Join us at the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers 2023 Annual Conference – “Imagining, Innovating and Transforming the National Nursing Workforce”. The conference will be held on June 12-14, 2023 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington VA and will bring together nursing, workforce, and leaders from across the country to learn, share and network.

The COVID pandemic uncovered and exacerbated long-standing nursing workforce issues.  We are in an unprecedented time of immense change and transformation.  Sharing in-depth analyses of the issues and innovative initiatives will help colleagues, academicians, and policy makers work collectively to make significant strides in addressing this public health issue.  This national conference will focus on these key issues that affect the nursing workforce shortage:

  • Understanding root causes of the workforce shortage will enable us to create innovations to build the workforce that meets the needs of the future
  • Highlighting innovations to address the nursing pipeline and upskilling the nursing workforce with a focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Identifying effective strategies to promote health and wellbeing of nurses and healthy work environments to re-energize nurses back to direct care
  • Exploring the impact of healthcare financing issues such as payment reform, prospective payments, value based purchasing on the nursing workforce
  • Recommending strategies to decrease the gap between academic preparation and the skillful practice in clinical entities

The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers is a national network of 39 nursing workforce entities reaching more than 4 million nurses across the nation. The centers focus on addressing the nursing shortage, support the advancement of nurse workforce initiatives, and share best practices in nursing workforce research, planning, development and formulation of policy. Visit to learn more about our work.

Conference Objectives

The National Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers conference will explore strategies, policy, and advocacy related to the nursing workforce related to:

  • K-12 pipeline

  • Pre-requisite education, pre-nursing pathways

  • Pre-licensure education at the RN and APRN levels

  • Health and well-being of the nursing workforce

  • Upskilling the workforce through academic and/or mentoring programs

  • Optimizing the nursing workforce

  • Workforce data

CONFERENCE AGENDA OVERVIEW: Full Detailed Agenda will be posted by April 15th

June 12, 2023- Monday

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM   Registration, Poster and Exhibit Set-up

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   Conference Welcome

                                         Keynote Presentation: Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL, Chief Clinical Officer IntelyCare, Inc.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM  Networking Break- Posters/Exhibitors

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM  Move to Breakout Sessions

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM   Breakout Session 1

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM   Move to Breakout Sessions

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  Breakout Session 2

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  Welcome Reception- Posters/Exhibitors

June 13th, 2023- Tuesday 

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM   Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM  Plenary Session TBD

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Move to Breakout Sessions

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM    Breakout Session 3

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM    Move to Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM   Breakout Session 4

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM     Networking Break 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM      Sponsored Lunch, Posters/Exhibits

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM      Move to Breakout Sessions

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM       Breakout Session 5

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM      Move to Breakout Sessions 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM     Breakout Session 6

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM     Move to Breakout Sessions

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM      Breakout Session 7

June 14th, 2023- Wednesday 

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM     Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM      Endnote Presentation: Brian S. Dawson, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM,

                                             System VP of Perioperative Services, Common Spirit Health

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM       Move to Breakout Sessions

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM     Breakout Session 8

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM    Move to Breakout Sessions 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Breakout Session 9

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM      Visits with Legislators at Capitol- Arranged on own

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There will also be a Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academy Summit directly following our conference on Wednesday. 

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Opening Keynote Presentation 

Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL

Chief Clinical Officer

IntelyCare, Inc

Rebecca is an experienced nurse executive and is the first nurse featured on, and recognized as one of Modern Healthcare‘s most influential people in healthcare in 2022.  Rebecca, was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at Northeastern School of Nursing – the founding initiative in the Country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs, where she founded the Nurse Hackathon, the movement has led to transformational change in the Nursing Profession. In early 2019, Rebecca, along with a group of leading nurses in the world, founded and is President of SONSIEL: The Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders, a non-profit that quickly attained recognition by the United Nations as an Affiliate Member to the UN.    Rebecca is an experienced Nurse Entrepreneur, founding in 2013 which was acquired in 2018 by Ryalto, LTD UK, where she served as the Managing Director of US Markets, until it’s acquisition in 2019.  Currently, Rebecca serves as the Chief Clinical Officer of IntelyCare, Inc.  Rebecca is passionate about empowering nurses and creating communities to help nurses innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses and inventions to transform healthcare.

Rebecca holds a M.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University, B.A. in International Relations/Spanish from Boston University, an, sits on the board of NextGen Ventures, Health Science Entrepreneurs at Northeastern University & the Host Committee for the Massachusetts ACLU.  She currently lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her husband and 3 children.

Plenary Presentation

Ashley Darcy Mahoney, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Nurse Scholar in Residence

Professor – George Washington University

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney a neonatal nurse practitioner and researcher, has worked throughout her career to advance nursing research, education and practice, with a focus on neonatology, infant health and developmental pediatrics. Her research has led to the creation of programs that improve health and developmental outcomes for at-risk and preterm infants.

As a tenured associate professor of nursing and the director of infant research at George Washington University’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, Dr. Darcy-Mahoney advances the body of research in infant health and developmental outcomes in high-risk infants with a focus on understanding the early brain and development trajectories in this population. In addition to her work with the institute, she conducts interdisciplinary research through “Talk With Me Baby” a multi-agency initiative using the nursing workforce to educate parents in the importance of talking and engaging with their babies in early infancy. Her research seeks to improve early-childhood outcomes for these infants, most recently through language interventions that improve future literacy and cognitive development.

Dr. Darcy-Mahoney is a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Nurse Faculty Scholar and with her most recent grant from the RWJ Foundation, she is pursuing outcomes research in preterm infants by comparing developmental trajectories of children raised in a bilingual environment against those raised in a monolingual environment.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurses, a 2017 Josiah Macy Scholar, was named among the Top 25 Pediatric Nursing Professors by and has earned numerous awards, including the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, Florida Association of Neonatal Nurses President’s Award and the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Award for Innovation from her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Leon, RN, BSN, PHN

Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action Senior Health Equity Fellow

CEO – National Healthcare & Housing Advisors

Paul Leon, is the former CEO, President, and Founder of Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness. Established in 2008, Illumination Foundation is a uniquely healthcare-focused homeless services provider, leading  innovative healthcare and housing solutions. Paul pioneered Illumination Foundation’s Recuperative Care/Medical Respite Program to manage the discharge of homeless patients from hospitals, making it the largest provider of Recuperative Care in the United States. In 2021, Illumination Foundation was listed as one of the top ten nonprofit organizations in Orange County.  Paul serves on several advisory committees including the UC Irvine School of Nursing and the Mental Health Association of Orange County. He conducts classes for leading institutions such as the USC School of Social Work, and UCI’s School of Medicine. He consults with CHOC’s Residency Program and the Kaiser Family Resident Program and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC). Recently, Paul has been named a Senior Fellow of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of the AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Paul’s innovative work has been recognized by the PIMCO Leadership Circle Award and the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. Most recently, Paul was named one of ten AARP Well-Being Champions to “recognize those championing change across America in the areas of health and well-being.” In 2019, Paul won the AARP Purpose Prize Award which honors “extraordinary people ages 50 and older who’ve dedicated their lives to serving others in creative and innovative ways. Through the creation of NHHA, Paul’s goals are to continue to advise, research and publicize public health models in an effort to end homelessness. He is a tireless champion for the ever-growing issues of poverty, homelessness, and healthcare.

Ending Keynote Presentation 

Brian S. Dawson, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM

System VP of Perioperative Services 

Common Spirit Health

As the first Afro-American Male, Nurse Corps Officer to Command a Naval Hospital; Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in nursing from American University in Washington, DC. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy Nurse Corps in 1983.  Brian served in various positions, including SPD Manager, OR Department Head and Director of Surgical Services at multiple facilities.  In 1997, Brian graduated with honors from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a Master of Science in Nursing Administration/Leadership.  He went on to serve as the COO of Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Base Jacksonville, NC and as the CEO of the Navy’s largest overseas Medical Treatment Facility U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.  

He finished his distinguished 28 year naval career as the Chief of Staff for the 36th Navy Surgeon General.  Upon retiring from the Navy, Brian has served as the Vice President of Surgical Services for Salem Hospital in Salem, OR; as Director of Surgical Services at St Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood CO; Served as an Instructor / Educator for AORN’s Nurse Executive Leadership Series; Serves as CEO and President of BD Perioperative and Healthcare Consulting, LLC.  He currently serves as the System VP of Perioperative Services, Common Spirit Health.


     Conference Registration is now open.

     The Early Bird deadline is April 15th at 11:55 PM.

     All registrations will close on May 31, 2023 at 11:55 PM.

     No refunds will be processed after May 31, 2023.

Ticket Levels and Prices

  • Non-member Registration (available until May 31st) $725

  • Early Bird State Representative or Associate Subscriber Registration (available until April 15th) $550

  • Regular State Representative or Associate Subscriber Registration (available from April 16th-May 31st) $599

  • One Day Registration (available until May 31st) $350

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There will also be a Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academy Summit directly following this conference on Wednesday. 

Click here for more information about the Summit 

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There are multiple sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for our Annual Conference.

National Forum 2023 Sponsorship Information

Link to Register for Sponsorship or Exhibit 

Hotel Arrangements

National Forum Room Block Rate: $319/night + taxes

Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

1250 South Hayes Street

Arlington, Virginia 22202


Link To Reservation Website 

The Room Block will close May 19th, 2023.

Our Call for Abstracts is Closed. 

  • How do I submit an abstract? Abstract submission is closed.
  • Do I have to submit an abstract to attend the conference? No, registration for the conference is open to anyone wanting to attend.
  • How can I make hotel reservations?  A room block has been reserved at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon at a special group rate of $319/night. Call Marriott Reservations at 703-415-5000 or Click this link to reserve online
  • What is an Associate Subscriber for the National Forum?  Associate Subscribers are members of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers and receive many benefits as members of the national nursing workforce community.  More information is available here
  • What is the deadline for cancelling my registration ticket?  May 31, 2023. No refunds after this deadline.
  • Can I pay for my registration at the door?  All registrations must be fully paid prior to the cancellation deadline of May 31, 2023.  Payment can be made by credit card, ACH or a mailed check to National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, PO Box 117, Northwood, ND 58267
  • Will there by continuing education credits available? Yes,TBD
  • What is the Clinical Faculty and Preceptor Academy Summit?  This is a separate opportunity that will directly follow the conference on Wednesday. Click here for more information. 

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