puliafico

Joe Puliafico, RN, MHA

Leveraging Battlefield Experience to Guide Civilian Prehospital Medicine*

Learn how battlefield medicine advancements have transformed civilian prehospital care, saving lives across the United States. Military medical experiences have led to collaboration with EMS and hospitals, implementing evidence-based resuscitation programs. Discover the impact of prehospital blood programs in reducing morbidity and mortality from hemorrhage.

Randi Schaefer

Randi Schaefer, RN, DNP

Implicit bias & microaggressions: Understanding their impact on Army Nursing*

Explore how life experiences and culture shape implicit biases, impacting nurses and leading to healthcare disparities. Discover how these biases contribute to nursing shortages and affect both military and civilian healthcare. Learn how nurses can become allies, supporting minoritized populations to create a stronger, more diverse healthcare system.

Angela Simmons

Angela Simmons, RN, PhD

North Carolina Nurses and Readiness to Care for RC Children*

Discover the gap in school nurses' knowledge about Military Reserve Component (RC) connected children and the need for further research. Learn about efforts to engage school nurses in understanding and supporting these children. Explore the importance of equitable access to knowledgeable care for RC connected children in civilian-centric communities.

Margaret Wilmoth

Margaret Wilmoth, RN, PhD

Designing Support for Nurse Veterans Through the Lens of an Adapted Ecological Model*

Discover the latest findings on veteran reintegration and well-being. Learn how identity and community involvement impact post-service life. Explore the innovative ecological model used to study reintegration factors. Gain insights from the ANCA survey and how they shape support interventions for nurse veterans. Join us for a transformative discussion.
Denise Hopkins-Chadwick

Denise Hopkins-Chadwick, RN, PhD

*This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation. Approval refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of the content of this educational activity.


This convention will again feature a showcase of research, evidence-based practice initiatives, and performance improvement (PI) project posters from ANCA members! If you are an ANCA member who would like to submit one related to any nursing research, evidence-based practice initiative, or performance improvement project done in any location, submit it to Deadline for submission is 1 July 2024, notification will be made by 1 August; at that time you will receive display-poster-making instructions. This is a showcase, so posters may reflect work already presented at another venue. Poster authors need not attend the convention to have their poster displayed. 


Chatham WineryOn Thursday before the convention proper begins, we will have an optional afternoon tour for those who may want to take advantage of being in the area and arrive a day earlier. The Barrel and Brew Tour will leave at 1300 for the Chatham Hill Winery.  The first winery in the Triangle, Chatham Hill Winery was established in 1999. Believing in a minimalist approach, their wines are produced using traditional methods. Included in the tasting will be five wines and a glass of your choosing. Charcuterie will be provided during the tasting. 

Lonerider Brewery
The next stop is Lonerider Brewing Company.  Opened in 2009, they are counted amongst the top 150 breweries in the USA, offering award-winning beers and a great atmosphere. Here you will enjoy a flight of four beers and choose a pint of your choice.  Food trucks may be on-site for food purchases on your own.  The tour will get you back to the hotel by 1700 Tour price:  $116/Person, including bus, escort, and tastings.

Or, if you'd like to come early and do some exploring of historic Raleigh on your own, here are several interesting spots that are all located in downtown within walking distance of each other, easily reachable by POV, taxi, or ride-share hire:

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • Centennial Park and Capitol Plaza
  • North Carolina Veterans Monument, honoring North Carolina Veterans of World War I, World II, and the Korean War
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • The Presidents North Carolina Gave the Nation Statue 
  • The 81st “Wildcat” Division Monument 
  • Morgan Street Food Hall 

Silent Auction and ANCA Store

We will again have a virtual silent auction leading up to the convention. This site, hosted by BetterWorld, an organization which  supports non-profit organizations with fundraising, will display all the donated items for you to bid on on-line. Reviews from our bidders in the 2022 Convention auction were very positive. Please consider what you may have that would be suitable for auctioning, If you would like to donate, please contact auction coordinator Diane Scherr. All funds received are used to support ANCA programs. Items included in our 2022 auction included a Lladro figurine, ANC and Army memorabilia, a Peyton Manning signed football, and framed art. Watch this page for more details and how to both donate and bid. 

During the convention itself, we will have a range of ANCA and ANC and donated items for sale during breaks in the program. Meanwhile, contact Diane with any questions you have about the auction or the sale.


The green Register Now button at left will take you to our registration page, where you can select among many options at this convention: Full registration, one- or two-day registrations, guest and single event registrations, and tour signup. There is also the link to make hotel reservations to be sure you get the ANCA reduced rate, which includes WiFi and parking if you need it. That page also has more details, including the complete convention agenda and the list of others who have registered! If you need to pay by check rather than credit card, download the mail-in reservation form here.


Any questions? Contact the Convention Committee Chair under Convention on our Contact Us page.