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The Army Nurse Corps Association's 2014 convention will be a historic first it will be held during an 8-day cruise along the New England and Canadian coast, aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Grandeur of the Seas.
The convention itinerary will include our important briefings and reports from senior ANCA and ANC leadership at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on the morning of departure. Bus transportation will then convey us to Baltimore, the port of embarkation.
For those coming from outside the Baltimore-Washington area, we have a Pre-Embarkation Package consisting of overnight accommodations at the Marriott SpringHill Suites at the Baltimore airport (BWI), and bus transportation to Walter Reed and back to BWI on return to port. Watch this space for information on transportation arrangements for attendees who will not be flying in.
During the voyage, there will be day-long stops along the coast, as shown in the graphic. Tours and excursions during these days will be available. During at-sea days there will be convention meetings, continuing education presentations, and plenty of opportunity to enjoy the comforts and amenities of one of Royal Caribbean's premier ships. The activities calendar is shown below.
|2 Oct||BWI Marriott|| ||0800|
|2 Oct||Walter Reed NMMC,|
|2 Oct||Baltimore, Maryland|| ||1600|
|3 Oct||Cruising|| All Day |
|4 Oct||Portland, Maine||1130||1900|
|5 Oct||Bar Harbor, Maine||0800||1800|
|6 Oct||St. John, New Brunswick||0700||1600|
|7 Oct||Halifax, Nova Scotia||1000||1900|
|8 Oct||Cruising|| All Day |
|9 Oct||Cruising|| All Day |
|10 Oct||Baltimore||0700|| |
Continuing Education Program
Our program has been approved by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for 2.00 contact hours Synergy CERP Category A, 2.00 contact hours Synergy CERP Category B and 2.00 contact hours Synergy CERP Category 2 and file number 00018583. Our Faculty and Program Titles:
COL (Ret.) Nancy Molter, RN, PhD and LTC Kimberly Biever, RN, MSN – Medical Revolutions in the Combat Health Care Environment: Role of the Joint Trauma System
COL (Ret.) Jane Hudak, RN, PhD – Prostate Cancer: Testing, Treatments and Trends
COL (Ret.) Janet Harris, RN, PhD – Transforming the Military Health System to a System of Health
COL (Ret.) Claudia Bartz, RN, PhD – The ICN Influences Health and Well-being Globally
COL (Ret.) Ron Hudak, PhD – National Health Care Policy: Implications for Patient-Family Care and the Military Health System
COL (Ret.) Nancy Staggers, RN, PhD – mHealth Applications: Your Health on Your Phone
It's Not Too Late!
We invite ANCA members' spouses and friends, AMEDD colleagues, and our friends in other US military nurse corps to join us this time. Make your plans now to Reconnect * Learn * Build with ANCA in this exciting, fun setting!
| Because of the overwhelming response so far, Royal Caribbean has allocated more cabins for our group. With these additional cabins, we have been able to extend the deadline for registration until 15 January 2014. Of course, those who registered by the original 15 July deadline were able to get first choice of cabins. Good cabins are still available, but prices are subject to increase as the ship fills up. The sooner you register insures you of a good cabin location at a good price. |
|Refund schedule, FYI*|
Days to Departure*
Charges Per Person
50% of total price (taxes & fees excluded)**
75% of total (taxes & fees excluded)**
14 or less
No refund except for taxes and fees
|*For more details, see on-line registration form.|
To reserve your cabin and register for the meeting, you can do it on our on-line registration page, shown above. Before registering on line, please download the Registration Form and review the helpful hints page.
If you'd rather not register on line, just complete and mail in the form along with your deposit.
If you any have questions about the cruise, call ANCA's travel agent, Jim Jackson, at JETT Private Tours, at 910-617-8306, or for other questions, Convention Chair Jeri Graham at 910-616-3487.
For singles who would like help in finding a cabinmate to share the cost, we offer our Travel Companion Compatibility Criteria (TC3) service. ANCA members can complete the on-line TC3 questionnaire. If you're not a member, you can request the form by contacting our convention staff at 910-616-3487. E-Harmony it's not, but we'll do our best to help get potentially compatible cabin-sharers together.
We welcome with open arms all active, retired, and former members of all components of the Army Nurse Corps to join ANCA if they have not already, and come with us as we meet for reminiscence, fellowship, good timesand oh, yes, a little organizational businessevery 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.
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