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.

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*

Joe PuliaficoJoe Puliafico, RN, MHA

Leveraging Battlefield Experience to Guide Civilian Prehospital Medicine*

Randi SchaeferRandi Schaefer, RN, DNP

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

Angela SimmonsAngela Simmons, RN, PhD North Carolina Nurses and Readiness to Care for RC Children* Margaret WilmothMargaret Wilmoth, RN, PhD

Army Nurses in Vietnam*

C. J. MooreConstance Moore, RN, MSN
Designing Support for Nurse Veterans Through the Lens of an Adapted Ecological Model*
Denise Hopkins-ChadwickDenise 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 the Raleigh area 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 


You'll be able to register for this great biennial gathering of your friends and colleagues in a few days – watch this space and our social media pages for the announcement! Meanwhile, mark your calendar for it on 26-29 September next!

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